Hosting Under The Patronage of H.E. Sheikha Lubna Al Qassimi
Minister for Foreign Trade, UAE


THE 8th ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS AWARDS 2011

HOSTED AT EMIRATES PALACE, ABU DHABI, UAE

FAQ

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?

Who governs the Awards?

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 winners of The Stevie Award?

Benefits of Participation

What are the benefits of submitting entries?

What sort of publicity can Stevie Award winners and Finalists 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

You say that entrants will only compete against other companies of their size, in their industry? How does that work?

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 Finalists and Stevie winners will there be?

Will Finalists receive an award?

Will Stevie winners and Finalists 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.

Q: How many different Stevie Awards competitions are there?

A: There are currently four Stevie Awards competitions: The International Business Awards,The American Business AwardsThe Stevie Awards for Women in Business, and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service.

   The International Business Awards are open to all organizations worldwide.

   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 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.

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: Who governs the Awards?

A: The Awards are overseen by a Board of Distinguished Judges & Advisors that includes many leading figures in business worldwide.  Click here to see the list of Board members.

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 dozens of categories, recognizing companies, individuals, functional departments, teams, and advertising and media such as web sites, annual reports and video productions. For a list of categories, click here.

Q: What will honorees receive?

A: Category winners will receive a Stevie Award, a magnificent trophy that has become one of the world's most coveted prizes. To learn more about Stevie, click here.  Distinguished Honorees (honorable mentions) receive a medal.

Q: Where can I find a list of past winners of The Stevie Award?

A: International Stevie Award winners in The 2010 International Business Awards are listed here.

Q: What are the benefits of submitting entries?

A: Especially in difficult economic times like these, 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 Distinguished Honoree or winning an International Stevie 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 and Distinguished Honorees 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 Distinguished Honorees and International Stevie winners.

Q: Who can be nominated in The International Business Awards?

A: All organizations 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 2011 International Business Awards:

12 April: Early-bird deadline, offering discounted entry fees. This is the first year in which the IBAs have offered an early-bird deadline

11 May: Final entry deadline

8 June: The last day that late entries will be accepted with payment of a 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 2010 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: You say that entrants will only compete against other organizations of their size, in their industry? How does that work?

A: Whether you submit your entries through The International Business Awards web site or through the mail, you must specify your organization's industry and size (by number of employees) as part of the entry process. 

   When the final judges determine Stevie winners, they will have the option to award more than one Stevie in a category, as long as the winners are not from within the same industry and organization-size classification.

Q: Who are the judges?

A: Preliminary-round judges will be qualified business professionals from around the world. Final-round judges will be members of the Awards' Board of Distinguished Judges & Advisors and other invited luminaries.

   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: Broadcasting plans for 2011 will be announced soon.

Q: When will the awards ceremony take place?

A: The 2011 awards ceremony will take place in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates in late September or early October. Details will be announced soon.

Q: What will it cost to attend the awards gala?

A: Tickets will be $395 each, or $3,800 for a table for 10.

Q: How many Distinguished Honorees and International Stevie winners will there be?

A: The number of Distinguished Honorees 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 Distinguished Honorees. Final judges will have a lot of leeway in determining how many of the Distinguished Honorees become International Stevie winners.

Q: Will Distinguished Honorees receive an award?

A: Yes, all Distinguished Honorees that don't win an International Stevie will receive a medal.

Q: Will International Stevie winners and Distinguished Honorees be able to purchase duplicate awards?

A: Yes. International Stevie winners will be able to purchase duplicate trophies. Distinguished Honorees will be able to purchase duplicate medals. All honorees will be eligible to purchase other commemorative items.