The Stevie® Awards, organizer of The American Business Awards, announced today that the final entry deadline for the 13th annual ABAs has been extended to May 1. This is the first time in the history of The American Business Awards that the final entry deadline has been officially extended.
“We’ve received so many requests for individual deadline extensions that we’ve decided to extend the deadline for everyone,” said Stevie Awards president Michael Gallagher. The original final deadline was April 22.
No additional late fees will be charged for entries submitted through May 1, and late entries will not be penalized in any way in the judging process.
All organizations operating in the U.S.A. are eligible to submit nominations -- public and private, for-profit and non-profit, large and small. The 2015 awards will honor achievements since the beginning of 2014. Entry details are available at http://www.StevieAwards.com/ABA.
The American Business Awards recognize achievement in every facet of the workplace. Categories include:
- Management Awards
- Company of the Year Awards
- Customer Service Awards
- Human Resources Awards
- Information Technology Awards
- Marketing Awards
- New Product Awards
- Public Relations Awards
- Website Awards, Smartphone and Tablet Apps, and other Media Awards
There are many new categories in the ABAs this year, including Woman of the Year (in the Management categories), Branded Content Campaign of the Year (in the Marketing categories), and Best Business Book (in the Publication categories). There are also several new Company/Organization categories that don’t require entry fees, including five Startup of the Year categories and Energy Industry Innovation of the Year, a category that will recognize singular innovations in energy-related technology, production, conservation, storage or delivery.
The New Product & Service categories have been greatly expanded for 2015, with entirely new sets of categories to recognize Content- and Education-related products and services.
Stevie Award winners will be selected through two stages of judging by more than 200 professionals worldwide. Finalists will be announced on May 7, and the awards presented at two gala events: on June 22 at the Fairmont Hotel in Chicago, and on September 11 at San Francisco’s Julia Morgan Ballroom. Stevie Awards will be conferred at three levels of distinction: Gold, Silver and Bronze. Several Grand Stevie Awards also will be conferred as best-of-competition prizes. Stevie Award trophies are among the world's most coveted prizes.