Editor's notes: Enter to Win!

Mary Yost

Do you love where you work? I've got a deal for you!

Several times a year, Columbus CEO devotes substantial space and energy to recognize businesses and individuals that are exceptional in select areas.

Next up-the opportunity to nominate companies and organizations for Top Workplaces recognition has just opened. You need to act fast, though, to nominate your workplace. The nomination window closes at the end of August.

Top Workplaces is one of five recognition opportunities Columbus CEO offers throughout the year. In this issue, for example, we are proud to present HR Excellence: Achievements in Human Resources.

Voting just ended for our Best of Business reader poll (results will be published in the November issue), and soon we'll be seeking nominations for our Healthcare Achievement Awards (to be celebrated in the March 2017 issue).

Central Ohio top executives will be asked in August to select CEOs of the Year in four categories-large and small for-profits and large and small nonprofits. Voting for the area's top CEOs comes with a survey we do in partnership with the Capital University School of Management and Leadership.

The process to be declared a Top Workplace begins by making a nomination with our easy-to-use online link at

Here's what you need to know to get started:

  • Any central Ohio-based business or organization with 50 or more employees is eligible to participate. Past winners have included for-profit and nonprofit companies, private and even public organizations.
  • Nominated companies will be contacted by our research partner, WorkplaceDynamics, to explain the evaluation process, which begins with a 24-question survey of employees.
  • Surveys are conducted through September at no cost to participating companies and organizations.
  • Top Workplaces will learn they have been chosen for recognition before the end of the year.

Don't worry that your business is too large or too small to participate. WorkplaceDynamics surveys thousands of workplaces across the country every year and scales the process to fit organizations of all sizes. Our recognition is also scaled, with winners honored as Top Workplaces in small, midsized and large categories, based on numbers of employees.

Want to know more? Check out our stories about the 2016 winners under the Awards tab at The complete coverage provides a look at survey questions and showcases how Top Workplaces operate and what makes their employees so content.

Last year, more than 100 organizations were surveyed and Columbus CEO recognized 70 Top Workplaces. We'd love to boost the number for 2017, and we'd love to include your company on the list!

We all like being recognized, don't we?

Columbus CEO has been sharing news far and wide about journalism awards we have received this year, and now we have more to boast about from the Society of Professional Journalists. SPJ named a supplement we produced for the Better Business Bureau Serving Central Ohio as the state's Best Special Publication for print with circulation less than 75,000. Columbus CEO also won two first-place writing awards and was the runner-up for Best Magazine.

Sadly, a member of our award-winning team is moving on. Staff Writer Julie France started as editorial assistant in May 2015 and quickly became a key contributor. Her August wedding is taking her to Chicago. Happily, she will continue producing her monthly Tech Talk feature. We wish her the best!