Business Excellence Awards 2018

20 Years of Excellence

Think Dutchess is seeking nominations for the
20th Annual Business Excellence Awards!

The Think Dutchess Business Excellence Awards recognize the most successful businesses in Dutchess County. More than that, they bring together the entire business community to celebrate innovation, service and distinction. This year, Think Dutchess is celebrating our 20th anniversary of hosting this signature event on Thursday, Nov. 1st at 5:30 pm at The Grandview in Poughkeepsie.

Recognized by regional media as the “go-to business event,” the Business Excellence Awards draw more than 400 of the most esteemed business and community leaders together in one location to network and applaud the efforts of the businesses leading the county’s economic development. Award sponsors, winners and attendees gain access to generous media coverage, networking opportunities and a grand presentation with entertainment and dessert provided.

To mark this special anniversary, we are opening nominations (including self-nominations) for the cutting-edge businesses and nonprofit organizations to be honored at the 2018 Business Excellence Awards. Businesses large and small will have the opportunity to gain local recognition and share their work. 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.


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 the fillable pdf for the nomination category and return to by July 31, 2018.  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

Nominate Your Choices Here:

Criteria for entry can also be found on the nomination forms and must be returned to Think Dutchess by July 31, 2018. Selections will be made by a judging panel of local business professionals.
For questions, please contact Rachel Welch at 845.463.5400 or



A premier business-led organization, Think Dutchess Alliance for Business brings together 10 agencies under one unified vision for one-stop shop site selection, financing, incentives, permitting and advocacy, strategic planning and counseling, marketing and networking.