Read on to learn more about the award categories and application information for the 2022 Dream Big Awards.

Note: The finalists for the 2022 Dream Big Awards have been announced! Award winners will be announced at the Dream Big Awards Ceremony, part of the CO— Start. Run. Grow. Week virtual event, on Tuesday, October 18, 2022, at 6:30pm ET. Register here.  Good luck to all finalists!

To stay informed on upcoming dates for this year's awards and also be the first to learn about the 2023 Dream Big Awards, click here.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is proud to recognize the very best in American small business.

Every year at The Big Week for Small Business, the Dream Big Awards program honors the achievements of small businesses and highlights their contributions to America’s economic growth.

The 2022 Small Business of the Year award winner will receive national recognition and a $25,000 cash prize!

How to apply for the 2022 Dream Big Awards:

  • Small Businesses: Click here to start your application for the 2022 Dream Big Awards. (Deadline for submission: Friday, July 8, 2022).
  • Chambers of Commerce and Trade Groups: Click here to encourage a small business in your community to apply for the Dream Big Awards! (Deadline: June 17, 2022)

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Eligibility criteria

A business must meet the following requirements to be eligible for the Dream Big Small Business of the Year Award or a Business Achievement Award.

  • For-profit business operating for at least one (1) year primarily within the United States.
  • Have less than 250 employees OR gross revenues of less than $20 million for each of 2021 and 2022.

Small business can apply for up to two award categories.

Award categories

  • Emerging Business
  • Green/Sustainable Business
  • Minority-Owned Business
  • Veteran-Owned Business
  • Woman-Owned Business
  • Young Entrepreneur Business
  • LGBTQ-Owned Business
  • Community Support and Leadership Award

Want to learn more about the award categories? Click here.

To view a list of last year's winners in each award category, click here.


Questions about eligibility or the application process? Click here for a full list of frequently asked questions.

Terms and conditions

Click here for the Dream Big Awards terms, conditions and contest rules.

Any additional questions?

Email the Dream Big Team at

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