53rd Annual Small Business Awards 

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The Findlay•Hancock County Chamber of Commerce along with the Findlay Publishing Company will be spotlighting the men and women who, through their independent entrepreneurial spirit, play a vital role in building the community and the economy.  To be nominated is a reward in itself and a nomination serves as a great tribute to a company’s leadership and employees.  To formally recognize this significant achievement in business, please fill out the following information. All small business nominees and recipients will be recognized at the 2016 Small Business Awards Ceremony.  

Save the Date: 11 a.m.-1 p.m., October 20, 2016 at Winebrenner Theological Seminary

Let us know who you think is most deserving! 

Download nomination forms below:


Small Business Awards Nomination

Athena Award Nomination

Nonprofit Leader of the Year

Award Criteria:


First Federal Bank Small Business of the Year: Staying power – a substantiated history as an established business, growth in the number of employees, increase in sales, innovative product(s), overcoming adversity, and evidence of contributions by nominee to aid community-oriented projects.

The University of Findlay Small Business Person of the Year: For developing an outstanding, growing organization; innovative product(s), increasing jobs, increasing sales, overcoming adversity, and community contributions.

CompManagement Inc. (CMI) and CompManagement Health Systems (CHS) Family-Owned Small Business: A locally owned functioning business which has been passed from one generation to another with at least a 15-year track record; growth in the number of employees; increase in sales; contributions to the community; nominees must serve as a majority owner and operator; award is presented to the company.

Fifth Third Bank Downtown Champion of the Year: An individual, organization or business dedicating their time and efforts towards advancing the downtown community through their individual or organizational involvement.

The Companies of Tall Timbers Industrial Park Small Business Manufacturing Excellence of the Year: Staying power – a substantiated history as an established manufacturing business under the same ownership that started “small” then developed into a large business, growth in the number of employees, increase in sales, creative overseas marketing strategies, and evidence of contributions by nominee to aid community-oriented projects.

WFIN-WKXA-106.3 The Fox Women in Business Champion of the Year: Staying power – a substantial history as an established business, growth in the number of employees, increase in sales, and evidence of contributions to aid community-oriented projects, overcoming adversity, must be 50.1% female owned.

Citizens National Bank Agriculture Enterprise Champion of the Year: An established farm/agricultural business that has demonstrated sound business practices and leadership within the agricultural sector based on economic impact, marketing innovative farm practices, and dollar investment in the community.

Commercial Savings Bank Professional of the Year: Occupation is traditionally viewed as a “profession” (such as doctors, pharmacists, accountants, dentists, engineers, architects, lawyers, etc.). This award is for an individual with: innovation, resourcefulness, and creativity in response to adversity; evidence of contributions to enhance community, use of personal time and resources; evidence of growth or expansion.

Marathon Petroleum Corporation Diversity Small Business Champion of the Year: Staying power – a substantiated history as an established business, growth in the number of employees, increase in sales, innovative product(s), overcoming adversity, and evidence of contributions by nominee to aid community-oriented projects, and must be at least 50.1% minority owned.

First National Bank “Go Local” Small Business Champion of the Year: A local business, individual, or not-for-profit organization committed to continual reinvestment of revenue back into the local economy through innovative and collaborative partnerships with local vendors, customers, and users. A champion of local brick and mortar businesses and other organizations by consciously choosing a local option when competitively available.

Huntington Bank ATHENA Award: A woman who has attained and personified the highest level of professional excellence in her business or profession, has devoted time and energy to the community in a meaningful way, and has opened doors of leadership opportunity for women.


A special thanks to contributing sponsor JYoakam LLC Advertising Agency for their support. Applicants may nominate business partners, clients, neighbors, suppliers, a fellow Chamber Member or even themselves! Nomination forms are available at the Chamber office or at www.FindlayHancockChamber.com. 


Call, fax, mail or e-mail your nomination information today!

Findlay•Hancock County Chamber of Commerce.  123 East Main Cross Street, Findlay, OH 45840

Phone: 419-422-3313 ¨ Fax: 419-422-9508 ¨ FindlayHancockChamber.com ¨ cbenjamin@FindlayHancockChamber.com



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