The Sterling Manufacturing Business Excellence Award

Sterling Manufacturing Business Excellence Award

December 21, 2023 

By Dione Geiger, President

The Sterling Manufacturing Business Excellence (SMBE) Award process focuses on manufacturing performance excellence. Manufacturers are interviewed and evaluated by expert teams of individuals from the manufacturing and Sterling communities who contribute time, expertise, and diverse perspectives in company evaluations.

The purposes of this award process are to:

  • Recognize high-performing manufacturing companies.
  • Provide opportunities for organizational learning and development.
  • Promote and elevate participating manufacturers and the entire manufacturing sector.

The process begins with the nominations of manufacturers. All manufacturers with production facilities in Florida or Georgia who have yet to win the SMBE Gold Level award in 2022 or 2023 are eligible to participate. The nominee doesn’t need to be a member of any association. A nomination may be made by any individual or organization, including any industry group, supplier, customer, workforce or economic development organization, University/College/School, or government agency. Self-nominations are acceptable.

Benefits include thorough feedback regarding strengths and opportunities for business improvement, as well as company exposure and promotion in the community.

To nominate, use the online Nomination Form or email Please include your contact information and the nominee company’s name and contact information. No nomination write-ups are required.

Nominations for the 2024 SMBE Awards close on January 9, 2024. For more details, visit: