• Nominee must be based in New Jersey and a verified business or organization.
  • Nominee must display high standards of business practices.
  • All nominations must be submitted through the NJ Black Businesses website.
  • Nominee must be able to prove strong business performance and operational success.
  • Nominee can be profit or non-profit.
  • Nominee would have had to be in operations for at least 2 years prior to September 6, 2018 (unless being nominated for "Best New Business Award").



  • NJ Black Businesses will host our annual Best in Black Business Awards Gala on Saturday, December 1, 2018 in Morristown, NJ.
  • A panel of esteemed judges will select winners from nominations that were received by September 6, 2018.
  • Self-nominations will be accepted however, multiple nominations for an individual business from the same nomination submitter will not be accepted.



  • August 13, 2018 - Nomination period opens.
  • September 6, 2018 - Nomination period closes.
  • September 17, 2018 - Pre-sale tickets for Awards Gala go on sale.
  • October 8, 2018 - Tickets for Awards Gala go on sale.
  • Early October 2018, winners will be notified.