Award Description and Eligibility

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Each year, at The Lancaster Chamber of Commerce & Industry Annual Dinner, a local business member is honored as the Small Business Person of the Year.  This award is made in recognition of the outstanding contributions of small business to the economy and overall progress of the Lancaster trade area.

To be eligible for nomination, the candidate and his or her business must meet the following criteria.

  • Active member of The Lancaster Chamber in good standing throughout the duration of the process.
  • Has completed 7 years of operations as a for-profit business.
  • Employs less than 100 employees (including all entities or subsidiaries) according to The Lancaster Chamber records at time of nomination.
  • Nominated person is the CEO, President or top leader and actively involved in day-to-day leadership of the business?
  • Conducts business in an ethical manner beyond reproach.

Selection Criteria and Definition

  1. Business Growth (20% total score)
    Verified indications of growth and the effective management of growth. Growth indicators can be in sales; profit; workforce retention; facility size; number of locations; customers – repeat business; products/service lines, etc.
  2. Business Formation (10% total score)
    The degree and extent responsible for formation of the business concept and of the business itself.
  3. Entrepreneurial and Leadership Skill (20% total score)
    Evidence of applied entrepreneurship and leadership characteristics and behavior (i.e. vision, focus and direction, a plan/goals, development of personnel, development of leadership in self and others, market leadership).
  4. Staying Power and Problem Solving (20% total score)
    Evidence of long-term focus and long-term performance; able to handle challenge, competition, overcome adversity and manage risk effectively.
  5. Community Service (10% total score)
    Evidence of contribution and involvement in the community, investment of financial and other resources such as time, talent, materials/facilities/equipment, involvement of self and others in the organization.
  6. Chamber Service (10% total score)
    Evidence of contribution of time and talent to The Chamber. Support of chamber functions through involvement, leadership and sponsorship activities. Influencing others, in your organization, to become actively involved in The Chamber.
  7. Business Philosophy, Ethics and Quality (10% total score)
    Evidence of stated and applied commitment to a philosophy or principles guiding the conduct of business, ethical decision making and practice and highest quality in product or service by the candidate and the organization.

Rating Guidelines

For each criteria, all nominees are rated on a scale of 1 to 6 (1-2 being low, 3-4 being mid point, 5-6 being high).

1. Business Growth (20% total score)

Low
Sales - 10% or under
Profitability & staff retention < industry standard

Mid Point
Sales - 11-30%
Profitability & staff retention = industry standard

High
Sales - Over 30%
Profitability & staff retention > industry standard

2. Business Formation (10% total score)

Low
Given the business or passed unto.

Mid Point
Bought existing business, a franchise or founded.

High
Founded the concept and the business.

3. Entrepreneurial and Leadership Skill (20% total score)

Low
Evidence of skills by candidate.

Mid Point
By candidate and some others in the organization.

High
By candidate and integrated organization wide.

4. Stay Power and Problem Solving (20% total score)

Low
In business 3-5 years, minimum competition, challenge, adversity or risk.

Mid Point
5-15 years, moderate competition, challenge, adversity or risk.

High
Over 15 years, overcoming significant competition, challenge, adversity or risk.

5. Community Service (10% total score)

Low
Contribute $.

Mid Point
Contribute $ and personal time/talent. On committee for local charity or community service project.

High
Contribute $ and personal time/talent. Draws others into community service activities. Has volunteer leadership position (board level) in community service organization.

6. Chamber Service (10% total score)

Low
Attends and encourages others to attend Chamber functions.

Mid Point
Demonstrated volunteer service to The Chamber. On Chamber committee. Regularly attends Chamber functions. If business leader, supports ($ and time) staff involvement at functions.

High
Board level position or Chamber Ambassador. Leadership abilities with programs noted. Regularly attends Chamber functions. If business leader, supports staff involvement in volunteer positions.

7. Business Philosophy, Ethics and Quality (10% total score)

Low
Able to state a business philosophy, ethics, quality position or commitment.

Mid Point
Evidence of self-practice and leadership by doing as business conduct.

High
Integrated as process and practice of others in business conduct.

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