MED Week Nominations
The Business Diversity Institute will present awards to outstanding minority-owned businesses and diversity practitioners that have demonstrated success as business owners and a commitment to the Oregon/SW Washington community.
MED Week Awards Nomination Categories
BDI Construction Firm of the Year
Recognizes minority firms in the construction industry that deliver project excellence above and beyond industries standards.
BDI Minority Business Firm of the Year Award (non-construction)
Recognizes minority firms that have demonstrated measurable growth and/or innovations.
BDI Legacy Award for Lifetime Achievement (race neutral)
Honors individuals who have played an integral role in the creative, technical or professional progress of minority business development over a sustained period of time.
BDI Leadership Award (race neutral)
Recognizes an individual who have shown leadership and achieved significant success in creating diversity in the public or private sector.
BDI Champion Award (race neutral)
Recognizes a public or private organization who are community champions for minority business inclusion. Ideal candidates should demonstrate and promote best practices, ideas and strategies to increase the overall participation of minority-owned firms on projects.
Ideal candidates are leaders who inspire, foster, recognize, demonstrate, encourage and promote best practices, ideas, products, technology and strategies for diversity and inclusion to enhance great places to live and/or work.
Please note: Nominations will be accepted from all sources, including self-nominations by business owners wishing to be considered for any of the awards.
All nominations must be submitted using the Online Award Nomination Forms below. Form I nominates Minority-owned Construction and Non Construction businesses. Form II nominates both Legacy Lifetime Achievement and Leadership Awards.
Please note: All nominations must be submitted before the deadline of September 2, 2015.
All nominations should contain the information requested for each category. Remember that judging will be based on the information submitted, so please take the time to provide details and to fully answer all questions.
The MED Week Awards Criteria
Minority-owned business nominee must meet the following:
Eligible businesses must:
- Be at least 51% minority-owned with the minority owner(s) having the knowledge and expertise to manage, operate, and control the business.
- Be U.S.-citizen-owned business, or owner must be a lawful permanent resident.
- Have been in business for at least three (3) years.
- Business must be headquartered in Oregon or Washington
- Be a for-profit enterprise.
Eligible minority groups: For a small business to be considered for a MED Week award, the owner(s) must be of an ethnic heritage that is, by U.S. law, defined as a minority. Eligible minority groups include: Black /African Americans; Latino/Hispanic Americans; Asian Americans; Pacific Island Americans; Subcontinent Asian Americans; Native Americans; and/or Alaskan Native Americans.
Other considerations: MED Week committee judges take into consideration many different aspects of a business owner's story. Business performance, growth and economic impact are very important, but the challenges and adversities a nominee has overcome on the road to success are considered as well. The nominee's demonstrated commitment to community involvement is of great importance also. Details are important, so please take the time to provide specific examples in reply to all questions contained in the nominations package. Judges are as equally interested in the story behind the successful business as they are in the fact that the business is successful. Lastly, please understand that by taking the time to nominate a minority-owned business for their successes you may be helping that business win future work. Award recipients are able to cite this recognition in future proposals, partnership negotiations, and related interactions with contractors, public agencies and private sector project owners.
MED Week Nomination Form I