Torbay Business Awards


The Torbay Business Awards program provides an opportunity to recognize the best of the best in Torbay Business!

The Town appreciates all of Torbay’s business and not-for-profit organizations and is thankful for their ongoing dedication and commitment. This annual event offers an opportunity to shine a spotlight on these businesses and organizations through a public nomination process.

Call for Nominations

The Town of Torbay encourages all residents and businesses to recognize local businesses and not-for-profit organizations through the annual Torbay Business Awards Program. Nominations are being accepted between March 1st – April 1st, 2024.

To nominate a local business, simply scroll down to select the most fitting category, complete that category’s online nomination form and press the submit tab!

Please be as descriptive and detailed as possible. All nominations are provided to an external selection panel who will evaluate each submission based on the information expressed in the nomination forms. The Town Council and Staff do not choose the winners and play an unbiased role in the Business Awards program.

Award Categories and Nomination Forms

Business of the Year Award

Awarded to the business that exemplifies an all-round excellence in business as well as a significant contribution to the community.


The “Business of the Year” award for the Town of Torbay is given to the Business that exemplifies an all-round excellence in business as well as a significant contribution to the community.


Business Information

Contact Name(Required)

Nominator Information

Nominator Name(Required)

Businesses can nominate themselves. Please address as many of the following criteria as possible. Bullet form or essay summary style is acceptable

Criteria:

  • In your opinion, describe how the business demonstrates an all-round excellence in business.
  • Describe the business’ contribution to the community (e.g. participation in community events, etc.).
  • Describe how the business demonstrates an excellence in the field of customer service (e.g. customer feedback, promotions, etc.).
  • Describe how the business demonstrates product/ service differentiation in comparison to the competition.
  • Describe how the business uses innovation and originality to overcome obstacles and to constantly improve its products/ services.

Thank you for taking the time to nominate a business for the Business of the Year Award. The responses will be evaluated by an external selection committee. One award winner will be selected. Nominations must be received before 4:00pm on Monday, April 1st, 2024.

Young Entrepreneur Award

Awarded to a youth, under the age of 35, that has made a significant impact on the community as a business owner / operator and through participation in / support for community events.


The “Young Entrepreneur” award for the Town of Torbay is given to a youth, under the age of 35, that has made a significant impact on the community with regards to business success and contribution to community events.


Young Entrepreneur Information

Contact Name(Required)

Nominator Information

Nominator Name(Required)

Entrepreneurs can nominate themselves. Please address as many of the following criteria as possible. Bullet form or essay summary style is acceptable.

Criteria:

  • In your opinion, describe how the young entrepreneur became successful in their endeavours to become a successful business owner.
  • Describe the young entrepreneur’s contribution to the community through business or personal means (e.g. volunteer in the community, partnerships created…etc.)
  • Describe how the young entrepreneur displays a level of innovation and originality (e.g. overcoming obstacles, improving the business’ product/ service, etc.)
  • Describe how the entrepreneur displays leadership abilities and acts as a role model.
  • In your opinion, describe how the entrepreneur meets a need in the community in a unique and creative way.

Thank you for taking the time to nominate for the Young Entrepreneur Award. The responses will be evaluated by an external selection committee. One award winner will be selected. Nominations must be received before 4:00pm on Monday, April 1st, 2024.

New/Emerging Business Award

Awarded to a business that has been in operation for more than 1 year and less than 3 years, has made a significant impact on the community, and shows promise to continue its success in the future.


The “New/Emerging Business” award for the Town of Torbay is given to a business that has been in operation for more than 1 year and less than three years and has made a significant impact on the community, and shows promise to continue its success in the future.


Business Information

Contact Name(Required)

Nominator Information

Nominator Name(Required)

Businesses can nominate themselves. Please address as many of the following criteria as possible. Bullet form or essay summary style is acceptable.

Criteria:

  • Describe the success the business has experienced in its 1-3 years of operation
  • Describe the goals and objectives of the business, its goals for future success and potential expansion
  • Describe the business’ contribution to the community (e.g. locally made products, financial, volunteering, participation etc.).
  • Describe how the business demonstrates an excellence in the field of customer service
  • Describe the obstacles, if any, the business has had to overcome in order to prevail in the community’s business market.

Thank you for taking the time to nominate a business for the New/Emerging Business Award. The responses will be evaluated by an external selection committee. One award winner will be selected. Nominations must be received before 4:00pm on Monday, April 1st, 2024.

Economic Impact Award

Awarded to the business that is viewed as an economic driver within the community through its sustainable approach to business, as well as investment in the community that has significant positive impact on the economy of Torbay.


