ABOUT THE AWARDS
Q: What are the Best of America Small Business Awards?
A: The Best of America Small Business Awards are the only independent business awards program in the United States. In these unique award you won't experience nepotism, be required to join any club, or buy any service or product to participate. Every business participating will be judged based on their work and the good they do to push the industry forward.
Q: How many BASA Awards competitions are there?
A: There is currently one BASA competition. Although this is the first edition of the Best of America Small Business Awards, the awards are open to all U.S. businesses.
Q: What are the Best of America Small Business Awards?
A: The Best of America Small Business Awards are the only independent business awards program in the United States. These are the only awards where you won't experience nepotism, be required to join any club, or pay anything to participate. Every business participating will be judged based on their work and the good they do to push the industry forward.
Q: How many categories does the award have?
A: The Awards cater to over 100+ categories, from products, services, technology, and innovations.
Q: How many winners and finalists will the BASA Awards have?
A: There is only one winner and two finalists per category. However, there will be a list of the Top 300 Small Businesses of the year. We understand you all can't be winners. The 300 businesses will be placed in the Hall of Fame of Small Business and receive well-deserved recognition for their work.
Q: Will BASA Awards winners receive an award?
A: The participant with the most marks in a category is declared the Best in Category BASA Awards winner. The next two participants with the highest scores after the winner are named Category Finalists. (See the explanation of the judging and award process.) Best in Category BASA Awards winner receives a custom-made and personalized BASA statuette. Category finalists will receive a customized printed certificate recognizing their achievements. To learn more about BASA Awards, click here.
Q: Can BASA Awards winners and finalists purchase additional awards?
A: Yes. BASA Best Category winners will automatically receive one custom-made and personalized statuette and will have the opportunity to purchase an additional award. Category Finalists will have the option to buy duplicate certificates. All honorees will also have the option to acquire commemorative wall certificates, plaques, lapel pins, and more.
Q: What are the categories?
A: The BASA Awards has over 100+ categories to choose from. Whether you're a Local business, family business, sole trader, startup, or small team, these Awards are meant to celebrate the best products, services, technology, and innovations that made you a success. For the full list of categories, click here.
Q: What are the benefits of sending an application?
A: There are benefits to preparing, submitting entries, and winning the BASA Awards.
By just sending an application, you develop a brief and compelling success story of your company and the hero you are, which you can then use to tell your corporate story elsewhere.
Additionally, when you send an application, you tell your employees that you recognize their achievements and strongly believe their efforts are worth the national recognition. The benefits of becoming the Best Category BASA Awards winner are also significant. Winners receive a lot of media coverage and access to many tools that help leverage their awards.
Lastly, you'll have access to our judges' comments about your application and business, which in themself are great testimonials of your success.
Q: What media coverage can BASA Awards winners expect to receive?
A: BASA Awards winners will receive national exposure. The Awards' marketing team will work to generate local, regional, and national exposure for all our winners.
Q: Who can be nominated?
A: Any organization or person operating their business in the United States can be nominated.
Q: Who can send an application?
A: Any person, group, or company operating in the United States can send their application.
Q: Is it only for small businesses?
A: Yes, we don’t accept nominations from large enterprises.
Q: Can non-profit organizations send applications?
A. Yes, any organization can participate.
Q: When is the application deadline?
A: The applications open on February 28, 2023 and close on 14 July, 2023.
Q: Are there entry charges?
A: Yes. Because the BASA Awards are independent, we are funded by your application fees.
Q: Are submissions kept confidential?
A: Yes. The BASA Awards organizers ensure that only authorized judges will review entries and that no information about nominees is released to anyone else without prior approval. BASA Awards winners and finalists will also have an opportunity to deduct confidential information from their applications before publishing it on the website.
Q. Why are the application requirements for most categories so loosely outlined?
A. The application requirements are loosely outlined because we understand that every organization is unique in its culture, accomplishments, and why and how it seeks recognition. The requirements are structured so that each organization can determine and cite its achievements. Organizers did not want to narrow the award's focus by strictly defining the application requirements.
Q: Who judges the BASA Awards?
A: The BASA Awards are judged by independent third-party industry leaders across the United States. See the list of recent judges here.
Q: Who are the BASA Award judges?
A: The BASA Awards judges are a group of third-party industry experts from U.S. corporations interested in giving back and promoting small businesses' growth. Click here to read more.
Q: Can I apply to become a judge?
A: To become a BASA Awards judge, complete the form here. If accepted, you can participate online at your convenience between February - April 2023.
Q: Will there be an awards ceremony this year?
A: No, in 2023 there will be no award ceremony broadcast. All winners and finalists will be notified via email and have their statuettes and certificates sent to their addresses.