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Nominations for the Columbus Chamber’s Small Business Leader Award are Now Open

October 15th, 2019

Finalists to be honored at Chamber Annual Meeting, Feb. 6

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Columbus Chamber of Commerce is now accepting nominations for its 2019 Small Business Leader Award. The Small Business Leader Award is well-known and respected in the Columbus community for recognizing a diverse range of qualities such as leadership, business excellence and contributions to the community.

“For over thirty years, the Chamber has honored our region’s most prominent small business leaders for their innovation and strategic advances within their organizations,” said Don DePerro, president and CEO of the Columbus Chamber. “The Chamber’s Small Business Leader Award is our way of highlighting the impressive small business leaders who are paving the foundation for our Region’s success.”

Nominations can be made through the Chamber’s website and are accepted through October 25. Applications will be distributed to nominees October 28 and will close November 11. Finalists for the award will be announced in early December after an extensive vetting process by a committee of judges.

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.

All award finalists will be recognized at the Chamber’s Annual Meeting on February 6 and the Small Business Leader Award recipient will accept their award on stage at the event.

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

Registration for the Chamber’s 2020 Annual Meeting will open soon. Be sure to visit for updated information.


 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.