Frequently Asked Questions

 

About The Stevie Awards
What are the Stevie Awards
How many different Stevie Awards competitions are there?
What are The International Business Awards?
Who are the organizers and sponsors?
How long have The Stevie Awards been in existence?
What are the categories?
What will winners receive?
Where can I find a list of past honorees?

Benefits of Participation
What are the benefits of submitting entries?
What sort of publicity can Stevie Award winners expect to receive?

Submitting Entries
Who can be nominated in The International Business Awards?
Who can submit entries for consideration?
Does a company have to be publicly held to be able to submit entries?
May government agencies and non-profit organizations submit entries?
When is the entry deadline?
Are there entry fees?
Where can I see examples of entries that other companies have submitted?
Are entry forms kept confidential?
Why are the submission requirements for most categories so loosely defined?
What is the difference between a "department" category and a "team category?

Judging
Who are the judges?
How can I apply to be a judge?

Awards Ceremony
Will the awards ceremony be broadcast?
When will the awards ceremony take place?
What will it cost to attend the awards ceremony?

Awards
How many Stevie Award winners will there be?
What will Stevie Award winners receive?
Will Stevie Award winners be able to purchase additional awards?

Q: What are the Stevie Awards?
A: The Stevie Awards are the world's premier business awards. The mission of the Stevie Awards is to recognize and generate public awareness of excellence in the workplace worldwide.

Q: How many different Stevie Awards competitions are there?
A: There are currently six Stevie Awards competitions: The International Business Awards, the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, the German Stevie Awards, The American Business Awards, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. We also manage the Golden World Awards for PR Excellence on behalf of the International Public Relations Association.
   The International Business Awards are open to all organizations worldwide.
   The Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards are open to all organizations in the 22 nations of the Asia-Pacific region.
   The German Stevie Awards are open to all organizations operating in Germany.
   The American Business Awards are open to American organizations and foreign companies with operations in the U.S.A.
   The Stevie Awards for Women in Business are open to all women executives and entrepreneurs, and the organizations they run, worldwide.
   The Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service are open to all organizations worldwide.

Q: What are The International Business Awards?
A: The International Business Awards are the only international, all-encompassing business awards competition. Each year the IBAs receive more than 3,300 entries from organizations in more than 60 nations and territories.

Q: Who are the sponsors?
A: The organizers are the Stevie Awards organization in suburban Washington, D.C.  The sponsors include leading business-to-business publishers and marketers.   Click here to learn about our sponsors.

Q: How long have The Stevie Awards been in existence?
A: The Stevie Awards were founded in 2002.

Q: What are the categories?
A: There are scores of categories to recognize achievement in every facet of the workplace, from the executive suite to the production line. For a list of categories, click here.

Q: What will honorees receive?
A: Each year 30-40% of all entries submitted to the IBAs receive average scores during the preliminary phase of judging to warrant inclusion in final judging. All Finalists ultimately are named Gold, Silver or Bronze Stevie Award winners, as determined in final judging. To learn more about the Stevie Award trophy, click here

Q: Where can I find a list of past honorees?
A: Stevie Award winners in The 2015 International Business Awards are listed here.

Q: What are the benefits of submitting entries?
A: Participating in The International Business Awards is a cost-effective way to honor and reward your valued employees.  Just by nominating them you reward them.  Click here to learn more about the value of winning corporate awards.
   The benefits of becoming a Stevie Award winners will also be significant. Honorees can expect to receive a tremendous amount of publicity.  The brand-building or brand-burnishing benefits of winning a Stevie Award can be significant.

Q: What sort of publicity can International Stevie Award winners expect to receive?
A: The awards ceremony will be internationally broadcast, so International Stevie winners will receive international exposure just from the broadcast.  The Awards' public relations agency will also work to generate international, regional, and local exposure for honorees.

Q: Who can be nominated in The International Business Awards?
A: All organizations and individuals worldwide are eligible to submit entries. 

Q: Who can submit entries for consideration?
A: Any person, group, or organizations can submit entries.

Q: Does a company have to be publicly held to be able to submit entries?
A: No, any eligible organization or individual can submit entries.

Q: May government agencies and non-profit organizations submit entries?
A: Yes they may. They should select "Non-profit Organizations" as their industry when they enter. There are also several categories specifically for government and non-profit organizations.

Q: When is the entry deadline?
A: There are three deadlines for The 2016 International Business Awards:

  • 13 April: Early-bird deadline, offering discounted entry fees
  • 11 May: Final entry deadline
  • 15 June: Last day that late entries will be accepted with payment of a $55/entry late fee

Q: Are there entry fees?
A: Yes, there are entry fees, and they vary by category.  For a list of the entry fees, click here. Because the Stevie Awards is an independent organization, we are funded almost exclusively by entry fees and sponsorships.

Q: Where can I see examples of entries that other companies have submitted?
A: Click here to read the 2015 Gold Stevie Award-winning entries.

Q: Are entry forms kept confidential?
A: Yes. The organizers ensure that only authorized judges will review entries, and that information about nominees is not released to anyone else without prior approval.

Q. Why are the submission requirements for most categories so loosely defined?
A. The submission requirements are loosely defined in recognition that every organization is unique in its culture, its accomplishments, and in how and why it seeks recognition. The submission requirements are structured so that each organization may determine and cite its own accomplishments in its own way. More strictly defined requirements would narrow the focus of the awards, which the organizers did not want to do.

Q. What is the difference between a "department" category and a "team" category?
A. A department represents everyone who works in a particular function. For example, everyone who works in marketing in a company, regardless of their role or position, is part of the marketing department. A team, on the other hand, is a small group of people from one or more departments. For example, a customer service team that serves a particular client, or a human resources team that focuses on benefits administration.

Q: Who are the judges?
A: More than 200 executives around the world will participate in the IBA judging process in 2016. Finalists will be determined by more than 100 preliminary-round judges. Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie Award winners will be placed from among the Finalists by more than 100 executives on a number of specialized final judging committees.
   If you would like to apply to become a preliminary-round judge, click here. You will be able to participate at your convenience over the Internet.

Q: How can I apply to become a judge?
A: To complete the application to participate in the preliminary round of judging, click here.

Q: Will the awards ceremony be broadcast?
A: Yes, the awards presentations will be broadcast live, worldwide, via Livestream.

Q: When will the awards ceremony take place?
A: The 2016 awards banquet will take place in Rome, Italy on Friday, 21 October. The setting will be announced soon. Tickets will go on sale in mid-August.

Q: What will it cost to attend the awards gala?
A: Tickets will be $455 each, or $4,450 for a table for 10.

Q: How many Stevie Award winners will there be?
A: The number of Finalists who will ultimately be placed as Gold, Silver or Bronze Stevie Award winners will be determined by the number and quality of entries submitted. All entries that receive a high average score in preliminary-round judging will automatically become Finalists. Final judges' average scores will then determine the Gold Stevie Award winner in each category and the distribution of Silver and Bronze Stevie Awards.

Q: What will Stevie Award winners receive?
A: Gold Stevie Award winners will automatically receive one Gold Stevie Award. Silver and Bronze Stevie winners will be eligible to receive one silver or bronze medal, and will have the option (but not the requirement) to purchase a Silver or Bronze Stevie Award trophy..

Q: Will Stevie Award winners be able to purchase duplicate awards?
A: Yes. A wide range of duplicate awards and other commemorative items are available for purchase at StevieAwards.myshopify.com.