Overview

DREAM BIG AWARDS PROGRAM

Dream Big program celebrates the success of small business and honors its contributions to America’s economic growth.

The Dream Big Small Business of the Year Award celebrates the success of one small business and honors its contributions to the growth and diversity of the American economy. This award recognizes a small business that exemplifies the spirit of innovation, entrepreneurship, and individual initiative.

 

In addition to the Dream Big Small Business of the Year Award, eligible small businesses may apply to be considered for a Business Achievement Award.

There are six Business Achievement Awards:

 

Emerging Business

 

Green/Sustainable Business

 

Minority-Owned Business

 

Veteran-Owned Business

 

Woman-Owned Business

 

Young Entrepreneur Business

 

Additionally, finalists for each of the six Business Achievement Awards and Dream Big Small Business of the Year Award are entered into our Community Excellence Award.

The Community Excellence Award recognizes a small business that has demonstrated an exemplary level of leadership and community engagement to positively impact the quality of life in its community.

 

Winners are honored each year at the CO— Summit in Washington, D.C. during the Dream Big Gala.

More on Award Categories


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:

  • Operates primarily within the United States
  • Have less than 250 employees or gross revenues of less than $20 million in 2017 and 2018
  • Provide support (in-kind and/or financial) to their community
  • Winners are asked to attend the Gala on October 16, 2019, but are not required to be present

Award Prizes

Dream Big Small Business of the Year Award

The following prizes will be awarded to the winner of the Dream Big Small Business of the Year Award:

  • $25,000 cash prize
  • One-year paid U.S. Chamber of Commerce Membership (valued at $250)
  • Recognition and acceptance speech on stage during the Dream Big Gala
  • One (1) complimentary registration for the CO— Summit (valued at $250)
  • Two-night hotel stay during the CO— Summit
  • Discounted registration of $250 for any additional registrants affiliated with the company (valued at $250)
  • One-minute promo video played during the Dream Big Gala during the CO— Summit
  • Web sticker to display on company website

Award winner will be responsible for all federal, state and local taxes that may be applicable.

Business Achievement Award Winners & Community Excellence Award Winner

The following prizes will be awarded to the winner of each Business Achievement Award category and the Community Excellence Award Winner:

  • One-year paid U.S. Chamber of Commerce Membership (valued at $250)
  • Recognition and crystal award presentation on stage during the Dream Big Gala
  • One (1) complimentary registration for the CO— Summit (valued at $250)
  • Two-night hotel stay during the CO— Summit
  • Discounted registration of $250 for any additional registrants affiliated with the company (valued at $250)
  • Web sticker to display on company website

Award winner will be responsible for all federal, state and local taxes that may be applicable.

 

QUESTIONS?

Email the Dream Big Team at dreambig@uschamber.com

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