2018 Family Business Awards Nomination Form

Nominations are open for the 2018 Family-Owned Business Awards!

The 2018 Family-Owned Business Awards will honor multi-generational, family-owned businesses in our region for overall excellence, innovation, ethics and philanthropy.

This is an excellent opportunity to share an inspiring story of success with others. If you know an exemplary family-owned company, this is your chance to help share that company’s story with a larger audience.

We have streamlined the nomination process to make it faster and easier, but we’re relying on business leaders like you to identify Delaware’s family-owned businesses worthy of consideration.


Nominations will be accepted until midnight on March 2, 2018. To be considered for the awards, participants must meet the following criteria:

  • Company must be headquartered in Delaware
  • Must have been active in business for at least two generations.
  • Must have at least two family members working at the business, and one of them must be full-time.
  • Each Family-Owned Business winner will be selected from the field of nominees by a panel of independent judges made up of selected professionals and community leaders.
  • Previous winners are not eligible.
  • Self-nomination is allowed.

Employees Less Than 25
Employees 26-75
Employees 76+

Community Service Award
Customer Service Award
Innovation and Technology Award
Emerging Family Business Award
Legacy Award

View of Frequently Asked Questions


Please provide us with the following contact information so that we may reach YOU with any questions and/or to discuss the nominee/awards program.

Name of person completing nomination (required)

Title of person completing nomination (required)

Contact information of nominator:

Email (required)


Address (required)

City State Zip (required)


All Fields must be completed

Nominee's Company Name (required)

Nominee's Name (required)

Nominee's Title (required)

Nominee's Email (required)

Nominee's Phone

Nominee's Address (required)

City State Zip (required)

Nominee's Product/Service (required)

Year Founded or Aquired (required)

Names/Titles/Relationships of Other Family Members Involved in the Business (required)

SECTION 3: AWARD CATEGORIES* (select one only)

Please indicate the appropriate award category based on number of company employees: (required)
SMALL (Employees Less Than 25)
MEDIUM (Employees 26-75)
LARGE (Employees 76+)


Briefly describe the nominee's company achievements/history/community involvement. (maximum 500 words)


Please describe the nominee's participation in professional industry associations and/or community organizations outside of his/her profession?

Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I nominate someone?
This is an opportunity to share an inspiring story of success with others. If you know an exemplary family-owned company, this is your chance to help share that company’s story with a larger audience.

How are the winners chosen?
Finalists and winners are selected by a panel of judges and the DBT editorial staff based on nomination forms. Event sponsors and members of the DBT advertising staff do not participate in judging and hold no influence over the selection process. The judges try to select winners that best represent the award category. The criteria for selection varies with each award, but generally judges are looking for a compelling story about a locally-based companies who has achieved demonstrated success in the past 12 to 18 months.

What makes for a well-done nomination?
Well-done nominations tells a story of the company’s path to success, obstacles overcome, unique talents, etc. The adage “show, don’t tell” applies here: Use concrete examples to persuade the judges that the nominee has made a mark on the local business community. The best nominations are clear, short and complete. They include specifics such as dates, dollar amounts and growth rates that substantiate the nominee’s success.

Does the company have to be local?
Yes. A nominee and company need to be based in Delaware.

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