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    February 19, 2013

    Apply now for the 2013 Small Business Excellence Awards

    Small Business Excellence Awards 2012
    28,000 net new jobs came to Cincinnati USA in 2012—and small businesses helped create more than half of them. Honor the job creators, problem solvers, and service providers by nominating them for the 2013 Small Business Excellence Awards.

    Applications will be accepted for the Awards until March 15. Take this opportunity to compete for recognition that garners greater awareness of your organization's success. Nominate a worthy company—including your own—to acknowledge all the contributions small businesses bring to Cincinnati USA.

    Small businesses play a critical role in the economic well-being of our region. Each generates economic growth, hiring of workers and the creation of innovative products and services that ultimately make Cincinnati USA more competitive in an increasingly global economy.

    Winners and runners-up will be chosen by a panel of examiners composed of business owners and advisers. Judges will base their choices upon a close examination of critical business success factors as listed in the application.

    Companies can apply for consideration in the following categories:

    • Emerging Business of the Year – must be in business three years or less
    • Nonprofit of the Year – 1-40 employees – must submit a 501c form
    • Nonprofit of the Year – 41-250 employees – must submit a 501c form
    • Small Business of the Year – 1-9 employees
    • Small Business of the Year – 10-50 employees
    • Small Business of the Year – 51-250 employees
    • Community Involvement Award – requires separate application

    An eligible company must be a Chamber member with less than 250 employees.

    Completed applications and all requirements must be returned to the Chamber by March 15, 2013.

    Read the guidelines and download application forms.

    For more information, contact Laurie Brinkman at 513.686.2945 or

    The Small Business Excellence Awards Event

    This year’s awards will be presented on Thursday, May 16, 2013, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., at the Millennium Hotel in downtown Cincinnati. In addition to the awards, the event will feature keynote speaker Clay Mathile, former CEO and owner of The Iams Company, and current Chairman of the Board of Aileron and CEO of The Mathile Institute for the Advancement of Human Nutrition®. 

    Register online or call the Customer Focus Center at 513.579.3111

    Presented by:


    Excellence Sponsors:

     Flynn & Co.      Humana      Time Warner Business Class 140x56


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