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Columbus Chamber of Commerce Names 2022 Small Business Leader Award Finalists

March 4th, 2022

Three Central Ohio business leaders to be honored at Chamber Annual Meeting, March 31

The Columbus Chamber of Commerce has named three finalists for its 2022 Small Business Leader Award presented by First Merchants Bank.

The award recipient will be announced and honored at the Columbus Chamber’s Annual Meeting, AMPLIFY, presented by The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, on March 31.

The Small Business Leader Award is well-known and respected in the Columbus community for recognizing qualities like leadership, business excellence, and contributions to the community and has honored small business leaders for over thirty years.

The 2022 finalists include:

Bill Balderaz, Futurety
Crystal Hughey, Corporate Cleaning, Inc.
Peter Coratola, EASE Logistics

Each finalist was selected following an extensive vetting process by a committee of judges who consider a competitive set of criteria.

In addition to honoring the Small Business Leader Award and Columbus Award recipients, the Chamber’s Annual Meeting will feature keynote presentations from Kenny McDonald, David Staley, Eric Pennington, and Tom Grote. Registration information for this year’s event can be found at

The Chamber would like to thank the following partners for their support of Amplify:

The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center | First Merchants Bank | Huntington Bank | Columbia Gas of Ohio | City of Columbus | Columbus State Community College | M+A Architects | USI | Calfee | Medical Mutual | Sedgwick | Sedgwick MCO | Live Technologies | LocaliQ | Sheetz | Wexner Center for the Arts | Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea

Current as of 3/4/2022


About the Columbus Chamber
The Columbus Chamber of Commerce is a mission-driven nonprofit organization serving over 2,100 organizations throughout Central Ohio. The Chamber, founded in 1884, is committed to advancing a thriving Columbus Region and provides support in the areas of research, government affairs, marketing, education and workforce development.

About the Annual Meeting
The Columbus Chamber’s Annual Meeting is Central Ohio’s premiere event for the business community. Presenters include leaders from the Columbus Region’s leading companies each year, and the program honors innovation and service with the Columbus Award and Small Business Leader Award.