2019 Business Excellence Awards

2018 Business Excellence Awards with Bill Stainton

Every year, Think Dutchess recognizes the most successful businesses in Dutchess County at the Business Excellence Awards. For more than 20 years, the premier business event in Dutchess County brings together the entire business community to celebrate innovation, service and distinction. This year’s awards will be held Thursday, October 24th, at 5:30 pm at The Grandview in Poughkeepsie.

Nominations Are Now Open

Nominations (including self-nominations) are now open for the businesses and nonprofit organizations to be honored at the 2019 Business Excellence Awards. Businesses large and small will have the opportunity to gain local recognition and share their achievements at the county’s largest business event. If you know a business or nonprofit organization with an earned reputation for excellence and contribution to Dutchess County and its economic development we urge you to nominate and share this form.

Last year’s 20th Anniversary event was one of the most talked about events in the business community. Through networking and celebration, the event provides a unique opportunity to connect with high-level decision makers, while enjoying an inspirational and motivational evening of entertainment and celebration.

Sponsorship creates a valuable opportunity to place your business at the center of the most important influencers in the Hudson Valley. Sponsor and attend the Business Excellence Awards to align your business with elite names and celebrate the advances being created here in Dutchess County.



Businesses, associates, and colleagues may nominate a candidate in the following categories:

• Innovator of the Year
• Nonprofit of the Year
• Small Business of the Year
• Large Business of the Year

To enter:

Select the category that best represents the business. You may submit an application in more than one category as long as the criteria for entry are met.  Download, complete, and save as an interactive pdf. Return to Rachel@thinkdutchess.com by July 26, 2019.  Businesses, associates and colleagues may nominate a candidate in the following categories:



Small Business of the Year
Large Business of the Year
Nonprofit of the Year
Innovator of the Year



A premier business-led organization, Think Dutchess Alliance for Business brings together 12 agency partners creating a one-stop shop for your site selection, financing, incentives, permitting and advocacy, strategic planning and counseling, marketing and networking needs.