Call Harry Winston to reserve your jewels and notify your favorite haute couture designer. It’s time for the The Second Annual American Business Awards. The ceremony, dubbed “the business world’s own Oscars” by The New York Post, will this year honor America’s Best Support Staffer and Best Technician.

Winners will be honored at a Hollywood-style, nationally broadcast ceremony in New York, where they’ll receive a coveted Stevie—named for the Greek word “crowned”—which is designed by the same company that makes the Oscar and Emmy.

“We began the American Business Awards last year as a way to recognize the millions of Americans who accomplish innovative and exceptional things every day, but rarely get acclaim for it,” said Michael Gallagher, president of the Stevie Awards, which organizes the program. “Administrative and technical support professionals are the backbone of the business world and this is an excellent way to publicly recognize their accomplishments.”

How to nominate
To encourage entries, nominations in the Best Support Staffer and Best Technician categories prior to November 14 will be free of charge. The final deadline for nominations is Friday, January 23, 2004. Nominations can be submitted online, or you can download nomination forms and submit them by mail.

The awards ceremony will include dozens of categories ranging from Best Executive to Best Marketer and Best Salesperson. Many categories for advertising and corporate media, including film, video, multimedia, and Web sites, have been added this year. Nominees will compete only against other firms of their size, in their industry, so you must specify your company’s industry and number of employees.

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 company-size classification.

More about the Stevie
The Stevie, as shown in Figure A, is approximately 12 inches tall, and is hand-cast and finished in 24-karat gold. The crystal pyramid held aloft by Stevie represents the hierarchy of human needs, a theory developed in the 1960s by psychologist Abraham Maslow, which is often represented as a pyramid. Maslow contended that after their basic needs are met, human beings seek the esteem of their peers.

Figure A
The Stevie Award

You be the judge
Your nomination will have to impress a distinguished group of judges and advisors to win a Stevie. The group of American business leaders who decide the winners in the main categories include such notables as Donald Trump, Tony Robbins, and Bruce Nelson, chairman and CEO of Office Depot. The preliminary judging will be performed by professionals recruited from companies nationwide.

If you’d like to be one of those preliminary judges, simply apply on The American Business Awards site. If your application is accepted, you’ll be able to review and rate as many nominations as you’d like on the Web during January through March 2004. Judging allows you to take an inside look at how other companies are meeting their day-to-day challenges and achieving success.