The Canton Regional Chamber 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 2013. The nomination deadline is Jan. 24, 2014, and nominations can be made at
"We in Canton and Stark County are proud to call home some of the most innovative, dynamic and growing businesses in the country," said Dennis P. Saunier, president & CEO of Canton Regional Chamber. "These businesses go above and beyond, by providing jobs and stimulating our economy, and we want to recognize them as such."
The ceremony, which will be held on May 6, 2014, celebrates businesses for their overall excellence and outstanding achievement in three award categories: Business Excellence Awards, Business of the Year and the Emerge Award for Entrepreneurs. Winners are those who are on the cutting-edge of emerging technology, making capital investments to our area, dedicating resources to the community and helping to make our region more appealing to business growth and relocation. 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. Eligibility for all three award categories: Any for-profit companies that are non-publicly traded and have been outstanding during the past year are eligible for nomination. To be considered for the Emerge Award for Entrepreneurs, the current business must be for-profit, non-publicly traded and in existence for five years or less. For full eligibility information, please visit: Nominate online:  Visit to make your nomination. If you have questions regarding eligibility or the nomination process for the Business Excellence Awards or the Emerge Award, please contact Whitney Prather, events and marketing manager, at (330) 458-2073 or Nomination deadline is Jan. 24, 2014. Sponsors (to date) for the 2014 Business Excellence Awards include: Day Ketterer, Farmers National Bank, Hall, Kistler & Company LLP, The Repository and Stark State College.