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2017 Pride in Business Awards

Presented by Wells Fargo


Nomination Form

Thank you for your submissions.  Nominations are now closed.
Tell us who you want recognized for their outstanding commitment to our community during our Annual Gala and Awards Dinner November 4, 2017.
For the first time ever we have all gender neutral categories.
This year nominations will be evaluate and winners chosen by an outside, unbiased committee comprised of leaders from other diversity chambers so that no one, even MBA Board members and Gala Committee members will be excluded.
This also means nominations must adhere to criteria and should provide significant details.

Nomination Criteria

General Qualifications for the below Nomination Form to be accepted:

  • Nomination must come from an MBA member who is currently in good standing at the time of submitting the Nomination Form
  • Nomination Form must be submitted in full and without deficiencies by September 29, 2017.

General Qualifications for ALL Categories:

  • Visibly support the LGBT community by providing contributions and/or in-kind services to non-profit organizations, political issues, or community-wide causes
  • Reside and work in the seven-county metro Orlando area
  • Exemplify the highest standards in their profession
  • Demonstrate excellence and success in business or profession
  • Promote diversity, equality, and inclusivity in the workplace or in a professional capacity.

Qualifications specific to Award Categories:

    • Corporate Ally of the year:
      • Business must have been incorporated at least three years prior to the date of the gala AND
      • Business must employ over fifty employees within the seven-county metro Orlando area
    • New Business of the Year: 
      • Business must have been formed at least one year prior to the date of the gala AND
      • Business must have not been formed more than three years from the date of the gala.
    • Small Business of the Year: 
      • Business must have been formed at least three years prior to the date of the gala.
    • Business Owner of the Year:
      • Business must be established for at least 5 years.
    • Non-Profit Organization of the year:
      • The Non-Profit must have previously filed for the IRS designation under what is commonly referred to as 501c3 AND
      • The Non-Profit must have been previously approved by the IRS as a 501c3 prior to this nomination (because approval is not guaranteed, the Non-Profit may not be in ‘pending’ status at the time of the nomination.
    • Business Leader of the Year:
      • A Business Leader uses their success to benefit the whole community, leading non-profits and other business owners to success.

      If you are unsure if the person and/or business and/or Non-Profit meets the above criteria, we kindly request you to inquire the person, business, or Non-Profit.  If the person or business is required or has elected to register with the Florida Department of Corporations, you may find a helpful resource in looking at Check out our 2016 winners and finalists! 

      Most importantly, thank YOU for being such a strong member of both the MBA family and the greater metro Orlando community.  With taking the time to fill out a nomination form, you add value for which we are grateful.  If you have any questions about this form, please email

Please Nominate below:

2017 PIBA Nomination Form