Small Business Awards

Since 1963, the President of the United States has annually issued a proclamation announcing National Small Business Week, which recognizes the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners. More than half of Americans either own or work for a small business, and they create about two out of every three new jobs in the U.S. each year.

The City of Vandalia, Illinois will be celebrating National Small Business Week May 5-11, 2019 and will be recognizing the efforts of our local, Small Businesses, who have enhanced the quality of life and gone above and beyond in contributing to the success we’ve experienced as a community. The Small Business Award effort is focused on involving residents of the community in celebrating local businesses and honoring the efforts of business owners whose passion is providing goods/services, products and jobs.

Winners will be awarded at City Hall during the May 6, 2019 Vandalia City Council Meeting at 6:30pm.

Nominees for the following will be accepted through Friday, April 5, 2019, 5:00pm.

(Business nominations will be accepted for multiple awards, but will not be selected as a finalist or recipient for more than one award, use one form per nomination only)

  • Small Business of the Yearbusiness may be independently owned, a franchise or owned by multiple people; business must have demonstrated community involvement and/or made some civic contributions; number of employees between 1-350; business has operational history of at least twelve months.
  • Community Involvement Business of the Yearnominator will provide a description of the most important activity business conducted in the past year benefitting Vandalia; business shows commitment to community involvement, volunteerism and creates a positive impact in community and throughout company; number of employees between 1-350; business has operational history of at least twelve months.
  • Female-Owned Business of the Yearbusiness is female-owned; business must have demonstrated community involvement and/or made some civic contributions; number of employees between 1-350; business has operational history of at least twelve months.
  • Veteran-Owned Business of the Yearbusiness is veteran-owned; business must have demonstrated community involvement and/or made some civic contributions; number of employees between 1-350; business has operational history of at least twelve months.
  • Non-Profit Agency/Group/Club of the Yearnominee must be a 501(c)3 organization; must have demonstrated community involvement and/or made civic contributions to enhance community; number of employees/members 1-350; nominee has operational history of at least twelve months.
  • Economic Impact Business of the Yearbusiness may be independently owned, a franchise or owned by multiple people; business must have demonstrated community involvement and/or made some civic contributions; business substantially contributes to the economic vitality of Vandalia by creating new jobs and opportunities, shows advancements in their industry or revitalization of a business sector or neighborhood; number of employees between 1-350; business has operational history of at least twelve months.