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Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

About The Stevie® Awards
What are the Stevie Awards?
How many different Stevie Awards competitions are there?
What are the Stevie Awards for Great Employers?
Who are the sponsors?
Who stages the awards?
How long have the Stevie Awards been in existence?
What are the categories of the Stevie Awards for Great Employers?
What will winners receive?

Benefits of Participation
What are the benefits of submitting entries?
What sort of publicity can Stevie Award winners and Finalists expect to receive?

Submitting Entries
Who can be nominated?
Who can submit entries for consideration?
Does a company have to be publicly held to be able to submit entries?
When is the entry deadline?
Are there entry fees?
Where can I see examples of entries that other companies have submitted?
Are entry forms kept confidential?

Judging
Who are the judges?
Will I be able to see the judges' comments on my entries?
How can I apply to be a judge?

Awards Ceremony
When will the awards ceremony take place?
What will it cost to attend the awards ceremony?

Awards
How many Gold, Silver, and Bronze Stevie Award winners will there be?
Will Finalists receive an award?
Will honorees be able to purchase additional awards?

Q: What are the Stevie Awards?
A: The Stevie Awards are the world's premier business awards.  The mission of the Stevie Awards is to recognize and generate public awareness of excellence in the workplace.

Q: How many different Stevie Awards competitions are there?
A: There are currently seven Stevie Awards competitions: The American Business Awards, The International Business Awards, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, the German Stevie Awards, the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service, and the Stevie Awards for Great Employers.
   The American Business Awards are open to all organizations and individuals with operations in the U.S.A.
   The International Business Awards are open to all organizations and individuals worldwide.
   The Stevie Awards for Women in Business are open to all organizations and individuals worldwide.
   The Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards are open to all organizations in the 22 nations of the Asia-Pacific region.
   The German Stevie Awards are open to all organizations operating in Germany.
   The Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service are open to all organizations and individuals worldwide.
   The Stevie Awards for Great Employers are open to all organizations and individuals worldwide.

Q: What are the Stevie Awards for Great Employers?
A: The Stevie Awards for Great Employers are an awards program produced by the Stevie Awards. The mission of these awards is to recognize the world's best organizations to work for, and the individuals, teams, achievements, new products and services, and suppliers that drive them.

Q: Who are the sponsors?
A: The sponsors include leading business-to-business marketers. Click here to learn about our sponsors.

Q: Who stages the awards?
A: The awards are produced by Stevie Awards, Inc., a private company that stages the seven annual Stevie Awards competitions.

Q: How long have the Stevie Awards been in existence?
A: The awards were founded in 2002.

Q: What are the categories of the Stevie Awards for Great Employers?
A: There are more than 70 categories, recognizing the world's best organizations to work for in 34 industry categories, HR professionals and teams, achievements related to great workplaces, and the new products, services, and suppliers that help to create and drive great employers. For a list of categories, click here.

Q: What do winners receive?
A: Gold Stevie® Award winners (the top-scoring entry in each category) receive a Gold Stevie Award, a magnificent trophy designed by the same company that makes the Oscars. Silver and Bronze Stevie Award winners receive Silver or Bronze medals, depending on their score in final judging, and will have the option to purchase Silver or Bronze Stevie Award trophies.   The top winner overall (total number of points conferred by Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie wins) receives a Grand Stevie Award trophy.

Q: What are the benefits of submitting entries?
A: The employee-relations benefits can be significant. When you submit entries, you're telling your employees that you recognize and appreciate their accomplishments and believe that their achievements are worthy of recognition.
  When Stevie winners are announced you'll have access to all available written comments from the judges about your entries. These comments may help you to improve how you tell your organization's story, and may offer priceless business advice.
   The benefits of becoming a Stevie winner will also be significant. Stevie winners can expect to receive a tremendous amount of publicity.

Q: What sort of publicity can Stevie Award winners expect to receive?
A: The awards ceremonies will be videotaped and photographed, and winners will have access to these resources to help them celebrate their wins and generate awareness of their achievement. All Stevie winners will have access to tools such as winner logos and press release templates that they may use to publicize their wins to the press and their employees, customers, friends and followers.

Q: Who can be nominated?
A: Any for-profit or non-profit organization or individual anywhere in the world can be nominated.

Q: Who can submit entries for consideration?
A: Any person, group, or organization may submit entries.

Q: Does a company have to be publicly held to be able to submit entries?
A: No, any for-profit or non-profit organization or individual can submit entries.

Q: When is the entry deadline?
A: The early-bird deadline, with discounted entry fees, is May 4 2016 The final entry deadline is June 8. Late entries will be accepted through July 20 with payment of a $55/entry late fee.

Q: Are there entry fees?
A: Early-bird entry fees are $215 per entry in the categories that recognize the achievements of individuals and $440 per entry in the categories that recognize entire organizations, teams and departments and new products and services.  Entry fees will rise $45/entry on May 5. Add a $55 late fee for entries submitted after June 8.

Q: Where can I see examples of entries that other companies have submitted?
A: 2016 will mark the first edition of the Stevie Awards for Great Employers.  Look in the Awards section of any other Stevie Awards website and you'll find the full-text of Gold Stevie-winning entries from past years.  (Start at www.StevieAwards.com.) 

Q: Are entry forms kept confidential?
A: Yes. The organizers ensure that only authorized judges will review entries, and that information about nominees is not released to anyone else without prior approval.  Gold Stevie Award-winning entries will be published on the web site, but winners will first have an opportunity to redact any confidential or non-public information from their entries.

Q: Who are the judges?
A: Preliminary-round judges are qualified business professionals around the world. Final-round judges will comprise several blue-ribbon panels that will be chaired by some of last year's Gold Stevie Award winners. More than 50 professionals will participate in the judging process.

Q: Will I be able to see the judges' comments on my entries?
A: Yes. Judges' anonymous comments will be available in entrants' entry-submission accounts when Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie Award placements are announced.

Q: How can I apply to become a judge?
A: To complete the application to participate in the juding process, click here. If your application is accepted you will be able to participate at your convenience over the Internet.  You can still be a judge and submit entries - you won't be assigned categories in which you're an entrant.

Q: When will the awards ceremony take place?
A: The awards dinner will take place on Friday, September 30, 2016 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Times Square in New York City.

Q: What will it cost to attend the awards dinner?
A: Tickets prices will be announced when Finalists are announcced in August 2016.

Q: How many Gold, Silver, and Bronze Stevie Award winners will there be?
A: The number of winners will be determined by the number and quality of entries submitted. All entries that receive a high average score in preliminary-round judging will automatically become Finalists. The highest-scoring Finalist entry in a category will be named the Gold Stevie winner. Other Finalists will receive Silver or Bronze Stevie recognition based on their final average scores.

Q: Will Finalists receive an award?
A: Yes, all Finalist will be conferred Gold, Silver, or Bronze Stevie recognition.

Q: Will honorees be able to purchase duplicate awards?
A: Yes. Gold Stevie winners will be able to purchase duplicate trophies and/or Stevie Winner certificates and plaques. Silver and Bronze winners will receive Silver and Bronze medals, and will be able to purchase Silver and Bronze Stevie trophies, Stevie Winner certificates and plaques.  Visit the Stevie Awards Store for more information.

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