Rules and Regulations
- Nominees must be located in the National Capital Region.
- Nominees must truthfully answer all questions.
- Nominees must agree to due diligence by the judges. In exceptional circumstances, diligence will include an interview and confidential financial questions.
- Eligibility allowing, businesses may be nominated in multiple categories.
- Government departments, public sector agencies and non-profit groups are ineligible for the Best Ottawa Business (BOBs).
- Crown corporations structured as independent businesses, operating separate from government, with boards of directors holding management teams accountable for maximizing profit, encouraging innovation and managing the organization in a business-like manner in every way, are eligible for the Best Ottawa Business (BOBs).
- An eligible business is a commercial enterprise employing people to provide goods or services for financial and commercial gain.
- The Deals of the Year, Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient and CEO of the Year recipients will be publicly announced one month before the gala.
- The award recipients for nomination-based categories will be informed of their successful nomination in mid-October; while the recipients might be mentioned in marketing of the event, the exact details of their awards will not be publicly promoted; example: "Come celebrate great companies at the BOBs such as ACME Corp." but not "ACME Corp. is a Outstanding Company recipient."
- The Newsmaker of the Year recipient will remain confidential until the evening of the gala.