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    September 22, 2015

    Honor businesses & individuals dedicated to making Ohio a better place to live

    smart business pillar award There are few things more important than giving back to the community. That's why, in 1998, Smart Business and Medical Mutual developed The Pillar Award for Community Service to honor businesses and individuals dedicated to making the state of Ohio a better place to live. The Pillar program demonstrates the close tie between the for-profit and nonprofit worlds by showcasing best practices.

    The awards program seeks to:
    • Publicize the importance of community service issues, such as philanthropy and volunteerism.
    • Share creative ideas about how companies have a positive impact in their communities.
    • Honor companies and individuals who go beyond the minimum expectation of community service.
    • Build a sustaining fund which provides grants for local nonprofit organizations in their mission to serve the people of Ohio (The Pillar Fund)

    Smart Business is currently accepting nominations for the 2016 Pillar Award for Community Service, to take place at the Duke Energy Center on Thursday, January 14th. This year’s nomination deadline is Friday, October 2nd so act now if you know of a local individual or company (including your own) who is committed to giving back to the community and helping those in need. This special program also features categories that recognize Non-Profit Board Executives and Non-Profit Executive Directors so don’t miss this opportunity to shed light on all the great philanthropic work being done in the greater Cincinnati area.

    For more information about how you can nominate a deserving individual or company for a 2016 Pillar Award for Community Service, please contact Meredith Rankin at 440-250-7023 or

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