Middle Market Growth recently announced that it has extended the application deadline for the first-ever awards to December 15.
Middle-market operating companies and young professionals are eligible to apply in five categories. It’s a chance for you, a colleague, or your clients to share your achievements over the past 12 months with the middle-market M&A community.
Middle Market Growth Editor-in-Chief Katie Mulligan recently recorded a short podcast episode to talk about the awards categories, who’s eligible, the recognition for winners, and how to apply. More information and all application materials are available here.
Considering applying? Here are some insights into what the judges will be looking for.
- COVID-19 has presented challenges for many businesses, and some have gone to great lengths to hold on to staff—from restaurants that launched grocery arms, to distilleries that began making hand sanitizer. If you’ve preserved jobs, or created new ones, apply for the Job Creator Award.
- Has your business introduced something new this year, or come up with a novel approach within its industry? Maybe it’s a new way to market to customers in lieu of onsite events, or a billing software solution to help health care clinics. We’re looking for companies that have taken a creative approach to problem solving for the Innovation Award, sponsored by Cambridge Global Payments.
- The changing nature of work has been a theme of 2020, so for the Workplace Award, sponsored by Insperity, we’re looking for companies that have demonstrated a strong commitment to their corporate culture—whether that’s through diversity and inclusion initiatives, work-from-home solutions, COVID-related safety precautions, or innovative benefits.
- The final two categories speak for themselves—the Growth Engine Award, and the Young Professionals Award.
Although Middle Market Growth is seeking operating companies in four of the categories, applicants are encouraged to highlight the contributions of private equity investors, M&A advisers, accountants, attorneys and other partners. If your firm serves middle-market companies, encourage them to apply and showcase how you’ve supported their growth, innovation, job creation (or retention) and workplace culture.
Finalists in all categories will be featured in a spring edition of Middle Market Growth and honored at ACG’s InterGrowth conference on April 26-28, 2021.