2025 German American Business Awards

2025 German American Business Awards

Welcome to the 2025 German American Business Awards, presented annually by the German American Chambers of Commerce (AHK USA). The awards recognize the pinnacle of achievement within the German American business community, celebrating our collective success and highlighting our ongoing commitment to a flourishing future. This year again, we look forward to honor outstanding achievements across five categories: Excellence in Community Engagement, Excellence in Economic Development, Excellence in Innovation, Excellence in Services, and the Coolest German Thing Made in the USA (People’s Choice Award).

 

Who is eligible to participate?

The awards are open to applications and nominations from companies that are current members of GACC Midwest, GACC New York, or GACC South. Companies are welcome to apply or be nominated for multiple categories, although previous winners must wait two years before reapplying for the same category. We invite you to showcase your contributions and achievements in fostering German-American business relations.

Entrants should note that a representative from the winning company must attend the awards ceremony on Friday, February 28th, 2025 in Orlando, FL. 

 

Key Dates and Deadlines:

  • June 3: Application opens (Runs for 60 days)
  • August 4: Application closes
  • August 12 - September 3: People's Choice Award decision period
  • February 28, 2025: Award Dinner Night, where winners will be announced and must send a representative to accept their award in person

Award Applications Details + Forms

  • Excellence in Community Engagement
  • Excellence in Economic Development
  • Excellence in Innovation
  • Excellence in Services
  • Coolest German Thing Made in the USA (People’s Choice Award)

Excellence in Community Engagement

As an organization promoting, fostering, and celebrating German American business, we are eager to recognize member companies that have demonstrated outstanding excellence in engaging with and positively impacting their communities.

By applying for the Excellence in Community Engagement Award, your company will have the chance to share your compelling story of community involvement and highlight the profound impact your company has made. Whether through philanthropic initiatives, employee volunteerism, or innovative ventures, projects, technologies and more, we are eager to learn about the unique ways in which your company has contributed to the betterment of your community.

We believe that businesses play a vital role in driving community growth and fostering engagement. GACCs aim to honor the remarkable achievements of companies that have made a significant difference in their communities while maintaining the highest standards of professionalism.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: August 4th, 2024

Application Form

Excellence in Economic Development

Are you eager to showcase your company's dedication to fostering German investment in your area? We are thrilled to recognize member companies for their remarkable accomplishment(s) and story through the GACCs' Excellence in Economic Development award.

By applying for this award, your company will have the opportunity to share your unique story of commitment towards strengthening German investment in your region.

We want to hear about the innovative strategies and initiatives you have implemented, the partnerships you have forges, and the support you have provided to local businesses in attracting and facilitating German investment.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: August 4th, 2024

Application Form

Excellence in Innovation

Innovation lies at the core of progress, propelling industries forward and revolutionizing the way we live and work.

We are searching for pioneers, forward-thinkers, and visionaries who have harnessed the power of innovation to shape their industries and  make a lasting impact. Whether you have spearheaded groundbreaking products, devised innovation business models, or implemented cutting edge strategies, we want to hear your story.

The Excellence in Innovation Award is a testament to our commitment to fostering, recognizing, and celebrating a culture of innovation. By applying for this prestigious award, you have the opportunity to showcase your transformative initiatives  and  gain well-deserved recognition among industry leaders, influencers, and peers.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: August 4th, 2024

Application Form

Excellence in Services

Calling all service providers! Is your organization going above and beyond to offer services of significant value to the German American business community? We invite all member companies to share your company's remarkable story. Shed light on the unique qualities that distinguish your company from its competitors.

We are seeking service providers who consistently go the extra mile, exceeding expectations and delivering services of immense value to their clients.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: August 4th, 2024

Application Form

Coolest German Thing Made in the USA (People’s Choice Award)

The GACCs are lucky to have companies like yours that create incredible and iconic products, but which is the coolest? The possibilities are endless and of course, all insanely cool.

The Coolest German Thing Made in the US Award highlights the development and production of unique German products made in the US. This is your chance to share your company's extraordinary accomplishments with the world!

APPLICATION DEADLINE: August 4th, 2024

Public voting will start on June 3rd, 2024

Application Form