ABOUT THE BUSINESS GROWTH AWARDS PROGRAM:
The Business Growth Awards recognize and honor businesses from our seven-county region that have achieved superior growth in sales and/or employment over the past five years.* In light of COVID-19, our judging panel will take special consideration this year as it relates to the measure of growth post-pandemic in 2021.  Companies who managed to persevere and achieve any growth during this uniquely challenging time are encouraged to apply.

*Business must be located in Summit, Medina, Stark, Portage, Wayne, Ashland or Holmes counties to participate.

Each qualifying nominee will be recognized for his or her company's success in one of three categories: Service, Manufacturing or Technology
Specialty awards will be presented within each category for: Highest Sales Growth, Greatest Employee Growth, and Best Overall Success Story.

The Entrepreneurial Spirit Award: Presented to a local business leader who best exemplifies entrepreneurship by leading a dynamic, growing organization and inspiring others through innovative business practices.

The Huntington Legacy Award: This prestigious honor will be presented to a business organization that has demonstrated the greatest economic impact within its region and has previously won a minimum of four Business Growth Awards.

Hard Work Award: This will be a specialty category award, separate from the Business Growth Award. Nominees will not be awarded a Business Growth Award, and only eligible for one of the three category awards:

1. Innovation: One honoree that best demonstrates innovation during the COVID-19 crisis situation as it relates to creating new programs, services, and/or connecting to clients and/or the community.
2. Development: One honoree in the nonprofit realm that best demonstrates the ability to develop new revenue opportunities in response to restrictions on holding large traditional fundraising efforts/initiatives.
3. Best Overall Story: One honoree with the most compelling story of what they've done, how they've done it, and the overall impact of these efforts on the community and/or specific group of people during the COVID-19 crisis.

Winners will be notified in September and formally honored at the Business Growth Awards on October 18, 2022 at John S. Knight Center.

For more information, please contact Suzi Linn at (330) 606-9476 or slinn@sbnonline.com.




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ABOUT THE SMART 50 PROGRAM:
Who are the executives leading the smartest 50 organizations in Northeast Ohio? The Corporate College Smart 50 Awards, presented by Smart Business, will recognize the top executives of the smartest companies in the region for their ability to effectively build and lead savvy organizations.
All 50 winners will be honored as the Class of 2022 at a special celebration on November 9, 2022. All honorees will be asked to attend a special judging session in October to be interviewed by the judges and make their best pitch for one of three specialty awards that will be awarded for outstanding innovation, impact and sustainability. Nominations will be accepted through September 9, 2022.

ELIGIBILITY:
Eligible Smart 50 nominees must be a top executive of an organization with a physical office in the Northeast Ohio region. Specialty award winners will be recognized for Innovation, Impact, and Sustainability.

NOMINATION INSTRUCTIONS:
Complete all the information on the nomination form.
SECTION ONE: Provide basic contact information about the person who begins the nomination process. This individual will likely represent the nominated company or individual or be familiar with its operations.
SECTION TWO: Provide basic information about the person being nominated, including company size and industry.
SECTION THREE: Explain why your Nominee should be recognized with a Smart 50 award. Provide a brief description that includes the "what," "how," and "why" to support the nomination. Essays can be as short as a single paragraph or as long as necessary to fully explain to the judges the merit of your Nominee. Please keep in mind that the more specific detail provided to the judges, the greater the opportunity your Nominee will have to be recognized. Be sure to designate in which category (or categories) you would like the Nominee to be considered for the specialty award.

For more information, please contact Suzi Linn at slinn@sbnonline.com or (330) 606-9476.


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ABOUT THE SMART 50 PROGRAM:
Who are the executives leading the smartest 50 organizations in Pittsburgh? The Smart 50 Awards, presented by Smart Business, will recognize the top executives of the smartest companies in the region for their ability to effectively build and lead savvy organizations.

All 50 winners will be honored as the Class of 2022 at a special celebration in November at The Duquesne Club. All honorees will be asked to attend a special judging session in October to be interviewed by the judges and make their best pitch for one of three specialty awards that will be awarded for outstanding innovation, impact, and sustainability. Nominations will be accepted through Friday, September 2nd!

ELIGIBILITY:
Eligible Smart 50 nominees must be a top executive of an organization with a physical office in the Pittsburgh region. Specialty award winners will be recognized for Innovation, Impact, and Sustainability.

NOMINATION INSTRUCTIONS:
Complete all the information on the nomination form.

SECTION ONE: Provide basic contact information about the person who begins the nomination process. This individual will likely represent the nominated company or individual or be familiar with its operations.

SECTION TWO: Provide basic information about the person being nominated, including company size and industry.

SECTION THREE: Explain why your Nominee should be recognized with a Smart 50 award. Provide a brief description that includes the "what," "how," and "why" to support the nomination. Essays can be as short as a single paragraph or as long as necessary to fully explain to the judges the merit of your Nominee. Please keep in mind that the more specific detail provided to the judges, the greater the opportunity your Nominee will have to be recognized. Be sure to designate in which category (or categories) you would like the Nominee to be considered for the specialty award.

For more information, please contact Meredith Rankin at mrankin@sbnonline.com or 419.689.9357. Nominations are due by Friday, September 2nd.