Nominations are open: Business First Manufacturing Awards

Dopkins is honored to return as a sponsor of the Business First of Buffalo Manufacturing Awards!   Nominations are due by Monday, February 19, 2024.

Business First’s 2024 Manufacturing Awards will honor companies making progress in important areas such as productivity, growth and innovation. A panel of independent judges will choose the winners.

You can nominate your company in several categories, including:

  • M/WBE Manufacturer of the Year
  • Community Involvement
  • Exporting
  • Family Run Manufacturing
  • General Excellence
  • Innovation
  • Operational Excellence
  • Sustainability
  • Women in Manufacturing
  • Workforce Innovation/Training

You can nominate your company in more than one category.

The Manufacturing Awards is the official May meeting of the BNMA as well!

Questions? Contact Donna Collins at

Frequently Asked Questions – Nominations

Why should I nominate a company?

This is an opportunity to share an inspiring story of business success with others. Manufacturers operate in a dimension that is usually unknown to most people. And conversely most people find the world of manufacturing to be interesting and intriguing,

Are self-nominations acceptable?

Absolutely. No one knows a company better than someone who works there.

How are the honorees chosen?

A panel of judges consisting of the Buffalo Business First editorial staff select the honorees based on the information on the nomination forms.

What makes for a well-done nomination?

Well-done nominations tell the story of a company’s path to success, obstacles to overcome and the impact on Western New York. The adage “show, don’t tell” applies here. Use concrete examples to explain how the company has become a showcase for the product produced and the employees who work there. Include specifics such as dates and percentage growth rates that substantiate the success of the company.

What do judges look for?

Explain your products and show how they’ve helped other businesses to prosper. Explain how new technology/equipment has changed the trajectory of the company. If your company is making zero landfill a priority, explain how operations have adapted to that.

How about a link to a website?

Sure. You can include a link to additional information if you want. The judges are not obligated to open the link, but it could prove useful if they have further questions or seek additional information.

DEADLINE EXTENDED!  Nominations are due by Monday, February 19th

To nominate your company, please click here.

the Manufacturing Awards are sponsored by:

  • Dopkins & Company, LLP
  • Buffalo Niagara Manufacturing Alliance
  • Erie County Industrial Development Agency


NEW – to nominate a company, Business First requests users log in with a password/username.

  • There is no charge for a nominating user account.  A paid subscription to Business First is not required.
  • The purpose of the login is to provide  users with the ability to save a nomination form as a work in progress if the need arises to leave the form and go back to it later.
  • The login account is required for any Business First nomination, not just the Manufacturing Awards.  (Other categories include 40 Under 40, Best Places to Work, Healthiest Employers, Who’s Who nominations, Fast Track Companies, etc.)

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