MED Week Awards Nomination Categories

The Business Diversity Institute will present awards to outstanding minority-owned businesses and diversity practitioners in Oregon/SW Washington.

BDI Construction Firm of the Year

Recognizes minority firms in the construction industry that deliver project excellence above and beyond industry standards.

BDI Minority Business Firm of the Year Award (non-construction)

Recognizes minority firms that have demonstrated achievements above and beyond industry standards.

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.

MED Week Awards Criteria

Minority-owned business nominees must meet the following:

Eligible businesses must:

  • Be State of Oregon and/or Washington certified as a Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) firm
  • Have been in business for at least three (3) years.
  • Business must be headquartered in Oregon or SW Washington
  • Be a for-profit enterprise.

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.

Award Nomination Form

Nominations must be submitted using the Online form by Aug. 29, 2016.