Columbus Chamber Announces New Small Business Leader Award Categories, Call for Nominations

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Revamped award categories for the Small Business Forum & Leader Awards include focus on sustainability, innovation, diversity, startups, young professionals.

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Small businesses are really at the heart of the Columbus Region’s economy, totaling 40,000 businesses strong and making up approximately 95 percent of the Chamber’s membership.

The Columbus Chamber is now accepting nominations for its 2011 Small Business Forum & Leader Awards, scheduled for November 15. The deadline to submit nominations for the new categories is 5 p.m. July 21.

“Small businesses are really at the heart of the Columbus Region’s economy, totaling 40,000 businesses strong and making up approximately 95 percent of the Chamber’s membership,” said Michael Dalby, president and CEO of the Columbus Chamber. “The Small Business Leader Awards allow us to recognize both individuals and businesses for the passion and achievements that help to keep the economy running in central Ohio.”

According to the Small Business Administration, a small business is considered to have fewer than 500 employees.

The Chamber and its Small Business Council have been recognizing local businesses since 1984, but this year’s award categories have been revamped to provide new opportunities for recognition. The new categories are:

EcoBusiness – recognizing a local business leader who promotes sustainability in business practices and the environment

Adapt and Innovate – honoring a business leader who achieves success in spite of challenges

Diversity Leadership – recognizing a minority or woman-owned business leader that has made a direct impact on the marketplace and promotes inclusion in the workplace as well as within the community

Emerging Excellence – acknowledging a leader or leaders of a startup business gaining prominence within the region

Young Professional Leadership – recognizing a young, local business professional already making a considerable contribution within the region

Nominations will be collected online through July 21. Finalists will be announced in October, and recipients will be recognized at the Small Business Forum & Leader Awards on November 15.

For more information about the event and the nomination categories, visit http://www.columbus.org/sbfla.

The Columbus Chamber, with nearly 2,500 area businesses and organizations, supports businesses in the eight-county Columbus Region by serving as their business partner.

The Small Business Forum & Leader Awards are produced by the Columbus Chamber and presented by Commerce National Bank. Partners include Anthem, Bartha, CareWorks, CareWorks Consultants, Inc., Columbus Business First, the Columbus Crew, FASTSIGNS Westerville, Integrys Energy Services, Ohio Environmental Council, OhioHealth, Rosati Windows, Spinelli’s Deli, WMNI-AM 920, WRKZ-FM the Blitz 99.7, and WTDA-FM Classic Hits 103.9.

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