Nomination forms for the 2015 Bryan Rotary Club/Newman 10 Business Performance Awards are available February 18 through March 20. The awards program, now in its 22nd year, recognizes the top ten successful small businesses in Brazos County making the greatest economic impact on the local economy. This community development program has become the premier small business recognition event in the area. The Bryan Rotary Club, composed of business and professional men and women, developed the awards program in 1994 and is the principal sponsor, in cooperation with the Bryan/College Station Chamber of Commerce and in partnership with the Mays Business School at Texas A&M University. Newman Printing Company has been the primary financial underwriter for the awards program for the past 21 years. “All of us at Newman Printing Company are honored to be the namesake of such an award. This year’s winners will join the ranks of prior winners who have been instrumental in growing our local economy,” comments Louis M. Newman III.
Anyone may submit nominations – vendors, customers, friends and/or business associates. Self-nominations are welcomed and encouraged. It is not necessary to belong to the Bryan Rotary Club or the B/CS Chamber of Commerce in order to be eligible for the awards. Previously nominated businesses and winners may be nominated again. Nomination forms are available at www.bryan-rotary.org, the Chamber of Commerce and Newman Printing Company. Nominations must be received by Friday, March 20.
To qualify, companies must:Be an independent, privately-held corporation, proprietorship or partnership (subsidiaries or divisions, holding companies, regulated banks, franchises and utilities are not eligible);Have their headquarters located in Brazos County;Have gross sales of more than $50,000 but less that $25,000,000 in fiscal 2010;Have a five-year sales history (2010-2014) and must show an increase from fiscal 2013-2014.
Nominated businesses will receive an application to submit company information directly to a research economist at the Mays Business School for review. Sales growth for each qualifying business is then calculated, and the companies are ranked. Information submitted is confidential, and only the percentage of sales growth is published. When the ranking process is completed, all submitted company information is destroyed.
The top ten performing companies will be announced at the Awards Luncheon on Wednesday, June 10, from 12pm to 1:30pm at the Hilton College Station. They will be recognized in a special report and will receive high-level media exposure. “We are grateful to the Bryan/College Station media for helping us publicize this awards program. And this year, we would like to thank our new sponsor, Tom Light Chevrolet, for their generous financial contribution to this awards program.” says Bryan Rotary Awards Chairman, Steven Steele.
Each winner receives an award in honor of his or her achievements. Smaller versions of the awards are prominently displayed year-round at the B/CS Chamber of Commerce, and also a large replica of the award.
Rich White, this year’s Chairman of the Board for the B/CS Chamber recently comments, “The Bryan/College Station Chamber of Commerce exists to enhance the economic well-being of the businesses in the community it serves. We are a volunteer-driven organization that unites the business and professional leaders, providing a venue through which members can get involved and accomplish collectively what no one business could do alone. The Bryan Rotary Newman 10 business awards provides a forum to recognize, celebrate and reward the best businesses in the Brazos Valley, demonstrating that entrepreneurship and hard work can bring success to an individual business and the community.”
Two additional awards will be presented at the Awards Luncheon. The Bryan Rotary Club/Anco Insurance Award for Lifetime Business Achievement, introduced in 1998, is given to a company that has a sustained history of success and respect in their industry and has significantly contributed to the quality of life in our community through the years. Nominations for this award are limited to members of the Bryan, College Station and Aggieland Rotary Clubs. Anco Insurance Company is the underwriter for this prestigious award. The Bryan Rotary Club/Research Valley Partnership Commercialization Rising Star Award, introduced in 2007, recognizes an individual for demonstrating business innovation and involvement in technology commercialization that results in advancing knowledge in his or her field. The Research Valley Partnership nominates the award winner and is the underwriter for the award.
Commenting on Rotary’s involvement in the awards program, Bryan Rotary President Walter Hinkle, says, “The Bryan Rotary Club is composed of business and professional men and women who represent a wide variety of occupations. One of the objects of Rotary International is the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations. For 22 years, the Bryan Rotary Club Business Performance Awards Program has promoted recognition and respect for the fastest growing small businesses in the Brazos Valley, highlighting the impact of these businesses on our community’s economy. We appreciate our partners, Newman Printing Company, Anco Insurance, B/CS Chamber of Commerce, Mays Business School and the Research Valley Partnership, who have all done their part to extend the scope of the award ceremony and raise awareness throughout the area.”