What are the Arcus Awards?

The Arcus Awards are presented to companies,  organizations and institutions that demonstrate exceptional commitment to leading the St. Louis region’s authentic economic strengths and championing a better tomorrow for our region. These awards recognize companies and organizations that make the St. Louis region the best place to live, work and invest.

The 5th Annual Arcus Awards, will be held on Thursday evening, March 1, 2018 at the Marriott St. Louis Grand. The Arcus Awards align with the St. Louis Regional Chamber’s One Plan: a clear and comprehensive strategy adopted by a broad community of leaders united for economic prosperity throughout the entire St. Louis bi-state region. Our aspiration is for the St. Louis region to be one of the Top 10 U.S. regions in prosperity by 2025 as measured by selected economic indicators. Our one purpose is to inspire a greater St. Louis. Together, we will make St. Louis a more attractive place for people to live, work and invest.

Company finalists for each of the award categories will be announced in advance of the event, and the winners of each of the awards will be announced live on March 1.

 

What are the awards for which I can nominate a company?
  • Ameren Corporate Citizenship Award
  • BMO Harris Bank St. Louis Spirit Award
  • Arcus Award for Achievement in Biosciences
  • Arcus Award for Achievement in Financial Services
  • Arcus Award for Achievement in Health
  • Arcus Award for Achievement in Logistics
  • Arcus Award for Achievement in Educational Attainment
  • Arcus Award for Achievement in Entrepreneurship & Innovation
  • Arcus Award for Achievement in Inclusion & Talent Attraction
  • Arcus Award for Achievement in Public Policy
What are the eligibility requirements?

For-profit businesses, start-ups, higher education institutions, non-profit organizations, and public entities are eligible for an Arcus Award nomination. However, a nominee must satisfy the following general eligibility criteria:

  • Complete the online nomination form at www.arcusawards.com. Self-nominations or nominations by others are both acceptable and encouraged.
  • Maintain a headquarters or substantial operations in the St. Louis metropolitan statistical area, which includes the following Illinois and Missouri counties:
    • Illinois counties: Bond, Calhoun, Clinton, Jersey, Madison, Macoupin, Monroe and St. Clair.
    • Missouri counties: Franklin, Jefferson, Lincoln, St. Charles, St. Louis City, St. Louis County and Warren County
  • A nominee does not need to be a current member of the St. Louis Regional Chamber.
What are the criteria for the awards?

Awards will be given out for exceptional leadership across these award categories:

The Ameren Corporate Citizenship Award honors a company, organization or institution for enhancing the quality of life and making positive changes that impact St. Louisans across the social, cultural and economic spectrum through philanthropic giving, community involvement by employees, and/or partnerships with state and local governments.

The BMO Harris Bank St. Louis Spirit Award honors a company, organization or institution for risk-taking, advancing an innovation, cutting-edge technology, or industry best practice that extends St. Louis’ rich history and global reputation as a hub of innovation and forward-looking vision.

The Arcus Award for Achievement in Biosciences honors a company, organization or institution for creating an innovative product or service; achieving revenue or employment growth; raising investment capital; designing or constructing a significant building or infrastructure project; and/or providing other leadership to champion the bi-state St. Louis region’s world-class excellence in biosciences. For this award, the definition of biosciences includes companies, organizations or institutions that develop or sell products or services in diverse niches such as animal or human pharmaceuticals, plant science, medical science, medical devices and diagnostic products, and related disciplines.

The Arcus Award for Achievement in Financial Services honors a company, organization or institution for creating an innovative product or service; achieving revenue or employment growth; raising investment capital; designing or constructing a significant building or infrastructure project; and/or providing other leadership to champion the bi-state St. Louis region’s world-class excellence in financial services. For this award, the definition of financial services includes companies, organizations or institutions that develop or sell products or services in diverse niches such as banking, payment systems, securities, insurance and financial products, data processing, data hosting, software development, and related services and disciplines.

The Arcus Award for Achievement in Health honors a company, organization or institution for creating an innovative product or service; achieving revenue or employment growth; raising investment capital; designing or constructing a significant building or infrastructure project; and/or providing other leadership to champion the bi-state St. Louis region’s world-class excellence in the health economy. For this award, the definition of health includes companies, organizations or institutions that develop or sell products or services in diverse niches such as hospital or ambulatory health care services, nursing and residential care, medical equipment manufacturing or distribution, and related services and disciplines.

The Arcus Award for Achievement in Logistics will be presented to a company, organization or institution for creating an innovative product or service; achieving revenue or employment growth; raising investment capital; designing or constructing a significant building or infrastructure project; and/or providing other leadership to champion the bi-state St. Louis region’s world-class excellence in logistics and advanced manufacturing. For this award, the definition of logistics includes companies, organizations or institutions that develop or sell products or services that support the region's manufacturing, retail, and commodities distribution sectors with inbound and outbound shipments. Examples of companies in this sector include transportation providers, wholesale trade companies, logistics firms, warehousing, and advanced manufacturers that leverage logistics to compete in a global economy.

The Arcus Award for Achievement in Educational Attainment honors a company, organization or institution for providing leadership through the creation of a program or initiative that promotes college degree attainment, improved educational outcomes or on-the-job training.

The Arcus Award for Achievement in Entrepreneurship & Innovation honors a company, organization or institution for providing leadership through the launch or growth of a start-up company, contributions to forming early-stage capital, or supporting entrepreneurship training.

The Arcus Award for Achievement Inclusion & Talent Attraction honors a company, organization or institution for providing leadership through the creation of a program or initiative that promotes a diverse and global workforce and increases opportunities for individuals and businesses.

The Arcus Award for Achievement Public Policy honors a company, organization or institution for providing leadership through the creation of a program or initiative that unites the public and private sectors to advance and secure policy necessary to make St. Louis a better place to live, work and invest. Examples of leadership in public policy may include coalitions or initiatives that reduce crime and increase public safety; create true equality for economic opportunity; strengthen connectivity within our region and to the rest of the world; attract, cultivate and retain talent; and bring about good government. 

How will winners for each award be selected?

Winners will be selected by an independent panel of judges who are not employees of the St. Louis Regional Chamber.

What are the benefits of being an Arcus Award finalist or winner?

There are many benefits of being an Arcus Award finalist or winner, including:

  • Recognition from the business and civic community for excellence in award category.
  • Arcus Award winners receive one-of-a-kind work of art
  • Featured on finalists' video in front of 1,000 business leaders during Arcus Awards event.
  • Exclusive invitation to network with Arcus Awards finalists and top St. Louis regional business leaders at a reception hosted by RubinBrown LLP.
  • Highlighted in special edition of the St. Louis Business Journal.
  • Highlighted on finalist page on Arcus Awards website.
  • Positive media coverage of Arcus Award selection by St. Louis Regional Chamber and media partners.
    Who can nominate?

    Anyone can nominate a company for an Arcus Award. Companies can self-nominate.

    Can a company be nominated for more than one Arcus Award?

    Yes. A company can be nominated for multiple awards; however, a separate online application must be completed for each award category.

    When are nominations due?

    November 27, 2017

    What are other key dates for the 5th Annual Arcus Awards

    November 27, 2017 - NOMINATIONS DUE

    Arcus Awards Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)