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The Award

Named after former Governor Deane C Davis (1900-1990) and co-sponsored by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce and Vermont Business Magazine, the award is given to the Vermont company that embraces the unshakeable values that Davis brought to his office: enhancing the economy and championing the environment with the help of business and satisfied employees.

Governor Deane C. Davis (1900 - 1990)

In 1968, at the age of 68, when most people look forward to enjoyment of retirement, Deane C. Davis was elected governor. Governor Davis brought considerable experience to the governor’s office (1969-1973), gleaned over many years as a lawyer, corporate officer and company president. He was a strong advocate of a sound economy based in a protected environment.

Governor Davis was known as the “Environmental Governor” because of his strong support for Act 250, which was enacted during his administration. He also championed a vigorous economic development program that resulted in the creation of the highly successful regional economic development corporations.

Vermont Business Magazine​ and the Vermont Chamber of Commerce presented the 2015 Deane C. Davis Outstanding Business of the Year Award to PC Construction! Celebrating 26 years of this award at the 2016 Vermont Industry & Business EXPO! Congrats to PC Construction on such prodigious award! Thank You Third Generation Media & Design​ for producing this video! Read the article: vermontbiz.com/news/may/pc-construction-receives-deane-c-davis-outstanding-business-year-award

 

Criteria

The Standards of Excellence are the criteria that will be used in judging the nominees for the Deane C. Davis Outstanding Vermont Business of the Year Award. The following questions should be used as guidelines and examples for companies as they prepare their submissions for nomination. Please note, this award is designated to a for-profit business as the judging committee will take the growth of sales into consideration. 

Demonstrated success by:

* Continued growth in number of employees and/or sales.
Does the company have a clear mission statement that allows sustainable growth for itself and its employees? Does the company’s goals and objectives create incentive for sustained growth? Does the company’s marketing strategy keep up with a constantly changing market place?

* Commitment of company resources, including employees to community projects.
Does the company have a community relations function at its corporate level? Does the company encourage employees to participate in community projects? Are company officers involved in community projects?

* Recognition of the environment as a natural and economic resource for Vermont.
Does company policy incorporate Vermont’s natural environment in the production or marketing of its product(s)? Is the company actively involved in the development of local, regional or state natural and economic environmental policies? 

* Creation of a positive work environment for all employees.
Does the company involve its employees in operational policy creation? Does the company create incentives for employee participation in company and community projects? Does the company’s human resources policies provide for meaningful and continuing employee evaluation?

Standards of Excellence:

The Deane C. Davis Outstanding Vermont Business of the Year Award is the prestigious recognition of a company in Vermont who has met the highest standards of excellence in the past year to improving its sales, the work environment for its employees, and its contribution of its resources to its community.

The honoree has demonstrated success through:

  • Continued growth in number of employees or sales
  • Commitment of company resources, including employees to community projects
  • Recognition of the environment as a natural and economic resource for Vermont
  • Creation of a positive work environment for all employees

The economic well-being of Vermont rests squarely on the success of its businesses, large and small, which provide jobs, products, and services to consumers in Vermont, across the United States and around the world. Many companies in Vermont fully exemplify the Deane C. Davis Outstanding Vermont Business Standards of Excellence. They have used these standards as a guideline to improve their business, their employees and their community. These standards are relevant to all businesses, small and large.

Meeting the highest standards of excellence is the direct cause of the success of any business. Even if the market is ready and consumers are willing, the ability to attain the highest standards of excellence combined with a clear, definable mission statement is vital to any company’s longevity.

Eligibility:

To be eligible the nominated business must have its corporate headquarters in Vermont for at least 10 years. Subsidiaries of international corporations may also be nominated if their U.S. headquarters are based in Vermont and if they operate largely autonomously. Please note, this award is designated to a for-profit business as the judging committee will take the growth of sales into consideration. 

General Information:

Anyone may nominate a business for the Deane C. Davis Outstanding Vermont Business of the Year Award. The nomination may be made by the business itself, a government agency, or interested individuals.

The award will be presented on Thursday, May 26, 2016 at the Vermont Chamber Business & Industry EXPO at the Sheraton Hotel & Conference Center in Burlington, Vermont.

The screening committee may request additional information from nominators, references or the company itself for the judge’s consideration. All entries and supplementary materials will become the property of the Vermont Chamber of Commerce and will not be returned. Decisions of the judging committee are final.

All entries for the 2015 Deane C. Davis Outstanding Vermont Business of the Year Award must be submitted online before midnight, March 4, 2016.

Because the Deane C. Davis Outstanding Vermont Business of the Year Award is designed to recognize the total commitment of a company, nominations should describe the entire scope of the company’s mission.

Accompanying Materials:

The online nomination form allows you to submit up to three supporting documents to your online nomination. Supporting documents are optional. Please submit as much background material as you feel necessary to support the statement. Additional materials may include, but are not limited to samples of company policies, mission statements, company annual reports, employee newsletters, program evaluation forms. If you are unable to submit accompanying materials online you may mail them to: The Vermont Chamber of Commerce, c/o Ellen Dube, P.O. Box 37, Montpelier, VT 05601.

Confidential Information:

In order for the Selection Committee to properly evaluate each application, it is helpful for us to have relevant information requested (sales figures and employee count). This information is CONFIDENTIAL and will not be shared with anyone other than the Selection Committee. Copies will be destroyed following the selection. Please include this information with your application.

 

DEANE C. DAVIS OUTSTANDING 

VERMONT BUSINESS AWARD WINNERS

 

1990 WALLACE ENTERPRISES 

1991 C & S WHOLESALEGROCERS 

1992 MCKENZIE MEATS 

1993 PERRY RESTAURANT GROUP 

1994 GREEN MOUNTAIN COFFEE ROASTERS 

1995 VERMONT HEATING & VENTILATING 

1996 MACKMOLDING COMPANY 

1997 SMUGGLERS’ NOTCH RESORT 

1998 VERMONT COUNTRY STORE 

1999 CABOT CREAMERY 

2000 WAITSFIELD CHAMPLAIN VALLEY TELECOM 

2001 WILD APPLE GRAPHICS 

2002 NRG SYSTEMS 

2003 HUBBARDTON FORGE 

2004 IDX 

2005 KING ARTHUR FLOUR 

2006 RSG

2007 SYMQUEST GROUP INC

2008 NATIONAL LIFE GROUP

2009 BIOTEK INSTRUMENTS INC

2010 SMALL DOG ELECTRONICS

2011 FOLEY FAMILY OF COMPANIES

2012 GW PLASTICS, INC.

2013 DEALER.COM

2014 CHAMPLAIN CABLE

2015 Winner | PC Construction

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The Hall of Fame

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The Vermont Business Magazine (VBM), in partnership with the Vermont Chamber of Commerce (VCC), has established a Vermont Business Hall of Fame to be hosted at the University of Vermont's College of Business Administration. Each past winner of the Deane C Davis Award will be honored as a new member of the Hall of Fame with an induction ceremony.