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ABBY Awards Program
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The ABBY Awards Program

The first ABBY Awards were presented in 1995. The awards are designed to salute and enhance the image of the Aberdeen business community by recognizing outstanding business performance, excellent business practices, and local customer satisfaction within the community.  All awards, other than the People's Choice, are judged outside of the community by Chamber and Economic Development professionals from across the United States. All winners remain confidential until the awards ceremony.

The Chamber Diplomats facilitate the awards banquet which was held on Thursday, September 15th at the Dakota Event Center of Aberdeen.

2016 winners included:

  • TN Tax Business Services – Agribusiness
  • Sanford Aberdeen Medical Center – Bridge Builder
  • The Teacher's Pet – Customer Service - Retail
  • Aberdeen Federal Credit Union – Customer Service - Service
  • Northern Valley Communications – Community Involvement - Business
  • Sertoma Club – Community Involvement – Non-Profit
  • Lutheran Social Services – Health and Wellness
  • Molded Fiber Glass South Dakota – Manufacturing
  • Dakota Broadcasting – Professional Services
  • Great Plains Outdoorsmen – The People’s Choice

 
ABBY Awards are presented in the following categories:

  • Agribusiness Award: Exceptional performance in the development of agriculture in South Dakota or which relates to the agribusiness sector, including farming and ranching enterprises.
  • Bridge Builder Award: Exceptional performance in the implementation of programs to enhance the workforce including internships, mentorships, apprenticeships, job shadowing, etc.
  • Community Involvement—Business: Exceptional performance in its support of arts and culture, sports, education, voluntary groups, and/or community service.
  • Community Involvement - Not For Profit: A non-profit organization which demonstrates exceptional performance in its support of the community through arts and culture, sports, education, voluntary groups, and/or community service.
  • Customer Service - Retail: Exceptional performance in providing retail services (wholesale and retail trade, purchasing and distribution, transportation, professional services, communications, financial, etc.)
  • Customer Service - Service: Exceptional performance in providing services (wholesale and retail trade, purchasing and distribution, transportation, professional services, communications, financial, etc.)
  • Health and Wellness: Exceptional performance in providing healthcare services to the community; or a business/organization that internally encourages health/wellness of company through employee programs.
  • Manufacturing: Exceptional performance in producing manufactured goods. Judging considers the relative size and particular conditions of the business, and the usual evaluation criteria of profitability, growth, and stability.
  • Professional Services: Exceptional performance in providing a service. Judging considers the relative size and particular conditions of the business, as well as criteria of profitability, growth, and stability.
  • People's Choice: A business or organization that demonstrates exceptional performance in its support of the community and increases community pride through their efforts. All applicants who apply for an ABBY award in any category are eligible for this award.