SAGE Awards

The SAGE Awards, Scranton Awards for Growth and Excellence, recognize the outstanding efforts, talent, creativity and innovation in Northeastern Pennsylvania.


Congratulations to our 2021 SAGE Award Winners!

This year’s SAGE Awards have been enhanced in order to honor and recognize the resourcefulness and innovation our local businesses and organizations employed due to the challenges of COVID-19. In addition, we created the new IMPACT Award for 2021, which includes three categories: Community Outreach, People and Culture, and Products and Services. 

Applicants may not apply for an award received in the past – unless it is one of the following three awards  –  Best Practices in Marketing and Communications, Hometown Star, and Pride and Progress. Previous award winners are invited to submit in these categories again, as long as the project is a new endeavor and notably different from your prior award achievement.

A volunteer judging committee, comprised of a diverse group of community leaders, scores all applications that meet the eligibility criteria. Chamber staff does not participate in the process. Decisions are final. Results cannot be shared. All scores are tallied and the three highest applications advance to finalist status. The winners were announced at the annual Chamber Gala, on Friday, March 19, a hybrid event held at the Hilton Scranton & Conference Center and live via Zoom.

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Award Categories

Best Practices in Community Involvement

Recognizes a business that demonstrates a commitment to serving its community through volunteering and philanthropy.

  • Community involvement must have taken place within the last year
  • Must be operational for at least one year (includes remote and online operations)

Finalists:

• Coal Creative
• Scranton Area Community Foundation
• Valhalla Veterans Services

Winner: Coal Creative


Best Practices in Customer Service

Recognizes a business who demonstrated exemplary care and compassion which has increased client satisfaction and retention.

  • Must be operational for at least one year (includes remote and online operations)

Finalists:

• Center City Print
• Maternal and Family Health Services
• Tech42 LLC

Winner: Maternal and Family Health Services


Best Practices in Marketing and Communications

Recognizes an in-house marketing department or advertising firm for creative excellence in ONE advertising campaign. The campaign must use THREE of the following media or methods: newspaper, consumer/trade publication, outdoor board, direct marketing mailer, brochures, stationery package, annual report, magazine/book publication, poster, special event material, mass transit/bus board, radio, television and digital marketing.

  • Previous award winners are invited to submit in this category again if the project is a new endeavor and is notably different from previous win
  • Must be fully operational for at least one year

Finalists:

• Horizon Dental Care
• Inspired Studio
• Posture Interactive

Winner: Posture Interactive


Business of the Year

Recognizes a business, with more than 10 employees, for its accomplishments and operational successes.

  • Must be financially stable and operational for more than three years
  • Must be a for-profit business
  • Two part-time employees = one full time employee

Finalists:

• Benco Dental
• Fidelity Bank
• Horizon Dental Care

Winner: Fidelity Bank


Hometown Star

Recognizes an individual, business or organization that has made a significant impact on our area by conducting or adapting an in-person or virtual event (meals for needy families, raised money for downtown businesses, shopped daily and supported local businesses, raised money for the community, paid rent for downtown businesses) with a rich contribution in our area.

  • Previous award winners are invited to submit in this category again if the project is a new endeavor and is notably different from a previous win
  • Event must have taken place within the last year

Finalists:

• Dearly Departed Players at the Dunmore Cemetery
• Scranton Memorial Park at Scranton High School
• Food for All Campaign at The Settlers Inn

Winner: Food for All Campaign at The Settlers Inn


New and Emerging Business of the Year

Recognizes an emerging business that has demonstrated a capacity for creativity and innovation, experienced growth and that has established itself as a leader in its industry.

  • Must be financially stable and operational for at least one year and no more than three years (includes remote and online operations)
  • Must be a for-profit business
  • Applicants for this award are not eligible to apply for Small Business of the Year
  • If applicant has previously won Small Business of the Year, they are not eligible to apply for this award

Finalists:

• Birdhouse Outdoor
• Scholars in Training Preschool
• Space Time Mead & Cider Works

Winner: Space Time Mead & Cider Works


 Non-Profit Organization of the Year

Recognizes a non-profit organization that demonstrates excellence in society, stability, marketing and strategic alliances – all in the pursuit of its mission.

  • Must be financially stable and operational for a minimum of three years
  • Must be a 501(c)(3) organization benefitting Lackawanna County
  • Government entities, business entities, individuals and academic organizations are not eligible

Finalists:

• Camp Freedom, Inc.
• Keystone Mission
• Maternal and Family Health Services

Winner: Keystone Mission


People’s Choice

Celebrates the community’s favorite SAGE Award finalist through online voting. The finalist with the most votes received will be named People’s Choice.

Winner: Hematology & Oncology Associates of NEPA


IMPACT AwardNEW for 2021!

Recognizes a business or organization that has demonstrated creativity, adaption and perseverance during the tumultuous challenges of 2020. Applicants may qualify and apply for all three awards.

Community Outreach: Recognizes creative expansion, collaborations or adaptions within a business or organization for the purpose of addressing significant community needs

Finalists:

• Center City Print
• DePietro’s Pharmacy
• FNCB Bank

Winner: DePietro’s Pharmacy


People and Culture: Recognizes a business or organization that has shown exemplary responses to the COVID-19 crisis – including the transition/adaption of safe work environments, restructuring of employees, compensation, childcare, flexibility and working remotely –  to ensure the well-being of their employees

Finalists:

• DePietro’s Pharmacy
• Golden Technologies
• Penn Foster

Winner: Penn Foster


Products and Services: Recognizes a business or organization for pivoting and transforming its core business model or creating new methods/services/products in order to continue operation, while also addressing customer and community needs

Finalists:

• DePietro’s Pharmacy
• Hematology & Oncology Associates of NEPA
• Woodloch Resort

Winner: Woodloch Resort


Small Business of the Year

Recognizes a business, with 10 or fewer employees, for its accomplishments and operational successes.

  • Must be a for-profit business
  • Must be operational for more than three years (includes remote and online operations)
  • Two part-time employees = one full time employee
  • Applicants for this award are not eligible to apply for New and Emerging Business of the Year

Finalists:

• Center City Print
• PennWood Financial Group
• United Sports Academy

Winner: United Sports Academy