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Canton/Stark County is home to some of the most innovative and dynamic businesses in the country. They go above and beyond providing jobs and funding our economy. On the cutting-edge of emerging technology, these businesses make capital investments to our area, dedicate resources to the community and help make our region more appealing for business growth and relocation.

Honorees of this year will be recognized at our annual awards dinner held on Tuesday, May 5, at The Conference Center, Kent State University at Stark

Business Excellence Award salutes companies that have distinguished themselves with longevity, growth, innovation, and consistent involvement in the community. 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. In addition, the companies need to have demonstrated several of the following attributes:

  • Growth in business and/or employment
  • Consistent outstanding customer service
  • Innovative (expansion of products/product lines)
  • Consistent involvement in the community
  • Expansion of operations and/or efficiencies
  • Capital improvements and/or product offerings
  • Responsiveness to business/industry challenges

The Business of the Year honors a single winner that has experienced growth in sales, employees or overall operations in the last full calendar year. Companies are awarded a Business Excellence Award only once; however, companies may be awarded the Business of the Year multiple times.

Emerge Award for Entrepreneurs celebrates a single outstanding entrepreneur who has been in business for five years or less in a new or innovative endeavor.

To be considered as a nominee for the 2015 Business Excellence Awards in any category, businesses must be for-profit, non-publicly traded.

If you have questions regarding the Business Excellence Awards, please email Melissa Elsfelder, Events Manager, or phone (330) 458-2073.

Review this Sample Business Excellence Award Application as a guide to completing your application.


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