Chamber News

Columbus Chamber of Commerce Names Small Business Leader Award Finalists

January 3rd, 2020

Three Central Ohio business leaders to be honored at Chamber Annual Meeting, Feb. 6

The Columbus Chamber of Commerce will honor the 2020 recipient of the Small Business Leader Award presented by First Merchants Bank at its Annual Meeting, Level Up, Feb. 6. 

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 Columbus Chamber is proud to continue its support of the small business community at its 2020 Annual Meeting,” said Chamber President and CEO Don DePerro. 

“Our finalists have helped shape Columbus’ thriving business climate, which is powered by small businesses representing all industries. We are thrilled to recognize their passion, hard work, and success.” 

The 2020 finalists include: 

Rachel Friedman, TENFOLD

Brad Griffith, Buckeye Interactive 

Lynsey Jordan, Permit Solutions

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

All award finalists will be recognized at the Chamber’s Annual Meeting on February 6. The Small Business Leader Award recipient will be announced during the Level Up program and the winner will accept their award on stage. 

Past recipients can be viewed in the Small Business Leader Award Hall of Fame and include Cameron Mitchell, Dwight Smith and Lori Kaiser. 

The Chamber’s 2020 Annual Meeting will also feature keynote presentations from business leaders like Janelle Coleman, Dee Haslam and Brett Kaufman. A full line-up of this year’s event can be found at 

The Chamber would like to thank the following partners for this support of Level Up:

Presented by Battelle 

AEP | Huntington | Sedgwick | Sedgwick MCO | Cardinal Health | Columbia Gas | Local IQ
First Merchants Bank | Medical Mutual | City of Columbus | Heartland Bank
Live Technologies | Yarrington Studio | Lamar | Vorys | Berrien Media

Current as of 12/13/19


About the Columbus Chamber

The Columbus Chamber of Commerce is a mission-driven nonprofit organization serving over 2,000 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. The 2019 event drew more than 1,300 attendees from a myriad of industries.