Business and Industry Awards Calendar

At the RBTC, our success is your success. Winning an award is usually good for some free press and gives you (and us) something to talk about. But, who has time to identify the awards, criteria, and submission date when you're running a technology company? Well, we've done that for you. Here's a list of awards that are suitable for RBTC members. Winning one will help shine the spotlight on your company and on the Roanoke - Blacksburg region. If you have an award to add to this list, send us the details.

America’s Small Business of the Year Award (Application deadline: Early January)
America's Small Business of the YearAwardis open to both members and nonmembers of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
 
Virginia’s Fantastic 50 (Application deadline: January/February)
The Virginia Fantastic 50 recognizes the companies with the highest growth rates in five categories. To be eligible, companies were required to be privately held, with headquarters in Virginia, and to show sales between $200,000 and $100 million. They were judged on a four-year sales revenue history.

TR35 Young Innovators Under 35 (Application deadline: March)
Since 1999, the editors of Technology Review have honored the young innovators whose inventions and research we find most exciting; today that collection is the TR35, a list of technologists and scientists, all under the age of 35.
 
RBTC TechNite Awards (Application deadline: March)
Recognizing the success of technology entrepreneurs and companies from the Roanoke - Blacksburg region. Award Categories include Rising Star, Entrepreneur, Regional Leadership, Educator, and Innovation.
 
The Stevie Awards (Application deadline: March)
The “Stevie Awards” debuted in 2002 to raise the profile of exemplary organizations and individuals among the press, the business community, and the general public. In short order the Stevie has become one of the world's most coveted awards.  
 
The annual awards program showcases the accomplishments of the small business sector which is composed of 99 percent of the area's business community.
 
Virginia Technology Fast 500 and Fast 50 (Application deadline: April)
The Virginia Technology Fast 50 annually recognizes the fastest-growing companies within the geographic boundaries of Virginia. The Technology Fast 500 recognizes the 500 fastest-growing technology, media and entertainment, telecommunications and life sciences companies in the United States, and Canada.
 
Fast Company Magazine’s Technology Fast 50 (Application deadline: April)
For Fast Company's Fast 50 and Fast 50 Reader Favorites identifies the most innovative companies in the world.
 
The Inc. 500 (Application deadline: May)
These awards recognize the fastest-growing, privately held companies in America—the celebrated Inc. 500 and Inc. 5000. The Inc. 5,000 also recognizes the top 100 companies in every major metro area, the top 100 companies in several industry categories, and several other top 100 lists.
 
R & D 100 (Application deadline: May)
The top 100 innovations of the year, as selected by R&D Magazine’s panel of judges. Application deadline: May.
 
Technology Fast 500 (Application deadline: June)
A list of the 500 fastest growing technology, media, telecommunications, life sciences, and clean technology companies in the nation based on percentage revenue growth over five years. 

Governor’s Technology Awards for Virginia (Application deadline: June)
The Governor's Technology Awards recognize innovative use of technology to enable the business of government in Virginia. Awards are presented in six categories. 
 
Recognizes the overall contributions that small business makes to Virginia’s economy by honoring four examples of small businesses that embody the success and vitality of business in the commonwealth.
 
Federal Laboratory Consortium Awards (Application deadline: August)
The FLC MAR Awards Program annually recognizes federal laboratories and their industry partners for outstanding technology transfer efforts.
 
Best Places to Work in Virginia (Application deadline: early September)
Want to recruit the best and the brightest? Well, let's show the rest of the commonwealth what kind of tech companies we have here in the Roanoke - Blacksburg region. Help us promote our region's tech community by applying for and winning one of these awards!
 
The Lemelson-MIT Awards honor both established and rising inventors and recognizes the profound impact that inventors can have on economic and social well-being. The $500,000 Lemelson-MIT Prize honors outstanding mid-career inventors dedicated to improving our world through technological invention and innovation. The $100,000 Lemelson-MIT Award for Sustainability recognizes and supports inventors working to safeguard the well-being of our communities and planet.
 
The Best Place to Work award is given to a business with a minimum of three employees located in the Blue Ridge Region and evaluated based on the following six criteria: job satisfaction, ethical standards, community contribution, employee development and support, product/service leadership, and quality of life/environment.
 
U.S. Small Business Administration Awards (Application deadline: November)
Every year, the US Small Business Administration recognizes the contributions small businesses and entrepreneurs to America’s economic well-being. Local, state, and national award winners are selected in more than 20 categories.
If you think your workplace is one of the Best, participate in the Great Place to Work Rankings!  Apply today and take our surveys to see if you make the grade and see how you stack up next to the best.

Virginia's Fantastic 50 Awards (Application deadline: early December)
Is your organization a fast-growing Virginia company that is creating jobs and making steady profits? Success deserves recognition, and the Virginia Chamber of Commerce would like to honor 50 such companies with one of its annual Fantastic 50 Awards.
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