About the Awards

The Greater Peterborough Chamber Of Commerce and the Small Business Week Committee established the Peterborough Business Excellence Awards in order to promote the advancement of responsible business leadership and prosperity within the community.

It is our goal that many noteworthy and accomplished companies will be recognized and honoured with these prestigious awards.

More information is also available on our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Benefits of Participation

* For more information on the benefits of participation, see our Testimonials page.

As a Nominator

Submitting a nomination is a great way to recognize your favourite local business.  You only need to provide 100 words about why the business deserves to be nominated in the appropriate category.  We will pass your submission along to the nominated company,  so that they can share and celebrate the acknowledgement with their team.  They will then have the opportunity to complete the nomination form and potentially be recognized as a finalist!   

As a Nominee or Self-Nominee

No one knows your business better than you, and this is your opportunity to share your success story and shine a spotlight on your business.  Submitting a self-nomination or completing a nomination submitted by a third party is a great way to celebrate the achievements of your business and your team.   Your company could be recognized as one of three finalists in your category, and be profiled in our multi-media promotional campaign!    

As a Finalist

If selected as a finalist, your company will gain recognition as a top achiever and will join leading companies in Peterborough, as an outstanding member of this community.  You will also enjoy:

  • A special profile in the Peterborough Examiner

  • A video profile presented at the Awards Ceremony

  • Social media promotion

  • A commemorative plaque to display and "Excellence Finalist" logo to post on your website, promotional materials, etc.

  • Recognition at the annual Business Excellence Awards Ceremony, attended by 500 of Peterborough's business leaders

“The nomination form is easy to complete online and the recognition that winners and finalists receive at the event, in the Peterborough Examiner, and on social media is priceless.”
— Kelli & Tony Grady, Owners, Grady's Feet Essentials 2017 Retail – Non-Chain/Non-Franchise Award Recipients


In order to be eligible for nomination for any of the award categories the nominee must be located within the City/County of Peterborough, or have been founded and still have headquarters here. All qualified candidates are encouraged to nominate themselves, or you may nominate any qualified individual, or business for any of the award categories. Nominees do not need to be members of the Chamber of Commerce. Forms are available online or by calling 705-748-9771 ext 0.

**Please Note: You have the opportunity to submit nominations in two categories per business.  Check out the full list of categories.  Businesses nominated in multiple categories MUST only select 2 categories to put forth for submission.


Submitting a Nomination

Simply choose your category and follow the links to the nomination form.  

Nominations will be accepted Wednesday, April 3rd - Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019 at 4:30pm.


All completed nominations are reviewed by the Judging Committee.  Judging is based solely on the information provided within the application form.

Judges will assign a score (0-3) for each section.  The more thorough, comprehensive and/or informative the application, the higher the potential points score. The Chamber reserves the right to contact the nominee to verify facts.  For more information, check out our Tips from the Judges


Announcement of Finalists

Three finalists will be selected for each category*. These finalists will be announced in the Peterborough Examiner on August 8th, 2019.  Only the 3 finalists chosen for each category will be notified by the Chamber prior to this date. 

*Except: Business Citizen of the Year and Business Student Leadership Prize Recipients, who will be announced at the Awards Ceremony. 

Awards Presentation

Award recipients in each category will be announced live at the annual Peterborough Business Excellence Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, October 16th, 2019 at Showplace Performance Centre.  This marquee event is a celebration of the achievements of the Peterborough business community, with 500 prominent local business leaders in attendance.  Mark your calendar for the Business Social Event of the Year!  Ticket sales will open following the announcement of finalists on August 8th, 2019.

“ It was a wonderful opportunity to step-back to appreciate our business accomplishments and to be inspired by other local business owners or entrepreneurs in their achievements.”
— Martha Sullivan of Sullivan Law Ptbo, 2018 Micro Business Award Recipient

The Committee

Noah Crowley, Crowley Financial Solutions (Co-Chair)

Angela Jones, Lakeshore Designs (Co-Chair)

Tracie Bertrand, Peterborough & the Kawarthas Economic Development

Brenda O’Brien, WOLF/Global Peterborough/FRESH

Leigh Prentice, Bell

Cheryl Smith, RBC Royal Bank

Andy Tough, RMS Events