Sterling Awards 2017 - Micro Business Award Application





The Sterling Award for Micro Business (between 1- 5 full time equivalent employed by Arizona operation. Full time equals 30+ hours per week. Example: Two part time employees working 15 hour per week equal one full time employee) recognizes an entrepreneurship or emerging business exhibiting success through innovation, creativity and collaboration.

Eligible applicants must meet the following criteria:
• established for a minimum of two years;
• licensed as a legitimate business in the state of Arizona;
• current member in good standing of the Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce
• 5 years since being awarded winner in this category


The Sterling Award selection process is among the most credible of all business award competitions in the metro Phoenix area.  Following submission, your application will be reviewed by a panel of six judges who will individually score your responses to each question.  Judges will use a 10 point grading system for each question, resulting in a cumulative score for each applicant.  The three applicants with the highest scores will advance as finalists. *Current applicants are not eligible to judge.

The second phase of the judging process will include an on-site interview during which the judges will visit the finalists’ places of business.  Each finalist will have an opportunity to make a formal presentation, conduct a facility tour and respond to additional questions from the judges. This process will result in a second and final set of scores which will determine the winner in your category.  The winner will remain confidential until announced at the Sterling Awards Luncheon on Friday, November 18th.

At the event, all finalists will be recognized on stage in addition to the video presentations. Additionally, the finalists will be invited to a special VIP party prior to the Sterling Awards Luncheon.


Please make note of the following important dates and deadlines:

  • Application Workshop #1 – Tuesday, August 1st 11:30am – 12:30pm in the Chamber Boardroom
  • Application Workshop #2 – Wednesday, August 2nd 4:00 – 5:00pm in the Chamber Boardroom
  • Application Deadline – Friday, August 25th
  • On-Site Judging – September 11th – 15th
  • Company Video Shoots – Month of October
  • VIP Reception – Thursday, November 16th5:30 – 7:30pm (Location TBD)
  • Sterling Awards Luncheon – Friday, November 17th, 11:30am – 1:30pm Embassy Suites Scottsdale

Application Instructions
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Sterling Awards 2017 - Micro Business Award Application


  • Please provide a response to the following questions, and include any information that distinguishes your company and makes it uniquely deserving of the Sterling Award.

  • Please describe your core business in 200 words or less.
  • State your corporate/organizational mission, vision, values and goals.
  • Please describe your management practices as they pertain to corporate / organizational culture, leadership, training and work environment. Give examples of how your company / organization cultivates an atmosphere that promotes employee growth, recognition and work/life balance in a multi-generational workforce.
  • What is your company’s / organization's competitive advantage? What makes your company unique in its industry? How has your company / organization demonstrated innovation in the delivery of its product and/or delivery of service?
  • Please provide details regarding economic impact and investment in the local economy. How does your company make a significant impact on the economy and local workforce in light of its relative size and resources? How has your organization improved the lives of those you serve? Please cite specific examples.
  • How has your company / organization responded to economic changes in your industry? Please cite specific examples.
  • Please describe your management practices and how you exhibit creativity and imagination in the running of your business. Give specific examples.
  • How does your company / organization define success? Please describe your success measures or metrics and provide appropriate historical data to substantiate your achievements. What about growth? What is your vision for the future? Awards or other recognitions?
  • Please describe ways that your company / organization supports the community and the Scottsdale Area Chamber through the involvement of its executives and employees in community projects and/or volunteer efforts.
  • How does your company / organization engage volunteers in carrying out its mission? Describe how you attract volunteers and other supporters to your organization. (Please note if your company does not utilize volunteers).
  • Please describe any important alliances or collaborations that contribute to your ability to provide service and expertise to your clients / customers.
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