Everyone likes free things. What is a trip to the dentist without the free toothbrush and floss? Costco samples? There are never enough. Free pizza in the office conference room? Everyone is there. This year The (14th Annual) American Business Awards is offering a slew of categories that do not have an entry fee. Yes, you read that right. Free entries for your chance to win a Stevie Award!
The only catch? The entry deadline is tomorrow, February 18. These are savings of up to $470. If your organization is in the U.S.A. and you're considering submitting nominations to the ABAs, now is the perfect time
.Late entries will be accepted through March 16 with the payment of a late fee. For the categories listed below with waived entry fees, the $55 late entry fee will still apply.
The awards categories with waived entry fees are as follows:
Startup of the Year (for companies that began operations since January 1 2014).
a. Business Product Industries
b. Business Service Industries
c. Consumer Product Industries
d. Consumer Service Industries
Tech Startup of the Year (for companies that began operations since January 1 2014).
Energy Industry Innovation of the Year: This category recognizes singular innovations in energy-related technology, production, conservation, storage or delivery, by an organization or an individual in the U.S.A., since January 1 2015.
For the 2016 competition we have introduced a variety of free categories to recognize individuals in various fields:
Communications Professional of the Year: for non-executive communications, PR, and IR professionals.
Technical Professional of the Year: for non-executive technical professionals including software developers, web developers, technical writers, etc.
Marketer of the Year: recognizing non-executive marketing professionals.
Product Developer of the Year: recognizing all non-executive product development or management professionals.
Support Staffer of the Year: recognizing non-executive support personnel, including office managers, administrative assistants, secretaries, maintenance professionals, etc.
Entries in all of the awards categories listed above require:
- An essay of up to 650 words describing the nominated organization's achievements since January 1 2015
b. In bullet-list form (up to 150 words), a brief summary of up to ten (10) of the nominated organization's chief achievements since January 1 2015
c. Optional (but highly recommended), a collection of supporting files and web addresses that you may upload to our server to support your entry and provide more background information to the judges
Remember, the first step to submitting a nomination is to review the entry kit. You can do so here.