Small Business Month Contest
Small businesses can make a big impact when it comes to environmental and social change. Every action businesses take brings our communities closer to a better future, encompassing everything from sustainability to social equality.
We want to celebrate that with the Meridian Big Impact Awards and a $25,000 grand prize. Nominate a deserving Ontario business that you believe is having a positive impact on environmental and social causes. If the business you nominate wins, you get $500!
How the contest works
- Nominate a business you feel has demonstrated their commitment to making a positive impact on environmental and/or social causes.
- Please submit your nomination between October 3 to 31, 2022.
- Only businesses based in Ontario are eligible.
Can I nominate any business?
Any business based in Ontario is eligible. The business does not need to be a Meridian Member. We welcome all nominations.
How will Meridian choose a winner?
A panel of Meridian business experts will choose 10 finalists. Then, judges will choose the the first, second, and third prize winners based on how well they demonstrate their commitment to making an impact on environmental and/or social causes.
How our previous finalists are making an impact
In 2021 we awarded prizes to several businesses for their commitment to resilience, innovation, and community involvement. Out of over 1,000 nominations we selected nine finalists. We heard countless stories of businesses creating positive change, and thought we’d share how two of our finalists are faring one year later.
We awarded first prize to Northern Village, a web development business. They've been using the prize money to continue supporting clients driven by social benefit. This includes their Access2ID project, a software service with that helps people who have difficulty accessing personal identification, such as those who are homeless or precariously housed, people with limited mobility, folks undergoing gender transition, and those leaving custody.
Niagara’s Attachment and Trauma Treatment Centre for Healing (ATTCH) took third prize last year. The critical need for free, supportive mental health services has perhaps never been more apparent than in the last few years. ATTCH provides free and low-cost therapy as a non-profit without government funding, focusing holistic wellness to simultaneously calm the body and the mind, forming new neuropathways and new ways of thinking and being. With the funds from this award they were able to see more clients requiring urgent services.