Has the Best in Business app from Inc. stumped you?  Answers to the 5 most frequently asked questions

Has the Best in Business app from Inc. stumped you? Answers to the 5 most frequently asked questions

First things first: bookmark the Best in Business app page.

Well, to recap, Inc.’s Best in Business Awards celebrate companies that have made an extraordinary impact over the past year in their field, within their communities, or on society at large. We do some shows based on big data, like the Inc. 5000, and we wanted to balance those by also recognizing achievements that don’t necessarily show up on a balance sheet. Although we have many applications before the early rate deadline of August 19, that is tomorrow, there is still time to apply. Here are the top five questions we get, along with our answers to get you on the right track. If your company puts profit before purpose, this is for you.

1. What are you looking for in an app?

In a sentence, positive impact. Ideally, that impact is measurable. And more than just a day-to-day product of your company, although that is not a strict criterion. (Last year we highlighted Nova Credit, which helps immigrants build credit profiles in the US, a business model too noble for us to ignore. A more typical example is The Mom Project, which, in addition to improving the skills of working mothers every day, established a technology training scholarship that has put more than 2,000 women to work at companies like IBM and Deloitte). In general, we are looking for efforts, initiatives, programs and the like that go beyond a mission-driven business model. Good deeds, really.

Pro Tip: Be specific and, where appropriate, include numbers that we can verify.

2. Should we fall into more than one category?

Probably. We’re offering more than 40 industry categories this year, including new ones for businesses in e-commerce, events and experiences, management consulting, software as a service, sustainability, and more. In addition to these, we will also be looking for winners by company size, stage, revenue and region, as well as awarding an overall winner of Overall Excellence (think Best Film). If you can make a good case for your company in multiple categories, you should… Inc.’s editorial team judges the entries in each category relative to the others and analyzes each category individually. We’ll award one winner in each category, so the more categories, the better your odds. Last year we selected nearly 200 honorees.

3. We are a public company, but Really you want to come in can we?

I’m not sorry. To be eligible, a business must be private, US-based, and independent (ie not a subsidiary). Our fact checkers investigate these criteria, so if you don’t meet them, save yourself and us time and money.

4. Why should I apply and what happens if I win?

Well, because you want to be recognized as a company that puts purpose before profit by a trusted resource in the business media. But there is many reasons. I can tell you that last year we called the list “Companies We Most Admire.” Each company will be viewed and evaluated by Inc. editors, and whether you make it or not puts you on our radar. A good number of honorees will appear in the winter issue of Inc. as well as online, where all honorees will be listed. Please note that we think of our audience of founders and entrepreneurs as a community, and this is one way to come together.

5. When is the deadline?

The deadline to apply the advance fee is Friday, August 19. The fare then increases during the stretch until the final deadline, Friday, September 16. Don’t let the dog eat the homework. And remember, sooner is better – we’re also working on the deadline, and the more time we have with your application, the more familiar we’ll be with your company.

Pro Tip: You can apply now, save your entry in our system, and keep working on it until the final deadline.

Still can’t find the answer you need? Don’t worry. We have a dedicated team to handle application questions, and you can email them here: BestinBusiness@inc.com.

Good luck, keep up the good work!

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