Saint Paul To Launch Annual Business Awards

The Saint Paul City Council announces a program to recognize and celebrate businesses in Saint Paul. The newly launched annual Saint Paul Business Awards will honor businesses in seven categories, and winners will be based on nominations from the community.   

“Locally-owned independent businesses are the economic engine that create good jobs and grow our tax base,” said Ward 7 Councilmember Jane Prince. “We’re taking this opportunity to recognize and celebrate the great businesses that make Saint Paul, Saint Paul – and to shout their praises from the rooftops!”

As part of the Open for Business initiative that began in 2016, this is another step in making Saint Paul an even better place to do business. “We believe that our success as a city depends on building our infrastructure to support the strongest possible business climate,” said Ward 2 Councilmember Rebecca Noecker.

“We know that new businesses are looking to operate within our city every day, including businesses operated by women and minorities.” said Ward 1 Councilmember Dai Thao. “We must recognize their success stories to support them.”

Six of the winners will be selected by a committee of fellow business owners and one award, the People’s Choice award, will be selected by the community at large. Nominations are currently being accepted and the deadline for nominations is January 31. Anyone can nominate a business, including a customer, neighbor, employee or owner. Awards will be presented on March 22 at the City Council meeting.  

Award Categories

  • Traditions Award - Honoring a business that has been active in Saint Paul for at least twenty years. 
  • New Kid on the Block Award - Honoring a business that has opened in Saint Paul within the last five years.
  • Large Business Excellence Award - Honoring a business with at least 50 employees in Saint Paul that cares for its employees and the community.
  • Small Business Excellence Award - Honoring a business with fewer than 50 employees in Saint Paul that cares for its employees and the community.
  • Alice O’Brien Award – Honoring a woman-owned business that is committed to equity and empowerment.
  • Reflecting St. Paul Award – Honoring a business owned by a person of color that is committed to equity and empowerment.
  • People’s Choice Award - Honoring a business that is recognized for its excellence by St. Paul residents

Find more information and nominate a business today at www.stpaul.gov/bizawards