2018 Eagle Awards Nominees

“The African American Chamber has been serving Central Florida as an advocate for the advancement of African American businesses since 1945.”

The Chamber is extremely proud of its history and its members’ contributions to the community. We hope your organization will join us in honoring area businesses and organizations committed to the advancement of African American businesses by submitting a nomination for this upcoming recognition ceremony. All nomination forms must be submitted to the Chamber by a soon as possible in order to be considered. Click below to learn more about each of the award categories.

Nominations & Applications due by November 19, 2017

Press Conference Announcing Finalists To Be Announced

Award Categories

Please click below to learn more about each category. Learn more about reach award by clicking on the title of the award in the dialog box below.

This category recognizes a Black-owned business or entrepreneur that has been in business for one to three fiscal years and has demonstrated substantial growth. It will take into consideration the overall performance of the business over the last three years, what the entrepreneur believes makes them different, and their vision for the future of the business.

To Be Eligible:

 

  • Business must be at least 51% Black owned and managed
  • Must prove that it has been in operation for 1-3 fiscal years
  • Must have a corporate office in Central Florida region
  • Must be a client or service provider of AACCCF or a member in good standing
  • Business owner(s) must be willing to produce tax information or a sworn and notarized statement from an accountant stating revenues/net profit for the last one to three fiscal years

 

Businesses will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Rate of growth and sustainability
  • Net wealth creation (Describe what portion of your sales revenue is derived from local, state, regional, national or international markets)
  • Innovations and contributions to respective industry; including job creation
  • Community involvement and/or corporate social responsibility
  • Response to adversity: Situations in which your business has overcome adversity
  • Awards or recognition received

Those who are not eligible in this category include:

  • Businesses in which any owner has previously won one of the Eagle Awards series in this particular category.
  • Nonprofit organizations (founders or executive directors of nonprofits qualify in the Humanitarian or Advocate categories)

The selection committee will consider factors such as the positive changes that have occurred through access to training and services, as well as any significant problems or barriers the nominee had to overcome in their steps towards economic independence.

Application Form PDF

Online Application Form

Nominee Pages
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This award recognizes and honors an African American business that has made notable, long-term contributions to economic development, their industry and community. Individuals are chosen based on their contributions or success in business.

The focus of the award is on financial performance and future objectives, the competitive advantage of the business, and examples of specific strategies that have driven business growth.

To be eligible:

  • Business must be at least 51% Black owned and managed
  • Must prove that it has been in operation for a minimum of 5 consecutive fiscal years
  • Business offices in Central Florida region
  • Must be a client or service provider of AACCCF or a member in good standing
  • Must not have filed Chapter 7 or 11, bankruptcy, or been subject to any civil or criminal investigations within the last three years
  • Be an independent, for-profit corporation, partnership or proprietorship
  • Business owner(s) must be willing to produce tax information or a sworn and notarized statement from an accountant stating revenues/net profit for the last one to three fiscal years

 

Businesses will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Proven efforts to advance the African American business community
  • Exhibits revenue and/or employee growth
  • Evidence of community service contributions or involvement
  • Proven success stories and testimonial
  • Accomplishments in advising African American business groups within the overall business community
  • Commitment and innovation for increasing business opportunities through mentoring, facilitating enhanced finance options, etc.
  • Awards or recognitions received

Those who are not eligible in this category include

  • Businesses in which any owner has previously won the Eagle Award.

Application Form PDF

Online Application Form

Nominee Pages
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This category recognizes a Black-owned business that has been in business three to five fiscal years and has demonstrated a trajectory of growth.

To be eligible:

  • Business must be at least 51% Black owned and managed
  • Must prove that it has been in operation for 3-5 fiscal years
  • Must have a corporate office in Central Florida
  • Must be a client or service provider of AACCCF or a member in good standing
  • Business owner(s) must be willing to produce tax information or a sworn and notarized statement from an accountant stating revenues/net profit for the last one to three fiscal years

Businesses will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Net wealth creation (Describe what portion of your sales revenue is derived from local, state, regional, national or international markets)
  • Innovations and contributions to respective industry; including job creation
  • Community involvement and/or corporate social responsibility
  • Response to adversity: Situations in which your business has overcome adversity
  • Awards or recognition received

Those who are not eligible in this category include:

  • Businesses in which any owner has previously won one of the Eagle Awards series in this category.
  • Nonprofit organizations (founders or executive directors of nonprofits qualify in the Humanitarian or Advocate categories)

The selection committee will consider factors such as the positive changes that have occurred through access to training and services, as well as any significant problems or barriers the nominee had to overcome in their steps towards economic independence.

Application Form PDF

Online Application Form

Nominee Pages
Submit

This category recognizes an organization that demonstrates the highest commitment to business and social responsibility. The ideal corporation has been instrumental in growing African American small businesses by providing sound professional advice, performing duties beyond normal practices, and positively influence businesses on a mentorship or contractual basis. The winner will demonstrate its voluntary actions above ordinary compliance measures and impressive record of accomplishments, such as promoting ethical business, a commitment to sustainability, and involvement with local communities.

To be eligible:

  • Must have a corporate office in Central Florida
  • Must be a client or service provider of AACCCF or a member in good standing
  • Business owner(s) must have proven efforts to advance the African American business community

Businesses will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Supplier Diversity Program
  • Accomplishments in advising African American business groups within the overall business community
  • Commitment and innovation for increasing business opportunities through mentoring, facilitating enhanced finance options, etc.
  • Commitment to the advancement of African American business community interests
  • Commitment to business corporate citizenship by creating innovative opportunities for African Americans
  • Commitment to foster diversity in the workplace with programs that maximize the potential of all employees
  • Awards or recognitions received

Those who are not eligible in this category include:

  • Businesses in which any owner has previously won one of the Eagle Award category.

Application Form PDF

Online Application Form

Nominee Pages
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This category recognizes an organization or individual that has made life-long contributions and extraordinary service towards the improvement of the African American Community in Central Florida region.  This individual or organization should have demonstrated leadership through charitable or public service work and an unselfish commitment to the African American Community.

To be eligible:

  1. Individual Organization/Business should have offices/operations in the Central Florida Region or be a resident of the Central Florida region.
  2. Nominee must be an individual who is highly distinguished for his/her humanitarian contributions to society in his/her chosen business, profession or philanthropic life’s work.

Individuals will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  1. Professional achievements
  2. Demonstrated leadership within community organization
  3. Recognitions, honors or awards received
  4. Community involvement
  5. Success stories and/or testimonials

Application Form PDF

Online Application Form

Nominee Pages
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This category recognizes an individual or not-for-profit that has fulfilled a commitment to the advancement of small business opportunities for minority business owners.  The chamber will bestow this honor to an individual or organization that has been an outstanding spokesperson and advocate for small business gaining contracts, supplier diversity opportunities and assisting with policies that help make a difference for African American small business community.

To be eligible:

  1. Nominee must reside and work in the Central Florida Region
  2. A demonstrated commitment to small-business advocacy above and beyond policies that specifically impact their own business or industry

Individuals will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  1. A demonstrated commitment to small-business advocacy above and beyond policies that specifically impact their own business or industry
  2. A proven history of volunteer efforts to advance and improve the overall small-business community.
  3. Demonstrated efforts to improve conditions in the minority small business community as a whole, not solely for individual personal advancement
  4. Demonstrated efforts to provide professional services to the minority small business community in a legal, legislative, managerial or financial capacity
  5. Demonstrated accomplishments in advising minority small business groups of opportunities within the overall business community
  6. Proven success stories and testimonials

Application Form PDF

Application Form PDF

Nominee Pages
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