From the Columbus Chamber of Commerce:

The Columbus Chamber is now soliciting nominations for its 2014 Small Business Awards.

The awards will include the Small Business Leader Award, which will be presented to an individual business professional who has demonstrated exceptional leadership qualities in a wide-range of areas, and the Small Business Award of Excellence, which will be given to a small business that has substantiated success, increased sales, number of employees and contributions to the community.

Small businesses are defined as those having 500 or fewer employees.

Nominations will be accepted through Oct. 18. The nomination form can be found at Anyone is welcome to submit his or her company or another company for the nomination.

Nominated companies and individuals will be notified in late October and asked to submit applications electronically by Nov. 8. Applications will be reviewed, and award recipients will be selected, by a committee of the Chamber's Small Business Council.

Finalists will be announced in December, and recipients will be recognized at the Chamber's Annual Meeting Feb. 5, 2014 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center's Battelle Grand ballroom. Tickets to the event are available through the end of 2013 for $75 each or $750 for a table of 10 (Chamber members) and $95 each or $950 for a table of 10 (non members). Starting Jan. 1, 2014, all tickets will be $100 each or $1,000 for a table of 10. Register for tickets at

The Columbus Chamber has recognized small business leaders since 1984. To view profiles of the 2012 award finalists, visit

The 2014 Columbus Chamber Small Business Leader Award and Small Business Award of Excellence are presented in partnership with Commerce National Bank with support from Columbus C.E.O. Magazine.