December 6, 2024 | 9:00 – 11:30 a.m. | John C. Maxwell Leadership Center

Risk-takers. Problem solvers. The dreamers and the doers.

Not for the faint of heart, being a small business owner is a bold feat. Now, more than ever, it is critical that we celebrate those who are up to the challenge. The Small Business Awards does just that, by showcasing those that dare to start, sustain and succeed and the community that supports them.

Attend THE small business event of the year!

Enhance your exposure and support small business!

Nominate a best-in-class biz or an outstanding entrepreneur today!
Deadline – August 5


Community Contributor Award

This recognition pays tribute to an organization, that although small, makes a big difference in the lives of others. Nonprofits and for-profits alike can participate in this award.

Culture Creator Award

Creating a company culture is not just for large corporations. This small business is intentional by investing in the development and wellbeing of its employees.

Emerging Entrepreneur Award

These kudos will go to a young professional who is shaking up the small business space. Applicants must be under 40 years of age by November 1, 2024.

Founder Award

The recipient of this award started small but thought big. This top-tier recognition will pay tribute to an entrepreneur who has reached the pinnacle of prosperity.

Launch Award

This recognition will honor a business that began no more than two years ago. Its innovative approach ensures that it’s well on its way.

Minority-Owned Small Business Award

This recognition will be awarded to a business owned and operated by someone who is part of a minority group and excels in their industry.

Small Business Award

This small business is a standout organization. It exhibits excellence and best business practices.

By the Numbers
Three awards will be given in this category:

0 – 5 Employees
6 – 24 Employees
25+ Employees

Support System Award

The success of a small business is often dependent on the ecosystem that it is surrounded by. This designation honors an organization that strengthens the community’s small business environment.

Veteran-Owned Small Business Award

The winner of this designation is someone who has not only served our country but also exemplifies what it means to be a veteran-owned business owner, demonstrating pride in their service and entrepreneurship.

Women-Owned Small Business Award

This award specifically recognizes a business that is owned and operated by women. This award would focus on excellence and best business practices demonstrated by women entrepreneurs.


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How do I nominate an individual or organization?

Nominating is easy but not open right now. In the meantime, click here to check out the different award categories.

Who can submit a nomination?

Anyone! You can even nominate yourself.

Can and individual or organization be nominated for multiple awards?
Absolutely! You will need to submit a separate nomination for each award.
Are nominations confidential?
Yes, they are.
When is the nomination deadline?

August 5 at midnight.

How will nominees be notified?

They will be sent an email.

Is there an application process?
Yes, the notification will ask the nominee to complete a brief application.
When is the application deadline?

September 9 at midnight.

Is there a fee to apply?

There is no fee to apply.

What happens after an application has been submitted?

A confidential selections committee reviews and scores it.

Do I need to have multiple people nominate my organization?

No, one nomination is sufficient. Scoring is based on the application solely, not on the number of nominations.
Submit your quick application to be considered.

What criteria is scoring based from?

Scoring criteria directly aligns with the questions on the application.

How will finalists be notified?

All finalists will be notified by email.

Will there be any finalists?

Yes, based on scores from the selections committee finalists will be determined.

When will they be notified?

November 1.

When/where will winners be announced?

Winners will be unveiled at the Small Business Awards ceremony held on December 6 at the John C. Maxwell Leadership Center.

How do I register to attend?

Click here to register.

What is the attire?

Business professional.

Do I have to be a Chamber member to participate?

Although we would love to have you as a member, that is not what this event is about. We are excited to recognize our small business community, members and non-members alike. However, if you would like to take part in the valuable content and connections that membership provides, click here for more information.

Can I register onsite?

It is recommended that you register in advance to guarantee a seat.


Contact Maggie Toburen, Programs & Events Manager, with questions.

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