Columbus Chamber Announces 2010 Small Business Leader Award Finalists

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Small Business Forum & Leader Awards to Take Place Nov. 9th.

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The Columbus Chamber and its Small Business Council today announced the slate of finalists for the 2010 Small Business Leader Awards.

For more than 25 years, the Small Business Leader Awards have celebrated the best of the best—an elite group of business owners and entrepreneurs representing some of the most successful businesses in the Columbus region.

The 2010 Small Business Leader Awards finalists include:

Category: Under $1 million in revenues:

  • Steve Hartono, founder, eSolutech; Andi Sie, founder, eSolutech
  • Mike Figliuolo, managing director, thoughtLEADERS, LLC

Category: Over $1 million in revenues:

  • Ron Stokes, president, Three Leaf Productions; Lavita Stokes, vice president, Three Leaf Productions; Mark Hall, vice president, Three Leaf Productions
  • Jeff Burt, Co-Owner, Eclipse Corp.
  • Stephanie Leader, president & CEO,
  • Richard Schuen, CEO & principal/Columbus, Colliers International/Greater Columbus Region
  • Mark Pukita, chief operating officer, Fast Switch, LTD.

Finalists will be profiled in the coming weeks on the Columbus Chamber blog.

Recipients will be announced at the Small Business Forum & Leader Awards, Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2010 at the Renaissance Columbus Downtown Hotel, 50 N. 3rd St.

Forum to Feature 20+ Educational Workshops

Byron Stripling, artistic director of the Columbus Jazz Orchestra and trumpet virtuoso, will kick off the Forum with an inspiring keynote presentation. Following Stripling’s address, attendees will break-out for a series of educational sessions. The sessions are designed with small businesses in mind, with industry experts presenting on business-critical topics including business growth, funding & finance, human resources, legal & regulatory, marketing & public relations, organizational leadership, and sustainability.

To register and find details about forum tracks, sessions and presenters, visit

About The Small Business Forum & Leader Awards:

The Small Business Forum & Leader Awards are Presented by Commerce National Bank, Presenting Partner Columbus Business First, and Honorary Chair Mike Rosati of Rosati Windows. Leaders include Alterra Real Estate Advisors, Integrys Energy, Sequent, TechSolve, and FASTSIGNS. Patrons include Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP, Columbia Gas of Ohio, Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP, State Auto Insurance Companies, Wells Fargo Insurance Services, and Spinelli's Deli. Additional support is provided by Columbus Chamber Partners Anthem, CareWorks Consultants Inc., and the Columbus Crew, and with media promotion provided by Bartha Audio Visual, 99.7 the Blitz, Classic Hits 103.9, and WMNI AM.

Breakout sponsors include, Clark, Schaefer, Hackett & Co., King Business Interiors Inc., OhioHealth, Oxford Consulting, and Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company of Columbus. Council Patrons include Fahlgren, Inc., Invergarry Partners, Kohr, Royer, Griffith (URG), and Portfolio Creative.

About the Columbus Chamber:

The Columbus Chamber, with 2,500 members, leads and supports economic growth and development in the Columbus region. Learn more about Columbus at


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