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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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