BERKSHIRE COUNTY, MA– 1Berkshire is now accepting nominations for its ninth annual Berkshire Trendsetter Awards. The Berkshire Trendsetter Awards celebrate outstanding organizations and individuals whose achievement, innovation, and/or commitment has strengthened our regional economy and helped the Berkshires grow. Top finalists will be honored, and final winners announced at 1Berkshire’s annual event, Celebrate the Berkshires, on Thursday, September 12th, location has yet to be decided.
The categories reflect the incredible commitment our community has invested into encouraging innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurship in the region. Categories include Innovative Marketing Campaign; Creative Economy Standout; Entrepreneur/Visionary of the Year; Growing/Advancing the Berkshire Economy; Newcomer of the Year; Nonprofit Impact; and Under 40 Change-Maker. Full descriptions for each category are below. Take a moment to view the 2018 winners at https://1berkshire.com/events/celebrate/trendsetter-awards/
“Presenting the Trendsetter Awards is truly a highlight for all us at 1Berkshire. I am thrilled each year when we review all the outstanding businesses and individuals we spotlight with these awards.” stated Jonathan Butler, Chief Executive Officer of 1Berkshire, “Now in its ninth year, the Trendsetters are all about the good news and exemplary work being done in the region, and these awards honor those effecting positive change here in the Berkshires and beyond.”
1Berkshire encourages everyone to nominate deserving businesses and individuals for one of these prestigious awards, or to nominate themselves or their business by completing the online form at https://1berkshire.com/calendar/celebrate-the-berkshires/trendsetter-awards/. The deadline for nominations is Friday, May 31, 2019. Finalists will be notified in early June, and asked to provide additional information for the selection process.
Berkshire Trendsetter Award Category Descriptions:
Innovative Marketing Campaign: Presented to a company how has run a creative campaign utilizing paid, earned, and/or owned media that demonstrates excellence and effectiveness, showcasing creativity.
Creative Economy Standout: Awarded to a creative program, product or entrepreneur demonstrating original and effective methods of production, unique design, or significant impact on the Berkshires’ creative economy.
Entrepreneur/Visionary of the Year: Recognizing a Berkshire business founder/owner whose company, organization, or project has made a significant impact in an industry or community.
Growing/Advancing the Berkshire Economy: Presented to a project that attracts new residents or new jobs or enhances the current workforce attributes for a single employer, targeted employee segment, or the region as a whole.
Newcomer of the Year: Celebrating a person or company that relocated or opened in the Berkshire since January 1, 2018 and has already made a significant impact on the County.
Nonprofit Impact: Awarded to a program or menu of programs that shows excellence in serving the character of the community by providing an educational experience and/or enhancing the quality of life in The Berkshires.
Under 40 Change-Maker: Recognizing a community leader under 40 that has proven leadership, team-building, problem-solving skills, and has heightened awareness of key issues affecting Berkshire County.
Nominate now at https://1berkshire.com/events/celebrate/trendsetter-awards/. Please note that you can nominate yourself or your business and/or you can nominate other individuals or businesses.
Photos attached: Award image photo credit: Tricia McCormack Photography. Recipient image photo credit: Edward Acker
1Berkshire is a county-wide organization focused on economic development and promotion of the region as a preferred place to visit, to live, and to grow a business. It provides programs that connect businesses with each other and with potential customers, as well as works to develop future leaders and support entrepreneurs. For more information, visit 1Berkshire.com.