Business Excellence Awards

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We’re making plans for the region’s most inspiring party; our way of celebrating the incredible amount of excellence around us and awarding the truly deserving – those whose contributions elevate our community and make it a better place for everyone to do business, work and live.

Make plans to surround yourself with excellence as we celebrate our slate of winners and amplify their stories.


Nominations for the 2019 Business Excellence Awards closed on Friday, Feb. 8, 2019.  

2020 Business Excellence Award nominations will open on early Jan. 2020. If you are interested in being notified when they open, please complete this form and we will contact you when they are available.

  • Nominations are accepted online from Jan. 6 through Feb. 7, 2020. Late nominations will not be considered.
  • Companies and individuals may nominate themselves or be nominated by a third party.
  • Nominations are scored by the Greater Omaha Business Excellence Awards volunteer selection committee, which is comprised of business leaders, sponsor representatives and past award recipients from the Greater Omaha area. Individual scores are kept confidential.
  • Individuals serving on the Business Excellence Awards selection committee are not eligible to receive an award. Nominations from a selection committee business will not be considered.
  • If a company has won in a specific category (innovation, leadership and/or philanthropy) for two or more years, we strongly encourage the company to apply in an alternative category.
  • All nominated businesses or individuals must be Greater Omaha Chamber members who do business in the Greater Omaha metropolitan area: Cass, Dodge, Douglas, Sarpy, Saunders and Washington counties in Nebraska and Pottawattamie county in Iowa.
  • Final Business Excellence Award winners will be notified by a Greater Omaha Chamber staff member, announced publicly through news channels chosen by the Chamber and recognized at a private reception.
  • Business Excellence Award winners are invited to a community celebration and are encouraged to invite their networks to help celebrate their recognition. This event is open to the public.


  1. The year your company was established.
  2. The number of employees in the Omaha metro area.
  3. Highlight important milestones in your company’s history.
  4. Highlight any important information about your employees and customers that showcases excellence in your company.


Excellence takes on many forms. Choose one or more of the following categories below and describe how it applies to your business (or the business you are nominating). You may choose to answer any or all of the following categories:

Changing the establishment by introducing something better is no easy process, but it’s what true innovators live for. Those recognized for Excellence in Innovation have made innovation part of their everyday ‘routine’ and provide tangible benefits through their work.

  1. Describe what innovation looks like in your organization, including any particular impacts on your business or customers.
  2. Cite specific examples of when success or failure has nurtured innovation in your culture.

Excellence in Leadership recognizes those who have a strong vision for the future, a dedication to the betterment of their organizations and our community and a passion for developing others.

  1. Describe the leadership philosophy in your organization.
  2. Provide specific examples of how leadership is cultivated and specific examples of where it has made a difference to your outcomes.
Organizations, small and large, with a philosophy of giving, make a significant impact on the Omaha metropolitan community’s health and well-being. Recognition goes to those who go above-and-beyond to foster an environment of community improvement and support.

  1. Describe how your business approaches community stewardship.
  2. Offer particular examples of the impact your organization’s donation of time, talent or treasure has made to others in our community.
Experience comes with time, and every year an organization operates is a testament to its ability to serve, allowing it to uplift the community and contribute to the strength and growth of the region. Milestones matter, and anniversaries of 25, 50, 75, 100, 125 or 150 years in business mark the dedication of organizational stakeholders, as well as the commitment of customers to the business or nonprofit. Share the number of years your organization has been in operation.


Help us honor the innovators, community builders and change makers among us. Winning organizations ignore traditional models and forge new paths, promote teamwork and collaboration, and significantly impact the health and well-being of Greater Omaha. Creating jobs. Building community. Raising our quality of life and immersing themselves in excellence.

Excellence in Innovation
The Bike Union and Coffee
Home Instead Senior Care
Lindsay Corporation
Metropolitan Community College
Project Harmony Child Advocacy Center
Quantum Workplace
Signature Performance


2018 Small Business of the Year
Peitzmeier Demolition & Concrete Cutting, Inc.

Excellence in Leadership
E & A Consulting Group, Inc.
The Harry A. Koch Co.
Latino Center of the Midlands
Makovicka Physical Therapy
Pinnacle Bank
Quantum Workplace

Excellence in Philanthropy
Anytime Tees
Don & Ron’s CARSTAR Auto Body Repair, Inc.
First National Bank
NMC Group, Inc.
Makovicka Physical Therapy
Physicians Mutual
RTG Medical 


25 Years
Advance Services, Inc.
Advanced Fire and Safety
Affiliated Companies
AlphaGraphics 645
America First Investment Advisors, LLC
Bizco Technologies
Bloomfield Residence, LLC
Brodkey, Cuddigan, Peebles, Belmont & Line, LLP
Chastain Insurance Agency, Inc. DBA Chastain Otis
Downs Electric, Inc.
Engineered Controls, Inc.
Eric Francis Photography
FuTex Systems, Inc. – Complete Fund Accounting
Harrison Financial Services
Home Instead Senior Care
The Reader
Renaissance Financial
Ronald McDonald House Charities in Omaha
Susan G. Komen Great Plains
Svec Promotions
T. Hurt Construction, Inc.
The Brass Armadillo Antique Mall
Two Men and A Truck

50 Years
C & A Industries, Inc.
Charlie Graham – A Great Plains Auto Body Company
Classic Auto Sales, Inc.
Conklin, Inc.
George Butler Associates, Inc.
Mainelli Mechanical Contractors, Inc.
Mid-Continent Properties, Inc.
Securitas Security Services USA, Inc.
Security Equipment, Inc.
Tax Help & O’Malley Financial
Westroads Mall 

75 Years
Abrahams Kaslow & Cassman LLP
Gorat’s Steakhouse

100 Years
Conagra Brands
Houck Transit Advertising
Junior League of Omaha, Inc.
Kiwanis Club of Omaha
Merchants Credit Adjusters, Inc.
Orsi’s Italian Bakery & Pizzeria

125 Years
Concordia University, Nebraska
Malashock’s Jewelry Company

150 Years
Nebraska State Fair
University of Nebraska


This event is made possible by the generous contributions of several organizations. We appreciate their support.

Small Business Awards Sponsor
Premier Bank

Official Airline Sponsor
Southwest Airlines

Interested in being a Business Excellence Awards Sponsor? Contact Kristy Fortenbury for more information.



For more information about the Business Excellence Awards, contact Kristy Fortenbury, manager – special events.

By registering and participating in this event, you consent to the recording of your likeness, image, and/or voice and authorize the Greater Omaha Chamber to use photographs, video, and audio recordings containing your likeness, image, and/or voice in any medium for any purpose.

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