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The Pillar Award for Community Service was developed by Smart Business and Medical Mutual to honor businesses and individuals dedicated to making Northeast Ohio a better place to live. The program is designed to demonstrate the tie between the for-profit and nonprofit worlds and showcase best practices. It 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.

Nomination Deadline is September 13, 2024!

Nonprofit Board Executive of the Year Award: Honors contributions by for-profit business executives who serve on nonprofit boards.
Nonprofit Executive Director of the Year Award: Recognizes nonprofit executive directors who effectively apply for-profit business principles to their organizations.
Philanthropist of the Year Award: Recognizes an individual for their overall personal philanthropy.

Nominees must have a physical location in the 14-county region of Northeast Ohio (Ashland, Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Erie, Geauga, Huron, Lake, Lorain, Medina, Portage, Stark, Summit, Tuscarawas and Wayne) to be eligible for an award.

Complete all the information on the nomination form.
SECTION ONE: Provide basic contact information about the person submitting the nomination form.
SECTION TWO: Complete all information about the company and/or individual being nominated.
SECTION THREE: Explain why the Nominee should be recognized Nonprofit Board Executive of the Year Award, the Nonprofit Executive Director of the Year Award or the Philanthropist of the Year Award by answering the specific questions pertaining to the award. Keep in mind that the more specific detail provided to the judges, the greater the opportunity will have to be recognized.

Award recipients will be notified in October 2024 and invited to attend an awards gala in December. Honorees will also be featured in the December 2024 edition of Smart Business.

Nomination deadline is September 13, 2024!

For more information, contact Suzi Linn at 330.606.9476 or slinn@sbnonline.com

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