Thursday, March 31, the Greater Omaha Chamber announced the 2011 nominees for its new program, the Big O! Excellence Awards.
The Awards recognize the contributions of Greater Omaha individuals and businesses to our business community. Both individuals and businesses who belong to the Chamber were eligible for nomination.
Congratulations to the following 2011 nominees:
Honors exceptional women leaders who have excelled in their chosen field, devoted energy to strengthening the community and developed others.
Gail L. DeBoer, SAC Federal Credit Union
Cella Quinn, Cella Quinn Investment Services, Inc.
Andrea Skolkin, OneWorld Community Health Centers, Inc.
Recognizes an organization whose philosophy of giving has made a significant impact on the Omaha metropolitan community's health and well-being. The award encourages and supports corporate social responsibility.
AAA and The Cornhusker Motor Club Foundation
Thrasher Basement Systems, Inc.
Woodmen of the World
Recognizes an individual or an organization that has both envisioned and executed on an opportunity. The award acknowledges innovators who are creatively making a difference and likely to be leaders in their field.
Cross Pointe Innovations
Foundation Supportworks, Inc.
Silicon Prairie News
Recognizes a successful ethnic minority-owned business/organization that has an operating history of at least three years and has demonstrated business growth and contributions to the community.
Asphalt Maintenance, Inc.
Frontier Bag Company, Inc.
Gonzales Companies, LLC
Recognizes an organization for its excellent stewardship of resources and exceptional outcomes. Nominated organization must be fully accredited as a 501(c) (3) with operating history of at least three years and governed by a volunteer board of directors.
Food Bank for the Heartland
Goodwill Industries, Inc., Serving Eastern Nebraska and Southwest Iowa
Hope Center for Kids
Recognizes a business with 50 employees or less for their commitment to strong customer service and community involvement. The winner is chosen from the past year's Small Business of the Month award winners.
Signs & Shapes International, Inc.
Award recipients will be announced at the 2011 Big O! Excellence Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, May 17, at CoCo Key Water Resort - Hotel - Convention Center | Omaha.
Additionally, the following long-standing businesses will be honored at the luncheon.
25 Years in Business
Amcon Distributing Company
Ayars & Ayars, Inc.
Baldwin Hackett & Meeks, Inc.
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Conley Investment Counsel, Inc.
Coventry Health Care of Nebraska, Inc.
Crowne Plaza Hotel Omaha
Don Kallhoff Mobile Wash, Inc. - Nebraska Power Wash
DoubleTree Suites by Hilton - Omaha
FSB Warner Financial, Inc.
J&S Audio Visual, Inc.
Jay M. Bergmeier Insurance Agency
Jiffy Laser, Inc.
Kelly's Carpet Omaha
Koski Professional Group, P.C., CPAs
Lawson Kroeker Investment Management, Inc.
Office Depot #80
Paul Davis Restoration
Preferred Marketing Associates Ltd.
Pre-Wel MFG Corp.
Prime Therapeutics LLC
Pro Source Insurance
Quality Living, Inc.
Remington Heights Retirement Community, LLC
Software Engineering Services - SES
Tagge-Rutherford Financial Group
The Market Basket
Women's Edition, Inc.
50 Years in Business
Alvine & Associates, Inc.
David M. Mangelsen's
L & M Construction Chemicals
Miracle Hill Golf & Tennis Center
Ralston Area Chamber of Commerce
75 Years in Business
Riekes Equipment Company
University of Nebraska Foundation
100 Years in Business
American Machine Works, Inc.
For additional information or questions, visit OmahaChamber.org/ExcellenceAwards or contact Larry Gomez, director of small business services, at (402) 978-7925 or lgomez@OmahaChamber.org.
Presenting sponsors are Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska, FirstComp and SMITH HAYES Financial Services Corporation.
KFAB is the media sponsor and Northwest Bank is the award sponsor.