Addison County Economic Development Corp. Announces Companies to Watch Awards Nominations Now Open

Addison County Economic Development Corporation to recognize local companies leading the way and having an impact in their communities with new Companies to Watch awards - nominations close Nov. 19, 2012.

Middlebury, VT, October 25, 2012 --( Addison County Economic Development Corporation is now accepting nominations for its inaugural ”Companies to Watch” awards, which will recognize businesses that are contributing to the county’s economic growth and having a meaningful community impact. Nominations close on Monday, November 19, and the awards will be presented at the ACEDC Annual Meeting on Friday, December 7, 2012.

“Our Companies to Watch awards will showcase businesses that are realizing their economic potential and representing our future,” says Robin Scheu, ACEDC Executive Director. “Many small businesses throughout Addison County are developing valuable products and services, creating quality jobs, enriching our communities, and creating new industries,” Scheu says.

Small business owners, associates, employees, or fans can nominate eligible businesses, and companies can self-nominate. Nomination forms are available online at as a fillable PDF form or by contacting the ACEDC office directly at 802-388-7953.

Scheu says the awards represent an opportunity to recognize business innovation and entrepreneurial success in Addison County. She hopes the awards will not only validate recipients’ success but also raise the profiles of the businesses and attract the attention of investors, potential partners, and qualified talent to the county.

Addison County Companies to Watch Awards eligibility criteria includes:

-Be privately held (not publicly traded and not a subsidiary or division of another company).
-Be a commercial enterprise, not a nonprofit.
-Have been in business for two years or more.
-Be facing issues of growth, not survival.
-Employ 6 or more full-time equivalent W-2 employees, including the owner.
-Be headquartered in Addison County.
-Demonstrate the intent and capacity to grow based on such evidence as employee or sales growth, exceptional entrepreneurial leadership, sustainable competitive advantage, and other notable factors that showcase the company’s success.

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