The Stevie® Awards are the world’s premier business awards. They were created in 2002 to honor and generate public recognition of the achievements and positive contributions of organizations and working professionals worldwide. In short order the Stevie has become one of the world’s most coveted prizes.
There are seven Stevie Awards programs, each with its own focus, list of categories, and schedule.
The American Business Awards are open to all organizations operating in the U.S.A., and feature a wide variety of categories to recognize achievement in every facet of the workplace.
The International Business Awards are open to all organizations worldwide, and include categories to honor accomplishments in all aspects of work life.
The Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards are open to all organizations in the 22 nations of the Asia-Pacific region. The categories focus on recognizing innovation in all aspects of worklife.
The German Stevie Awards are open to all organizations operating in Germany.
The Stevie Awards for Great Employers are open to all organizations worldwide, and recognize the world’s best companies to work for and the HR teams and professionals, HR achievements, new products and services, and suppliers who help to create and drive great workplaces.
The Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service are open to all organizations worldwide, and recognize the achievements of sales, customer service, and call center professionals.
The Stevie Awards for Women in Business are open to all organizations worldwide, and recognize the achievements of women executives, entrepreneurs, and the organizations they run.
Stevie Award judges include many of the world’s most respected executives, entrepreneurs, innovators, and business educators. Each of our awards programs harnesses the insights and talents of more than 200 judges every year. All Stevie Awards entrants have access to all judges’ comments about their nominations.
Sponsors of Stevie Awards programs include many leading B2B marketers, publishers, and government institutions.
There are a number of benefits to submitting nominations to Stevie Awards programs. We hope your organization will participate, and look forward to welcoming you into the pantheon of past Stevie Award winners including Acer Inc., Apple, BASF, BT, Cisco Systems, Ford Motor Company, Humana, IBM ING, Procter & Gamble, Roche Group, Samsung and UnitedHealth Group, among many others.
The American Business Awards accept entries in many different types of categories.
Best of the ABA Awards
You can’t apply for these awards, you can only earn them by your performance in other categories in the ABAs. Winners will receive the Grand Stevie® Award trophy, plus the exclusive use of a Grand Stevie Award winner logo.
Web Site, Video, App, Live Event, and Publication Awards Categories
The American Business Awards feature a wide selection of categories to recognize the achievements of creative professionals working in web development, corporate communications, video production, app development, investor relations, and live events.
Company / Organization Awards Categories
Categories that recognize the achievements of entire for-profit and non-profit organizations, including Company of the Year (in more than 30 industry groups), Startup of the Year, Corporate Social Responsibility Program of the Year, Most Innovative Company of the Year, and Fastest-Growing Company of the Year, among others.
Corporate Communications, Investor Relations, & Public Relations Awards Categories
Includes more than 20 Communications or PR Campaign/Program of the Year categories, among others.
Entrepreneur Awards Categories
New for 2018, these categories will recognize the achievements since the beginning of 2017 of individual entrepreneurs and founding teams.
Management Awards Categories
Categories for executive management including Management Team of the Year and Executive of the Year in more than 30 industry groups.
New Product Awards & Product Management Categories
Includes a wide variety of categories for Best New Product or Service of the Year, across multiple industries.
10 Reasons to Enter
1. Entering the ABAs is a cost-effective way to thank and honor your valued employees and to build or burnish your brand.
2. The entry process itself is valuable. In preparing your nominations you’ll research and write succinct, compelling stories of achievement within your organization that you can use in other ways.
3. Small companies have just as much chance to win a Stevie as big companies do. Every year, household-name companies such as Humana, IBM and MetLife are joined in the winners’ circle by small and medium-size organizations that are still building their brands.
4. There are scores of categories covering every aspect of business, from management and finance, to marketing and public relations, to product development, customer service, and human resources.
5. If you’re a marketing agency or media production company, your work will be reviewed and honored by potential clients, not just your competitors, and there are many categories for web sites and apps, marketing campaigns, video productions, and other media.
6. Many of the world’s top business leaders will review your nominations during the judging process, and you’ll have access to all of their comments about your entries and your business – an invaluable resource.
7. If you win a Stevie Award you’ll get to make a 30-second acceptance speech…before an audience of hundreds of executives from across the country…during a live web broadcast.
8. The Stevie Award is one of the world’s most impressive trophies – it will wow clients, partners, colleagues and staff.
