SAGE Awards

The SAGE Awards, Scranton Awards for Growth and Excellence, recognize the outstanding efforts, talent, creativity and innovation in northeastern Pennsylvania. There are numerous award categories for new and emerging businesses, seasoned veterans and various industries.

The application criteria has been expanded for the following three awards categories only: 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 are announced at the annual Chamber Gala in November.

2018 Winners

Apply today by clicking the appropriate award category below. If you are having difficulty with the online application, please call (570) 342-7711 or email awards@scrantonchamber.com.

Award Categories

 

Best Practices in Customer Service
Recognizes a business whose customer service has increased client satisfaction, client retention, referrals and/or profits.
Best Practices in Community Involvement
Recognizes a business that demonstrates a commitment to community involvement and philanthropy as part of its core business values.
Best Practices in Marketing and Communications **Expanded criteria for 2019
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 online ads. 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.
Business of the Year
Recognizes a business, with more than 10 employees, for its accomplishments and operational successes.

 Fastest Growing Company

Recognizes a business whose dynamic revenue growth over a three-year period, both dollar and percentage increases, has greatly contributed to the strength of our local economy.

Hometown Star **Expanded criteria for 2019
Recognizes an individual, business or organization that has made a significant economic impact on our area by conducting an event, with a rich social, historical and charitable contribution to 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 previous win.
New and Emerging Business of the Year
Recognizes an emerging business that has demonstrated a capacity for creativity and innovation, experienced growth and established itself as a leader in its industry.
 Non-Profit Organization of the Year
Recognizes a non-profit organization that demonstrates excellence in five areas – role in society, financial stability, fundraising, marketing and strategic alliances – all in pursuit of its 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.
Pride and Progress **Expanded criteria for 2019
The Pride and Progress awards recognize public/private sector operations for upgrading their establishments and improving the region. Renovations/construction must have been completed during the past two years. 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. Applicants are judged in three different sub-categories (below).

  • Exterior Renovation: These awards recognize public/private sector operations for upgrading their establishments and improving the region. Renovations/construction must have been completed during the past two years. Applicants for Exterior Renovation must express and accentuate the original architectural character and features of the building.
  • Interior Renovation: These awards recognize public/private sector operations for upgrading their establishments and improving the region. Renovations/construction must have been completed during the past two years. Applicants for Interior Renovation must show substantial improvement/change.
  • New Construction: These awards recognize public/private sector operations for upgrading their establishments and improving the region. Renovations/construction must have been completed during the past two years. Applicants for New Construction must harmonize with the surrounding neighborhood.
Small Business of the Year
Recognizes a business, with 25 or fewer employees, for its accomplishments and operational successes.