Florida Sterling Manufacturing Business Excellence Award

FloridaMakes, in partnership with The Sterling Council, is leading the Florida Sterling Manufacturing Business Excellence Award process.

The award process is designed to:
  • Recognize high-performing Florida manufacturing companies
  • Provide opportunities for organizational learning and development
  • Promote and elevate participating manufacturers and the Florida manufacturing sector

Nomination Deadline: December 17, 2021

Eligibility: All manufacturers with production facilities in Florida are eligible to participate. It is not necessary for the nominee to be a member of any association.

How to Nominate a Company: A nomination may be made by any individual or organization including any industry group, supplier, customer, workforce or economic development organization, University/College/School, or government agency. Self-nominations are also acceptable.

To nominate a manufacturer, complete the below form or send an email to SMBE@FloridaMakes.com with the following information:
The company you are nominating, a point of contact for the nominee company and their contact information, and also your name and contact information. No nomination write-ups are required.

The final day for nominations is Wednesday, December 17, 2021.
Please contact Phil Centonze at (954) 684-2642, SMBE@FloridaMakes.com with questions.

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The Process:
  1. Organizational Profile and Overview – Following the nomination, the nominee will be notified and asked to complete the Organizational Profile, and forward the completed questionnaire with attachments to Phil Centonze, at SMBE@FloridaMakes.com. The writing style of the Profile is not evaluated. The Profile provides context for evaluation, detailing company information, and describing internal and external pressures and influences.
    The Organizational Profile and Overview should be submitted by Friday, January 7, 2022.

  2. Business Overview – Once the Profile is submitted, an initial web meeting is scheduled with the Nominee and a team of Examiners for an overview (about two hours) of the nominated company business. Discussion will include review of basic elements of high performance based on the Evaluation Criteria. Manufacturers screening favorably advance to the Semi-Finalist stage of the competition.
  3. Site Visit – The Examiner team will conduct a more in-depth interview (about three hours) with managers and employees to discuss detailed aspects of each Semi-Finalist manufacturer to evaluate company systems and practices.

  4. Selecting Finalists and Winners – Upon completion of all company interviews, Examiners confer to review the evaluations, select, and recommend Finalists. A team of Judges will review the recommended Finalist evaluations and decide the winners based on scoring against the 2022 Evaluation Criteria for high performance.

  5. Recognizing Finalists and Winners –Finalists and Winners will be recognized in mid-2022, at a time and venue to be determined.

  6. Additional Benefits – All Finalists and Winners will be provided a value-added evaluation feedback session (about two hours) offering identified company strengths and opportunities for improvement. Afterwards, Finalists and Winners should also expect to be invited to participate in knowledge sharing and developmental activities in the manufacturing community.

Please join us to help recognize high-performing manufacturers and elevate Florida’s manufacturing community. We welcome your nominations and invite you to share this award information with companies and organizations throughout the state.

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