CANTON, OH (Jan. 5, 2010) – The Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for its annual Business Excellence Awards of Greater Canton –awards that recognize exceptional Stark County businesses for excellence and outstanding achievement in 2009. Nomination deadline is Jan. 28, 2010 and nominations can be made at “Stark County is home to some of the most innovative, growing and dynamic businesses in the country,” said Dennis P. Saunier, president & CEO of Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce. “These businesses go above and beyond providing jobs and funding our economy – they are on the cutting-edge of emerging technology, they are making capital investments to our area, they dedicate resources to the community and they are helping to make our region more appealing to business growth and relocation.” To be considered, the business must be for-profit, non-publicly-traded (and not a wholly-owned subsidiary of a publicly traded company), and have a significant presence in and/or provide substantial benefit to the citizens and economy of Stark County. Specific nomination criteria includes: business and employment growth, expansion of operations/efficiencies, outstanding customer service, investments in capital improvements, innovation or expansion of product line(s), responsiveness to business and industry challenges and adversity and community involvement. Honorees of this year’s Business Excellence Awards will be recognized during the gala awards dinner held on Tues., Apr. 27, at The University Center at Kent State University Stark. Currently, sponsors of the Business Excellence Awards of Greater Canton dinner and ceremony are: Bruner-Cox LLP, Krugliak, Wilkins, Griffiths & Dougherty Co., LPAThe Repository and Stark State College of Technology. To nominate a company for the Outstanding Business award, please visit If you have questions regarding eligibility or the nomination process, or wish to receive a paper copy of the nomination form, please contact Nancy Leffler, event manager, at (330) 458-2073 or