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SAGE Award Category Descriptions


Making a nomination for the SAGE Business Awards is easy. First, read through the award criteria below for the award category you think fits best for your nomination. Your nominee can be another company or your own company. Then, complete the nomination form to start the process.

Next, the nominated business will be sent a Business Overview document to continue the nomination process. The Business Overview allows the business to tell their story, highlight successes pertaining to the award criteria, and is the sole document used by the judges in making their award decision. In order to be an official nominee and confirm acceptance of a nomination, the nominated business must submit a completed Business Overview.

All deadlines are firm and nomination forms will not be accepted after the deadline: June 13, 2019

Event details can be found here: https://bendchamber.org/bend-event/2019-sage-business-awards/


Award Criteria


Large Business of the Year:

1.   Nominee must be an active business with a location in Central Oregon.
2.   Nominee must be a member in good standing with the Bend Chamber of Commerce.
3.   Nominee must have been in business for at least 5 years.
4.   Nominee must have demonstrated one or more of the following characteristics:

  • Revenue and/or jobs growth/creation
  • More than 20 employees
  • Innovative products or services
  • Provides exemplary customer service
  • Encourages and provides professional development of staff
  • Volunteers in the community

Small Business of the Year:

  1. Nominee must be an active business with a location in Central Oregon
  2. Nominee must be a member in good standing with the Bend Chamber of Commerce.
  3. Nominee must have been in business for at least 3 years.
  4. Nominee must have demonstrated one or more of the following characteristics:
  • Revenue growth and/or jobs growth
  • 20 or less employees
  • Innovative products or services
  • Provides exemplary customer service
  • Encourages and provides professional development of staff
  • Volunteers in the community


Nonprofit Organization of the Year: 

  1. Nominee must be an active nonprofit organization with in Central Oregon
  2. Nominee must be a member in good standing with the Bend Chamber of Commerce
  3. Nominee must have been in operation for at least 3 years
  4. Nominee must have demonstrated the following:
  • This award recognizes outstanding accomplishments by a nonprofit organization that demonstrates outstanding contributions to the community or provide quantitative results of the initiative all in the pursuit of its mission.
  • Nominee must have shown organizational excellence and responsibility to stakeholders.
  • Mission statement of the non-profit organization must be provided.


People’s Choice:

This award is chosen by the community!  All SAGE Business Award nominees are entered into the People’s Choice Award Category. Using any tactics available, businesses engage with customers and clients to vote online for the best of the best.  The business with the most votes from the community wins!  Every nominee for themselves – Good luck!

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  1. Helen Jones says:

    Hello Chamber,

    I would like to speak to the person in charge of the SAGE awards ceremony Sept. 7.

    I am a board member of the Central Oregon Symphony Association. We would love to give free tickets to those in attendance at the Riverhouse to our first Central Oregon Symphony concert in October 2018 in Bend.

    This is our 52nd year of existence! That’s a fact that many people in Central Oregon don’t realize – we have been around a long time!

    Please contact me at: hpjones54@gmail.com

    Thank you.

    Helen Jones

    1. That’s really generous! You can email our EVP of Programs and Events, Robin Rogers at robin@bendchamber.org

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