Small Business STAR Awards

We are now accepting Applications for the 2016 Small Business STAR Awards!

Celebrate with us at our Bridges to Better Business Event in October!

The Guelph-Wellington Business Enterprise Centre’s annual Small Business STAR Awards acknowledge small businesses who have excelled in many aspects of small business.

An award ceremony is held after our annual Bridges to Better Business event to recognize the Award winners.

These Awards may be applied for by a small business meeting the criteria, or may be nominated by another business or individual. An independent board of adjudicators judge the applications and all decisions are final. Judging is based solely on the application submission.

Award criteria and Submission process are listed on each award application.

Applications must be received by September 15th, 2016.

Do you have questions? Please email 

Award Categories

Consulting or Service 

This award recognizes a small business that has done an exceptional job for their clients in the consulting or service industry. 


Health & Wellness

The Health & Wellness Award is to reward the efforts and successes of a business dedicated to assisting clients in living a healthier life style. 


New Business of the Year

The New Business Award is to reward the efforts of the entrepreneur who has created successful and growing business through the application of commitment, dedication, hard work, ingenuity and innovation.


Retail or Hospitality 

This award acknowledges an entrepreneur who demonstrates excellent customer service in meeting their client needs and growth and development in business. 


Rural Outreach

The Rural Outreach award is to reward the efforts of an entrepreneur who has successfully launched and is operating their business in the rural communities of Wellington County (outside of Guelph). 


Trade or Professional

This award will reward the efforts and successes of a business operated by a trade (engineer, building, construction, etc.) or professional designation that requires a certification.


Youth Entrepreneur

The Youth Entrepreneur Award is to showcase a local young person(s) who have successfully launched a new full time enterprise which has proven to be a productive and satisfying experience. The owner(s) must be under 30. 


Alumni Achievement 

NEW!! This award will recognize a GWBEC alumni member who has been in business 3 or more years, and continued to grow and develop their business in the Guelph & Wellington County.