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Well, to recap, the Best in Business Awards from Inc. celebrate companies that have had an extraordinary impact over the past year in their field, within their communities or on society at large. We run programs focused on big data, such as Inc. 5000, and we wanted to balance that by also recognizing accomplishments that don’t necessarily show up in a balance sheet. Although we have a lot of applications before the Advance Rates deadline of August 19, which is tomorrow, there is still time to apply. Here are the top five questions we get, along with our answers to get you on the right track. If your business puts profit before purpose, this is for you.
1. What are you looking for in an application?
In a word, positive impact. Ideally, this impact is measurable. And more than just a product of your company’s day-to-day activities, although this is not a strict criterion. (Last year, we spotlighted Nova Credit, which helps immigrants build credit profiles in the United States — a business model too lofty for us to ignore. A more typical example is The Mom Project. , which, in addition to upskilling everyday working mothers, has set up a technology training scholarship that has helped more than 2,000 women access jobs at companies like IBM and Deloitte.) together we seek efforts, initiatives, programs and the like that go beyond a mission driven business model. Good work, really.
Pro tip: Be specific and, where appropriate, include numbers we can verify.
2. Should more than one category be entered?
Most likely. We feature over 40 industry categories this year, including business news from e-commerce, events and experience, management consulting, software as a service, sustainability, and more. In addition to these, we’ll also be looking for winners by company size, stage, revenue, and region, as well as awarding an Overall Excellence winner (think Best Picture). If you can present a good case for your business in multiple categories, you should – The team of editors at Inc. evaluates the entries in each category against each other and examines each category individually. We’ll award a winner in each category, so the more categories, the better your chances. Last year, we selected nearly 200 winners.
3. We are a public company, but we really want to enter. Can we?
No, sorry. To be eligible, a business must be privately held, US-based, and independent (i.e., not a subsidiary). Our fact checkers look for these criteria, so if you don’t meet them, please save time and money for you and us.
4. Why should I apply and what if I win?
Well, because you want to be recognized as a company that puts purpose before profit by a trusted resource in corporate media. But there ismany reasons. I can tell you that last year we called the list “Companies We Most Admire”. Every business will be seen and rated by Inc. editors, and whether you succeed or not, it puts you on our radar. Many of the winners will appear in the winter issue of Inc. as well as online, where all winners will be listed. Consider that we view our audience of founders and entrepreneurs as a community, and this is one way to join us.
5. What is the deadline?
The anticipated deadline to apply is Friday, August 19. After that, the rate increases for the period until the final deadline, Friday, September 16. Don’t let the dog eat your homework. And remember, the sooner the better – we also work on deadlines, and the more time we have with your application, the more we will know about your business.
Pro Tip: You can apply now, save your application in our system, and keep working there until the final deadline.
Still can’t find the answer you need? Do not worry. We have a dedicated team to handle application questions, and you can email them here: BestinBusiness@inc.com.
Good luck and keep up the good work!
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