Applications are now being accepted for the 36th annual Sterling Awards celebration to be held on Nov. 18, at the Embassy Suites Scottsdale.
The deadline for entries is Friday, July 29. Applications can be downloaded and submitted at www.scottsdalechamber.com. Anyone that is a current member of the Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce may apply.
For 36 years the Sterling Awards has embodied the spirit of the organization by celebrating the people and organizations who have demonstrated excellence, innovation, and community stewardship, making Scottsdale one of the best cities to live in our nation, the press release stated.
Celebrating almost 40 years of business excellence, the Sterling Award is one of the most coveted business awards in the Valley, with a rigorous application, judging and selection process.
Four teams of judges each conduct an initial review of all applications and narrow the field to three finalists in each category. Once the finalists are identified, the judging teams visit those companies to conduct a personal interview and get a behind-the-scenes look at the operations.
Each judge then independently casts a set of points for the finalists based on their embodiment of the award criteria. The points are tallied, and the results remain secret until the day of the event.
“Over the years we have honored our city’s best corporate neighbors and brightest rising stars,” the release stated.
Celebrating its 36th year, the Sterling Awards celebrate winners in four categories: micro-business, small business, big business and non-profit.
The Sterling Award for micro-business recognizes an entrepreneurship or emerging business, made up of one to 10 employees, exhibiting success through innovation, creativity, and collaboration and the award for small business recognizes a company of 11 to 75 employees that is demonstrating success through innovation and professionalism while contributing to the community.
The big business award recognizes significant contributions to the quality of life and the economic fabric of the community from a business of over 76 employees, and the award for non-profits recognizes the social, cultural, educational, and economic impact of an organization on its constituents and/or the broader community.
The 2021 honorees of the four categories for the coveted award were DebitFire Accounting, Civic Center Compounding Pharmacy, Reputation and Scottsdale/Paradise Valley YMCA.