The “Economic Impact Award” for the Town of Torbay is given to the Business that is viewed as an economic driver within the community through its sustainable approach to business, as well as, investment in the Community that has significant positive impact on the economy of Torbay.


Business Information

Contact Name(Required)

Nominator Name

Nominator Name(Required)

Businesses can nominate themselves. Please address as many of the following criteria as possible. Bullet form or essay summary style is acceptable.

Criteria:

  • Describe the positive impact the business has made within the Community of Torbay
  • Describe how the business demonstrates the development of positive relationships and community support.
  • Describe how the business’s services/product contributes to improving the economy and the community of Torbay.

Thank you for taking the time to nominate a business for the Economic Impact Award. The responses will be evaluated by an external selection committee. One award winner will be selected. Nominations must be received before 4:00pm on Monday, April 1st, 2024.

Customer Commitment Award

Awarded to the business that delivers consistent, superior, customer service and commitment to their patrons.


The “Customer Commitment Award” for the Town of Torbay is given to the Business that delivers consistent, superior, customer service and commitment to their patrons.


Business Information

Contact Name(Required)

Nominator Information

Nominator Name(Required)

Businesses can nominate themselves. Please address as many of the following criteria as possible. Bullet form or essay summary style is acceptable.

Criteria:

  • Describe how the business always strives to focus on its customers.
  • Provide examples of how the business makes customers a priority in its day-to-day dealings.
  • Describe if the business makes you more willing to utilize its products or services due to its customer focus.
  • Describe why this business should be highlighted for its customer service mandate.

Thank you for taking the time to nominate a business for the Customer Commitment Award. The responses will be evaluated by an external selection committee. One award winner will be selected. Nominations must be received before 4:00pm on Monday, April 1st, 2024.

Not-for-Profit Excellence Award

Awarded to an organization that contributes to the economic, social, and/or cultural well-being of the community of Torbay resulting in significant social impact.


The “Not-For-Profit Excellence Award” for the Town of Torbay is given to an organization that contribute to the economic, social and/or cultural well-being of the community of Torbay resulting in significant social impact.


Organization Information

Contact Name(Required)

Nominator Information

Nominator Name(Required)

Organizations can nominate themselves. Please address as many of the following criteria as possible. Bullet form or essay summary style is acceptable.

Criteria:

  • Describe the organizations creative and practical approaches of doing business that benefit the Community of Torbay and how they differentiate themselves from other organizations.
  • Describe how the organization started within the community and reflect on how its grown including creation of partnerships and community involvement

Thank you for taking the time to nominate a business for the Not-For-Profit Excellence Award. The responses will be evaluated by an external selection committee. One award winner will be selected. Nominations must be received before 4:00pm on Monday, April 1st, 2024.

Unable to nominate online?  NO PROBLEM

If you are unable to nominate online, please contact the Town’s Economic Development and Tourism Officer, Kerry Murray at kmurray@torbay.ca or phone 709-437-6532, ext 230. Alternate arrangements to nominate will be accommodated.

Torbay Business Awards FAQ’s

The Torbay Business Awards is an annual program aimed to recognize and celebrate the Town of Torbay Business Community, including recognizing the efforts non-profit organizations. The Awards program include a nomination process and a celebration event that is typically scheduled during National Economic Development Week in May.

By Nominating a Torbay Business/Non-Profit Organization, you are encouraging, supporting and recognizing the investment and achievements that each has made within Torbay. Your nomination brings attention to all of the outstanding businesses/organizations within our community; it truly is a great way to say ‘thanks’!

Anyone can nominate a Torbay Business or Non-Profit Organization.  Business and Non-profits can even self nominate.  You DO NOT need to be a resident of Torbay to nominate!

Absolutely! We encourage you to toot your own horn and submit a nomination for your business.

Yes, anyone can submit a nomination, including non-residents of Torbay, Town Staff and Town Councillors.

No problem.  If you are unable to submit a form online, please contact the Town’s Economic Development and Tourism Officer at 709-437-6532, ext 230 or kmurray@torbay.ca, to arrange receiving a paper-copy.

Yes, previous winners are eligible to win the following year(s).  The nominations are provided to a selection committee external to the town who review and select winners.

  • A Business must be in operation within the Town of Torbay and be registered with the Town, operating with an approved business license.
  • A Business must also be in good standing (not in arrears) with respect to payment of business taxes.

  • A Non-profit organization must be in operation within the Town of Torbay and have made a commitment to provide a service to the community for the community