2021 Business Excellence Awards

Honoring Our Region’s Top Businesses

We are very excited to announce Dutchess County’s favorite executive-level event, will return this year— in person! Join us to celebrate the achievements of the top businesses in Dutchess County Thursday, October 28th. 

For over 20 years, the Business Excellence Awards celebration has attracted hundreds of prominent business leaders to recognize the people and companies that demonstrate unique vision, innovation and achievement in support of our region’s economy. Each year, our award winners prove the impact our business community has on making Dutchess County a great place to live, work, and visit. These companies exemplify excellence, innovation, collaboration and service and inspire us all to continue to strive for excellence. They showcase the impact and vital role that businesses large and small play in the overall economic development of Dutchess County. Our award winners are outstanding representatives of the economic diversity in our region’s business community.

Award winners are honored for their creativity, vitality, stability and contribution to Dutchess County growth. Winners have demonstrated commitment to the advancement of the business community an impact on the lives of our citizens by creating jobs and increasing the tax base. Over the years, the scope of the Excellence Awards has grown to acknowledge leaders in innovation and significant individual contributions towards Dutchess County’s economic resilience and success.


Applications are now open to nominate the businesses and nonprofits you think are creating the biggest impact on our community. Self-nominations are encouraged. Community members and employees are open to nominate any Dutchess County businesses and nonprofit organizations that exemplify excellence, innovation, collaboration, service and resilience. All nominations must be received by July 30, 2021. 


  • Select the category that best represents the business.
  • Complete the appropriate nomination form with as much detailed information about the business as possible
  • Submit your nomination by Friday, July 30, 2021 to be considered by our Awards Committee

Categories include: 

For more information on entry and judging criteria visit: 2021 Business Excellence Awards Nominations


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While this year’s winners will highlight what it takes to emerge successful, last year’s winners were a testament to the tenacity of our business community and the entrepreneurial and community spirit that lives here in Dutchess. Our first Virtual Business Excellence Awards were held to showcase the fortitude of just a few of the businesses that came together to provide the necessary support, services and connections we all needed during an incredibly difficult year.

2020 Virtual Business Excellence Awards

If you were not able to catch the YouTube Premier of the event, be sure to watch it here, and join us on Thursday, October 28th to have a chance to meet and congratulate many of the winners in person!

Our 2020 Winners

Innovator of the Year: Hudson Valley Concierge Service

Nonprofit of the Year: Community Family Development

Small Business of the Year: Story Screen Beacon

Large Business of the Year: Crepini

The Grand Award: Central Hudson

Special Recognition Award: Mary Kay Vrba



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