The Stevie Awards, organisers of The International Business Awards (IBA), has announced that the remaining schedule for its 2020 (17th annual) edition of the awards has been revised because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The International Business Awards are widely considered to be the world’s premier business awards competition. In 2019, the competition attracted more than 4000 nominations from organisations in more than 70 nations. “We assessed that it’s necessary to push the entry deadlines out a bit to provide more time to prepare and submit nominations to organisations that are effected by the pandemic,” Stevie Awards president Maggie Gallagher said.

Changes to the 2020 IBA calendar are that the entry deadline, originally scheduled for 13 May, is rescheduled to 24 June.  The late entry deadline, through which nominations are accepted with payment of a late fee, is being pushed to 28 July from 17 June. Judging by the juries of more than 250 professionals around the world now will begin in late June and continue through 31 August.

The announcement of the Gold, Silver, and Bronze Stevie Award winners, originally slated for 11 August, will now be made on 9 September. Finally, the 17th IBA awards gala, at which the Stevie winners will be celebrated, is still scheduled to be held in Paris, France on 24 October.

The 2020 IBAs will recognise achievements since the beginning of 2019 of organisations, teams and individuals in a wide variety of categories. Gallagher said that the IBAs feature more than 40 categories that do not require the payment of entry fees, including all 35 of the Company/Organization of the Year categories. She said there are many new and revised features of the IBAs for 2020, including nine new categories to recognise singular business achievements in areas such as business turnaround, finance, revenue generation, and science and technology, among others.

The Stevie Awards organisers have also announced the simplification of submission requirements in the Company/Organisation, Corporate Communications & Public Relations, Marketing, and New Product & Product Management category groups.

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