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2014 GB Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards set for October 25th
By Sarah Kirkby
Sep 21, 2014 - 5:02:41 PM

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Lisa Turnquest, President's Award, 2011

Freeport, Grand Bahama - After a one year hiatus, the Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce (GBCC) recently announced the Business Excellence Recognition Awards is back.These prestigious awards are designed to honour outstanding Grand Bahamian businesses and executives.

While times are still tough in Grand Bahama, many businesses are still providing excellent service to their customers. This is the time when many businesses shine, in the face of budgetary constraints, tough competition and decreasing sales. So, these businesses should be commended for their great work.

The GBCC represents much of the business community and feels it is important to let the community know and acknowledge that businesses are still striving to do their best.

Keith Rolle, Businessperson of the year, 2011

Persons can nominate a business by using the entry form that is available at the Chamber’s office on the Mall drive or on their website www.gbchamber.org

Entries for nominations should include a summary of 100 words or less that a) explains why this nominee merits being the winner of the award; b) highlights specific business and management practices relevant to the award; and c) illustrates the company’s commitment to employees and the community.

Carla Hall accepting on behalf of Bahamian Brewery and Beverage, Company of the Year 2011

Any individual who knows of a businessperson that is excelling and meets the judging criteria can make nominations.  Self-nominations are acceptable. The nominator should ensure that the nominee would show a willingness to participate in this award program. The deadline for nominations is Friday, October 3, 2014.

There are several Award Categories that a business or business person can be nominated for:


Outstanding Businessperson of The Year

Developing Entrepreneur of The Year

Company of The Year (Two sub-categories):

Small Business with 1-50 employees

Large Business with over 50 employees

Philanthropic Business or (Business Person) of the Year

Lifetime Achievement Award



In judging this award, the following selection criteria will be considered, but not limited to the following:

• Business age

• Nature of activities

• Historical performance – business achievements

• Contribution to Bahamian economy

• Management/Employee Relations

• Contribution to employment and employee training

• Commitment to fair and honest conduct in the marketplace

• Contribution to the community, or a charity

1. Outstanding Businessperson of the Year award is given to recognize the most outstanding businessperson, selected from the nominations received. Increase in business income, innovative spirit, new market acquisitions, job creation and the overall impact on the community, are all aspects that make this businessperson stand out. The business must have had at least five years of operation by June 2014.

2. Developing Entrepreneur of the Year award is given to recognize the entrepreneur who has started a new business in the private sector within the past five years. The business must have at least one full year, but less than five years of operation by June 2014.

3. Company of The Year is awarded to the business, which has proven to produce good corporate citizens and improve business while adhering to ethical business practices, is involved and active in industry organizations, and is a willing contributor to enhancing the overall development of The Bahamas. Two sub-categories: a) Small Business with 1-50 employees; b) Large Business with over 50 employees.

4. Philanthropic Business or (Business Person) of the Year – that company or person who has contributed through their business to help charitable organizations or community groups.

5. Lifetime Achievement Award – Business person who is recognized for their lifelong growth and contributions to Grand Bahama Island.


It is important to remember that the deadline for submission of applications is 5.00 p.m. on October 3, 2014. The selection committee, which is made up of Chamber Directors and Chamber members will review each application to ensure compliance with the rules of the awards.

Nominees will be informed of their qualification for the Awards by the selection committee. Finalists will be determined and notified by October 8, 2014. The winners will be chosen by a panel of judges appointed by the Board of Directors.

The actual Business Excellence Recognition Awards Ceremony will be held on October 25, 2014 at the Regency Theatre. This will be a gala affair, with a cocktail party prior to the awards and a champagne after-party to celebrate the winners.

To submit a nomination to The Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce, you can mail it to P.O. Box F-40808, Freeport, Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas or drop it off. If you have any questions, call 352-8329 or email: info@ gbchamber.org


The Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce is also working on several other initiatives. They have recently filed with the courts, a Claim to clarify and challenge several items of the Customs Management Act 2013, as they appear to contravene the rights of the Licensees of the Grand Bahama Port Authority under the Hawksbill Creek Agreement (HCA).

In addition, they are working on a vision Paper to give their recommendations to The Government about the way forward in 2015, which is a pivotal year for Licensees, as certain terms of the HCA, such as the possible implementation of property tax. More information about this will be forth coming.

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