EDA celebrates 50 years at the annual Business Appreciation Reception
One of Stafford County Department of Economic Development’s favorite parts of the Stafford Economic Development Authority (EDA) Business Appreciation Reception (BAR) is the recognition of our Stafford businesses. Stafford County recognizes it business community in many different ways but one of the most exciting ways is through our annual business awards. With the reception fast approaching, award applications are open for three award categories: The Business of the Year Award, the Donald H. Newlin Community Stewardship Award, and the Innovation Award.
Application are open now and close on Friday, April 7, 2023 at noon.
With the deadline coming soon, please nominate your business or a business partner for one of the following awards:
The Business of the Year Award: This award is to honor a local Stafford business who exemplifies the quality and standards of business in Stafford. This awardee is recognized as a business that contributes to the economic growth and quality of life in Stafford and whose practices and professional conduct contribute to a sense of cooperation within the entire business community. Some of the specific criteria that could be considered for this award include, but is not limited to: a successful strategy, growth, community involvement, exceptional customer service.
Donald H. Newlin Community Stewardship Award: This award distinguishes a business, organization or person who demonstrates selfless community care by carrying out and/or participating in community service projects. These projects may be industry related or non-industry related activities. Some of the specific criteria that could be considered for this award include, but is not limited to: volunteering of time, resources, monetary contributions, general philanthropic activity and service. This award is named after EDA Member, Donald H Newlin, who served on the Stafford County EDA over 40 years and other impactful community efforts as a true community steward.
Innovation Award: This award recognizes big thinkers, action takers and creative problem solvers. This award is intended to honor true innovation from startups to established entities or individuals. Some of the specific criteria that could be considered for this award include, but is not limited to: new product or programs, and community impact solutions.
Help us celebrate all businesses and notably those that are long-standing Stafford businesses. To do so we need you register and tell us how long you have been in business in Stafford. Then join us on May 17, 2023 at 5pm to celebrate, commemorate, and be recognized for your commitment and success in Stafford.
For more information and to register for the annual Stafford EDA Business Appreciation Reception, visit https://www.gostaffordva.com/event/stafford-business-appreciation-reception-honoring-stafford-businesses-through-the-decades/.