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    January 31, 2012

    Nominations open for Small Business Excellence Awards

    The Chamber is now accepting applications for its 2012 Small Business Excellence Awards. Here's your chance to nominate a worthy company—including your own—to acknowledge the contributions small businesses bring to Cincinnati USA. Application deadline is March 16, 2012.

    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 advisors. 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 two of the following categories:

    • Emerging Business of the Year – must be in business five years or less
    • Minority Business of the Year – must be a certified MBE
    • Nonprofit of the Year – must submit a 501© form
    • 10 Under 10 – 10 businesses with fewer than 10 employees
    • Small Business of the Year – 1 to 50 employees
    • Small Business of the Year – 51 to 250 employees
    • Community Involvement Award – requires separate application

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

    Completed applications and all requirements must be returned to the Chamber by March 16, 2012.

    For more information, contact Laurie Brinkman at 513.686.2945 or

    The Small Business Excellence Awards Event

    Wagner, JohnThis year’s awards will be presented on Thursday, May 10, 2012, 11:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m., at the Millennium Hotel in downtown Cincinnati. In addition to the awards, the event will feature keynote speaker Jay Woffington. global president, Possible Worldwide, a $100MM digital marketing agency of 1,000 employees in 20 offices in 10 countries including China, India, Kenya, Singapore, UK, Costa Rica, and Dubai.

    Register online now or call 513.579.3111.

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    PNC Bank

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