Q: Who is eligible to apply to the Dream Big Awards program?
A: Click here to view eligibility requirements.
Q: How are businesses entered into the Dream Big Awards program?
A: A business must fill out an application in order to enter. Chambers of commerce and trade associations are encouraged to refer businesses to the program. However, the business itself must submit an application for the Dream Big Awards program.
Q: When is the deadline to submit a referral for the 2021 Dream Big Awards program?
A: All referrals must be received by 11:59 P.M. Eastern Standard Time on Friday, June 18, 2021.
Q: When is the deadline to submit an application for the 2021 Dream Big Awards program?
A: All applications must be received by 11:59 P.M. Eastern Standard Time on Friday, July 16, 2021.
Q: I started my business in 2020, so I have no revenue to report for 2019. Should I still apply?
A: Yes! You should still apply. Be sure to address this issue in your application and describe your business plan for the coming year by outlining your strategies for growth.
Q: My sales decreased from 2019 to 2020. Will my application still be considered? Should I still apply?
A: Yes! You should still apply. In your application, be sure to address the sales figures you reported and outline your business plan or strategies for growth in 2021 and beyond.
Q: How can I strengthen my application?
A: A strong application will draw a clear and concise picture of how the business was started, what makes it unique, and how it has overcome challenges. Make sure your completed application clearly describes your business’ relationship with its community, customers, and employees. Submitting additional material such as your business plan can strengthen your application and help us get to know your business, but they are not required.
Q: May I submit additional material to support my application?
A: Yes, you may submit additional materials to support your application. Previous submissions have included copies of paid or earned media, photos of your employees, media features, and examples of community engagement. To ensure they are reviewed with your application, supporting materials must be uploaded to your online form.
Q: What is accepted as a statement of revenue?
A: We will accept a letter stating your company’s sales in 2019 and 2020 signed by both your president/CEO and your accountant OR a copy of the first page of your company’s tax return (such as an 1120 form). Do NOT submit your company’s entire tax return. While your statement of revenue is not required to submit your application, if you are chosen as a finalist, you will be required to submit.
Q: How can I save my answers so that I can work on my application later?
A: After creating a user profile and before submitting your final application, answers will be saved automatically so you can revisit or edit any previous responses.
Q: How much is the application fee?
A: There is no fee to apply.
Q: What is my U.S. Chamber member number?
A: Please call Customer Service at (800) 638-6582 for your member number.