Melissa Muise
Melissa Muise, Public Relations Coordinator

In Halifax, we rarely take the time to celebrate the good. Let’s face it – we’re generally either too busy with the day-to-day or anticipating the worst. The local business community is not focused on celebration – it doesn’t have the time.  At the Halifax Chamber of Commerce, we want to promote entrepreneurship, a key factor under “Create a Positive Business Environment” in our strategic plan. One of the loudest ways we do this is through our annual Halifax Business Awards. Not only is it the Chamber’s most prestigious event, but also it’s the most involved one – with 30 finalist companies and 6 sponsors, the Halifax Business Awards has a wide reach.

Interested in what it’s like to be a finalist? Here’s what you need to know:

  1. Nomination Process – The first step in the Awards process is to be nominated. This can happen by nominating yourself/your business or being nominated by a second party via email, nomination card or our website. We even get some anonymous nominations. Official nomination criteria was recently published on the Halifax Business Awards page of our website.
  2. Accepting the Nomination – Once a business or business person is nominated for an award, they must accept the nomination by a particular deadline. This is vitally important because we do not send out the submission package – which is what is used to score you or your business – until you accept the nomination. You’ll want to give yourself plenty of time to fill out the submission package.
  3. Submission – This is what the judges use to score your business. You will be required to fill out a survey, a series of questions specific to your business, in order to be considered. Be sure to put time and energy into these responses. Make sure they are edited and explain the heart of your business. Avoid technical jargon – the judges may have no idea what you’re talking about. It is vital that you have your submission in on time!  This gives the judges the opportunity to thoughtfully review every submission – and with the number of submissions we get, you don’t want them to feel rushed while they review yours.
  4. Finalist – The first thing that you will receive as a finalist is a big congratulations from the Chamber. Secondly, you will receive an Awards details document and this will be your be-all and end-all for everything Awards related. Included in this is a contact sheet that the Chamber needs to make sure we have your company name spelled properly on our marketing materials. There are also a number of dates that you will need to RSVP for, so it’s best to review your calendar and put them in immediately.
  5. Awards Night – This is your big night! The Chamber staff orchestrates the evening to highlight each and every finalist and the fantastic things you’re doing! Hundreds of people attend this every year to celebrate the finalists and the success of our business community. Sit back, relax and make sure you have a short speech prepared in case your name gets called as the Gold winner in your category.

Melissa Muise is the Chamber’s Public Relations Coordinator, working with events, communications and sponsorship to ensure that we’re continuously strengthening relationships and creating new opportunities for growth. She’s also busy editing and creating communications materials for numerous resources and can be seen assisting with finishing touches at many events. Melissa can be reached at or (902) 481-1238.