2022 Ascension Awards

Nonprofit/Public Organization of the Year – The Nonprofit/Public Organization of the Year Award is presented to a nonprofit or public organization that does an outstanding job of utilizing its available resources to advocate, educate, provide resources and otherwise help grow and support Black-owned and minority businesses and/or the Black and minority communities in Palm Beach County.

Emerging Black Business of the Year – The Emerging Black Business of the Year is presented to a business that exemplifies excellence in business operations, growth and community involvement within Palm Beach County.  The nominee may not be a franchised business. The nominee must have five or less years of business operation.

Distinguished Black Business of the Year – The Distinguished Black Business of the Year Award is presented to a business that exemplifies excellence in business operations, growth, and community involvement and has made a significant impact on the community and economic development base in Palm Beach County.  The nominee may be a franchised business. The nominee must have more than five years of business operation.

Young Business Professional of the Year – The Young Business Professional of the Year Award is presented to a business person under the age of 40 who has demonstrated leadership and professionalism in their field of work, and has contributed to the success of the organization.  The nominee should have a high level of integrity and values, show exceptional dedication to their profession, and have a zeal for enhancing the life of others. The nominee need not be the business owner.

Corporation of the Year – The Corporation of the Year Award is presented to a business that demonstrates outstanding economic support of Black businesses.  The corporation substantially contributes to the economic vitality, and overall advancement, of Black business through job creation and expansion of opportunities.

Social Justice Advocate of the Year – The Social Justice Advocate of the Year Award is presented to an individual who actively works to promote fairness and equity across many aspects within the Black and minority communities of Palm Beach County.   This individual actively works to empower these communities through one or more of the four principals of social justice:
1) Equity – advocating for policies that address systemic barriers
2) Access – advocating for unobstructed access to resources
3) Participation – advocating for opportunities for citizens to participate in policy making that affects their well-being
4) Rights – advocating for basic human rights that grant freedom of speech, voting rights or criminal justice protections

Selection Criteria for all Award Categories

  • Priority will be given to nominees who are members, in good standing, of the Black Chamber of Commerce of Palm Beach County (BCCPBC)
  • Nominations will be reviewed by a Selection Committee made up of previous Ascension Award Recipients
  • BCCPBC reserves the right to eliminate any award category in which no nominations are submitted.
  • BCCPBC reserves the right to eliminate any nomination that is incomplete or does not fit the approved award criteria.

Nomination Form

NOMINATION DEADLINE, 12:00 noon, Wednesday, December 1, 2021

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