North Carolina Awards for Excellence (NCAfE)

If your company faces challenges such as global organization, reducing costs, quality productivity, and product innovation, participating in the NCAfE program can provide invaluable feedback that indicates your company’s strengths and identifies areas for improvement.

Based upon the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the North Carolina Award for Excellence (NCAfE) embraces the same goal as quality management, achieving business excellence. It offers both a challenge and an opportunity for potential participants. NCAfE also contains the most rigorous criteria IES has available to assess and measure business performance. A four-tiered program, the NCAfE recognizes participation at defined levels including Involvement, Commitment, Advancement, and Leadership.

The program was initially formed in 1989 as a foundation through an executive order of the governor. It was transferred to the Industrial Extension Service (now Industry Expansion Solutions) at North Carolina State University in 2001. The first state award after the transfer to NCSU was presented in 2003. Through 2008, 55 organizations have received performance feedback and recognition since 1991 and 11 organizations have participated multiple times to obtain feedback as they continuously improve their performance.

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If you have questions about the NCAfE Program, please contact Beth Gargan.