Columbus Chamber Small Business Leader Award
At the Columbus Chamber, small businesses are the core of our membership and an integral part of the Columbus business community. That’s why we honor the leaders of those businesses every year with our Small Business Leader Award, presented at our Chamber Annual Meeting.
The Small Business Leader Award honors any owner, founder, president, managing partner or CEO whose business exemplifies success through increased sales, number of employees and contributions to the community. Anyone is free to nominate a small business leader, and nominations are simple – complete our short nomination form to get started.
Nominations for the 2022 Small Business Leader Awards are now closed.
To be eligible for the Small Business Leader Award, the following criteria must be met:
- Must be a Columbus Chamber member in good standing.
- Must be the CEO, founder, president or managing partner of the company. Note: You may nominate up to four persons who jointly own and operate the business.
- Must have been in operation for at least three consecutive years.
- Must be a for-profit company.
- Small businesses are defined as those having 500 or fewer employees.
The Columbus Chamber has highlighted our small business community’s leaders for over 30 years.
For more information, contact Lorie Holt at LorieHolt@Columbus.org.
Small Business Leader Award Hall of Fame
The Columbus Chamber has honored Small Business Leaders for over thirty years. These leaders rise above the rest and have substantiated success and leadership, increased sales, workforce and contributions to the community. These are the elite, the best of the best.
2022 Bill Balderaz, Futurety
2021 Greg Guy, Air Force One
2020 Rachel Friedman, TENFOLD
2019 Lori Kaiser, Kaiser Consulting
2018 Greg Ubert, Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea
2017 Tom Harris, CGI and Dwight Smith, SSI
2016 Leo Ruberto, Feazel
2015 Mohan Viddam and Sanjay Dudaney, Halcyon Solutions
2014 Neil Mortine, Fahlgren Mortine, Small Business Award of Excellence; Caroline Z. Worley, Worley Law, LLC, Small Business Leader Award
2012 Pamela Springer, Manta, Adapt & Innovate Award; Otto Beatty, III, Brian Brooks, E. E. Ward Moving & Storage Co. LLC, Diversity Leadership Award; Debra Jasper, Ph.D., LLC, Betsy Hubbard, Mindset Digital, LLC, Emerging Excellence Award; Michelle Galligan, ViaVero Consulting, Young Professional Leadership Award
2011 Farah B. Majidzadeh, Resource International, Inc., Diversity Leadership; Christopher Irion, e-Cycle LLC, EcoBusiness; Derek Grosso,Columbus Young Professionals Club, LLC, Young Professional Leadership; Kristen Harris & Catherine Lang-Cline, Portfolio Creative, Adapt & Innovate; Jim Lane, GBQ Redbank Advisors, Emerging Excellence
2010 Mike Figliuolo, thoughtLEADERS, Under $1 Million; Ron Stokes, Mark Hall and Lavita Stokes, Three Leaf Production, Over $1 Million; Stephanie Leader, Leaderpromos.com, Over $5 Million
2009 Bill Balderaz, Webbed Marketing, Over $1 Million; Kamal Boulos, The Refectory Restaurant and Bistro, Over $1 Million; Dan Bashore, John Killacky and Jerry Spencer, Bartha Audio Visual, Over $5 Million; Tom Hastings, Computer Site Columbus, Community Philanthropist
2008 Michelle Adams, Prism Marketing Communications, Under $1 Million; Alan Homewood, 2Checkout.com, OVER $1 Million
2007 Joe Sanda, Astute Solutions
2006 Mike Schmitt, Steve Schmitt, Mark Schmitt and J.T. Schmitt, Jet Container
2005 Mike Rosati, Rosati Windows
2004 Ty Vincent, Vincent Direct, LLC
2003 Janis Mitchell, Info Fortress Solutions, Inc.
2002 Emmet Apolinario, Caspian Software
2001 Craig Wanner, Wanner Metal Worx
2000 Rhonda J. DeMuth, TDCI Consulting, LLC
1999 Paula Inniss, Ohio Full Court Press
1998 Cameron Mitchell, Cameron Mitchell Restaurants
1997 Ross Youngs, Univenture, Inc.
1996 Mark Swepston, Atlas Butler Heating & Cooling
1995 Barb Markin, Golden Touch Demos/MNE Marketing
1994 Larry Levine, Impulse Wear
1993 Vernon L. Gibson, Dove Building Services, Inc.
1992 Jeffrey and Richard Roby, Storytime Learning Centers, Inc.
1991 Ken Mills and Cameron James, Mills/James Productions
1990 Sue Doody, Lindey’s
1989 Randy Wilcox, Inacomp
1988 Michael Wren, M.E. Engineering
1987 Larry H. Greenwald, Plantasia, Offshoots
1986 Lisa Galat McGivergin, The Clock Restaurant
1985 Lloyd Hackman, Ribbon Technology Corp.