Business Excellence Awards 2013CANTON, OH (Dec. 17, 2012) – The Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominees for its annual Business Excellence Awards of Greater Canton—awards that recognize exceptional Stark County businesses for excellence and outstanding achievement in 2012. The nomination deadline is Jan. 25, 2013 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. “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.


This year, the Chamber will be honoring one area entrepreneur with a new award: the Emerge Award for Entrepreneurs. The Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce is excited to highlight this crucial segment of Stark County business at the Business Excellence Awards. To be considered, the entrepreneur’s current business must be for-profit, non-publicly traded and in existence for five years or less. Honorees of this year’s Business Excellence Awards will be recognized during the gala awards dinner held on Tues., May 7, at The University Center at Kent State University at Stark.


Visit to make your nomination online. If you have questions regarding eligibility or the nomination process for the Business Excellence Awards or the new Emerge Award, please contact Whitney Prather, events and marketing manager, at (330) 458-2073 or Nomination deadline is Jan. 25, 2013. Sponsors (to date) of the Business Excellence Awards of Greater Canton dinner and ceremony are: Day Ketterer, Attorneys at Law, Farmers National Bank, Stark State College and The Repository.