EDAWN’s 9th Annual “Existing Industry Awards”

The Existing Industry Awards event is our community’s opportunity to celebrate and recognize the success and accomplishments of the many outstanding companies that make up the backbone of our regional economy – our existing primary employers!

2021 Existing Industry Awards (General Criteria)

Thursday, October 21, 2021: Atlantis Casino Resort Spa (Grand Ballroom)

With the exception of the Community Partner and the President’s awards, company must be a Primary Company. Target nominees are those in the EDAWN Strategic Plan Target Industries, however all primary companies that are nominated will be considered.

Primary Company is a private sector company in Washoe County, the Tahoe Reno Industrial Center or Fernley where the majority of the company’s revenue (>50%) is generated from outside the State of Nevada.

Small is defined as a primary employer with 50 or less employees worldwide, and Large is defined as a primary employer with 51 employees or greater. The exception is the category of “Small But Mighty” which applies to companies with 10 or fewer employees.

  • Descriptions of qualifications are required for all categories
  • Nomination process: Nominations will be accepted from individuals, companies, community partners and the nominating committee. The nomination form must be completed in full and submitted by the applicable deadline of September 1, 2021. Entries received after closing date will not be entered into the awards. For third party nominations, EDAWN will request supporting documentation from the company to complete the nomination process. Nomination forms will be posted on the EDAWN website in order to be submitted electronically. A company logo and a one-line description for use in the event program will be required from all nominees in addition to the description of qualifications based on the category criteria. If your nomination cannot be submitted electronically, or if you experience difficulties, please contact Brian Bosma at 775-829-3712 or bosma@edawn.org to make alternate arrangements.
  • Event will be publicized via the EDAWN Executive Update, press releases, and social media, and will be added to print media calendars.
  • This event is administered by EDAWN.
  • Nominees are required to have been operational in the region as of January 1, 2021. The timeframe for all categories for supporting documentation and description of activities that meet the criteria is from January of 2020 through the nomination deadline. The exception is the Corporate Citizen Category, and the timeline for documentation is the calendar year 2020 (previous full year of contributions.)
  • The judges’ decisions are final and binding. Company may only receive one award in any given year. Companies may be nominated in multiple categories. If you believe your company or the company you have nominated stands out in multiple categories, please nominate the company for Company of the Year and provide corresponding documentation. Company may not receive an award in the same category within a 5 year period.
  • The winners agree to take part and assist with any promotional activities or public relations activities in support of the awards. The winners agree to send a representative to take part in the nominee reception, and to receive the award in person at the event on October 21, 2021, at the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa, from 5:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Local dignitaries will also be on hand to recognize winners and professional photographs will be provided free of charge.
  • Winners will be announced the evening of the event.
  • The judges reserve the right to reallocate an entry to a different category.
  • All nominees will be invited to an exclusive reception with local dignitaries, before the ceremony, at the Sky Bridge from 4:30 pm-5:15 p.m.


2021 Existing Industry Awards Categories

Tech Innovation Award  

Criteria: This award is designed for small or large primary companies which focus on the development, marketing or manufacturing of technology, or which provide technology as a service. It includes companies that are delivering new technology products or services or are delivering existing technology products in new ways. This may include software, hardware, cyber-security, IoT, robotics, and other tech related products and services, where tech or tech services are a core part of the business. The company must be generating revenue to qualify.

Description required: Describe why you call yourselves a “tech company” based on the product or services you are developing, marketing, or manufacturing, what industry you serve, and how your company contributes to the economic diversity in the region. Please share your vision of the impact your company is making on the region or in your industry.

Corporate Citizen Award (Large and Small company categories)

Criteria: Company which has made significant philanthropic contributions in money, employee volunteer hours or in-kind donations, to a charita