Sterling Awards 2019 - Micro Business Award Application



DEADLINE: Friday, August 9, 2019


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 15th.

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 reception prior to the Sterling Awards Luncheon on Thursday, November 14th.


Please make note of the following important dates and deadlines:

  • Application Workshop #1 – Thursday, July 11th 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm in the Chamber Boardroom
  • Application Workshop #2 – Friday, July 12th 11:30 am – 12:30 pm in the Chamber Boardroom
  • Application Deadline –  Friday, August 9th 3:00 pm
  • On-Site Judges Visits (Finalist only) – August 27th, 28th & 29th
  • In-Studio Video Shoots (Finalist only) – September 11th & 12th
  • On-Site Video Shoots (Finalist only) – September 19th, 20th, 24th & 25th
  • VIP Reception – Thursday, November 14th 5:30 – 7:30 pm
  • Sterling Awards Luncheon – Friday, November 15th, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm Embassy Suites Scottsdale

Application Instructions
Complete this form and answer all questions entirely. Applications must be submitted online. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
• Fields indicated with * are required.
• Download the form HERE. **Please note that the form needs to be completed and submitted online.**
• If you have questions about the application or how to properly complete the application process, please contact Cheri Valentino, 480.355.2708 or