9. We’ll promote your win across our web site and media. We get more than 70,000 visitors to our site every month, have more than 24,000 weekly email newsletter subscribers, and many thousands of Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter followers.
10. As a Stevie winner you’ll get a range of free tools that you can use to promote your award, including winner logos and press release templates.
Entry fees for The 2018 American Business Awards are summarzied in this PDF document: ABA18EntryFees.pdf.
How to Enter
The ABAs are the top business awards program in the U.S.A., with categories to recognize achievement in management, public relations, new products, marketing, customer service, and much more.
Entries for The 2018 (16th Annual) American Business Awards are now being accepted.
To prepare to submit entries to the 2018 ABAs, you should
1. Request the 2018 Entry Kit. It will be sent to you by email right away. The entry kit contains everything you need to know to be able to prepare and submit entries.
2. Read through the lists of categories and past honorees in the Awards section of this web site. You’ll understand the types of categories that are open to you, the submission requirements for them, and by reading past Stevie-winning entries you’ll understand the types of entries that judges score highly.
After you’ve chosen your categories, written your entries, and gathered any supporting materials you’ll submit with your entries, register to submit your entries online. You’ll even be able to pay your entry fees online. To begin, start here:
Video: How to Enter The American Business Awards
Judging & Awards Process
Many of the judges are invited, and are former Stevie® Award winners. Other professionals apply to judge on the American Business Awards web site, and if accepted are assigned categories by Stevie Awards staff, based on their industry, function, and experience.
Judging of entries will be conducted over two months, from March to April, by judging committees focused on the main category groups. Each committee will have 10-20 members. Judges will be both volunteers and invitees. Judges’ average scores will determine the Stevie Award winners. Every category in which there is at least one nomination with a final average score of at least 7.0 out of a possible 10 will have a Gold Stevie Award winner. Otherwise, the nomination with the highest average score in a category will win the Gold Stevie Award trophy in that category. Every other nomination in the category with an average of at least 8.0 will win a Silver Stevie Award medal. Other nominations with an average score of at least 7.0 will win Bronze Stevie Award medals.
During judging, each entry is reviewed and rated by no fewer than five (5) judges. All entries except those in some of the creative media Awards categories (such as Best Annual Report, which may be judged offline) are viewed and rated at the judges’ convenience over the Internet. Rating is done on a scale of 1-10.
All judges’ comments on entries will be available in entrants’ entry-submission accounts when Stevie Award winners are announced on May 1.
The veracity of claims made in Finalist entries may be audited. Any entry found to contain false or misleading information will be disqualified. Gold Stevie-winning entries will be published on the American Business Awards web site. Winners will have the opportunity to redact any confidential or non-public information from their entries before publication.
Individual criteria differ by category, but the emphasis is on the overall quality of the entry: the merits of the claims to innovation, integrity, effectiveness, creativity, growth, etc. claimed in the entry, relative to the judges’ experience and their knowledge of the participant’s industry, as well as the quality of the entry’s content itself.
Judges tend to value well-written entries that are long on facts and short on fluff; that come close to the word-limit for their categories (i.e. that aren’t perceived as being too short); and that are supported by attachments such as a link to a corporate website, press clippings, work samples, etc.
We recommend that you request an entry kit so that you can familiarize yourself with the criteria and submission requirements.
All entries are first reviewed by Stevie Awards staff to ensure that eligibility requirements are met, that entries are formatted properly in order to go forward to be judged, and that entries have been submitted in appropriate categories.
All judges receive written instructions about how to score entries. Judges are asked to score the achievements portrayed in each entry based on (a) their own experience, and (b) their understanding of how organizations and individuals in the nominee’s industry performed in the eligibility timeframe, given the condition of the economy in general and the nominee’s industry in particular. For entries in creative media categories, judges are asked to read the brief submitted about the entry’s communications objectives, and to review and score the submitted media (web site, video, live event, etc.) based on their originality, creativity, production values, and how well they believe the media meet the stated communications objectives.
Become A Sponsor of the World’s Premier Business Awards Programs
The sponsorship prospectus for the 2018 Stevie® Awards programs is now available:
The prospectus outlines the sponsorship opportunities associated with all seven Stevie Awards programs in 2018 – the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, the German Stevie Awards, the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service, The American Business Awards, The International Business Awards, the Stevie Awards for Great Employers and the Stevie Awards for Women in Business.
If would you like information about sponsorship pricing and options contact Michael Gallagher at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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