Excellence is a way of life in Greater Omaha.
It’s earned not given – and it should be celebrated.

Each year, we recognize dozens of truly deserving businesses and nonprofits with our Business Excellence Awards. We ask the community to nominate those whose contributions elevate Greater Omaha and make it a better place to do business, work and live. From those nominations, our volunteer selection committee chooses the best-of-the-best as our award winners. In addition to honoring excellence, we also applaud businesses celebrating major milestone anniversaries. This is our way of putting the spotlight on those that have earned it.

2022 AWARD WINNERS

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.

Sustained Excellence

  • Project Harmony Child Advocacy Center
  • QLI

Philanthropy

  • Carol Joy Holling Camp, Conference and Retreat Center
  • Fontenelle Forest
  • i3 Bank
  • Omaha Public Power District
  • Orthonebraska

Leadership

  • BFF Omaha
  • Carson Wealth
  • Spreetail
  • Tri-Faith Initiative

2021 Small Business of the Year

  • Stable Gray

Innovation

  • Boys Town
  • Children’s Hospital and Medical Center
  • Hawkins Construction Company
  • Omaha Children’s Museum
  • Omaha Conservatory of Music

Milestones

25 Years

  • Amur Equipment Finance
  • A-Relief Services, Inc.
  • Constellation West
  • Fast-Trac Freight Services, Inc.
  • First Star Recycling
  • Forest Green Lawn & Landscaping, LLC
  • Heartland Properties, Inc.
  • Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites @ Ameristar
  • Lastime Roofing
  • Lovely Skin
  • Magnum Development
  • Markel Specialty
  • Mercedes-Benz of Omaha
  • Midlands Choice
  • Nebraska Medicine
  • Notre Dame Housing, Inc.
  • Olsson
  • OMNE Partners
  • Payroll Maxx LLC
  • SignIT
  • Slate Architecture, Inc.
  • Smith, Slusky, Pohren & Rogers, LLP
  • Stortz Financial Group
  • Student Transportation of America Inc.
  • Suiter Swantz Intellectual Property
  • The Alliance Group

50 Years

  • Access Elevator and Lifts, Inc.
  • Charles Schwab
  • Combined Health Agencies Drive (CHAD)
  • Data Axle
  • DC Centre
  • Grandmother’s Inc. dba Don & Millies
  • Hyatt Hotel Reservation Center
  • International Nutrition
  • KVNO
  • Masimore, Magnuson & Associates P.C.
  • Metro
  • Millard Manufacturing Corp.
  • Palco Industrial Marking and Labeling, Inc.
  • Santa Monica House
  • Special Olympics Nebraska

75 Years

  • Edward J. Heck & Sons Co.
  • Fisher Fixture
  • Mitchell & Associates
  • Nebraska Iowa Supply Co., Inc.
  • Sadoff Iron & Metal Company
  • T.O. Haas Tire
  • Westside Community Schools

100 Years

  • Edward Jones Investments
  • Highline Warren
  • Salem Baptist Church

125 Years

  • Omaha Musicians Association

150 Years

  • Doane University
  • Northwestern Mutual of Nebraska

NOMINATIONS

We look to the business community to help us identify hardworking businesses and nonprofits. We want your nominations for those whose contributions elevate our region and make it a better place for everyone to do business, work and live.

Our volunteer selection committee will select the best-of-the-best to be recognized with a Business Excellence Award. We’ll recognize the winners for their superior work in the areas of innovation, leadership and philanthropy. Those who have won an excellence award two or more consecutive years will be eligible for a sustained excellence award.

Tell us who you think demonstrates Excellence.

GENERAL NOMINATION QUESTIONS:

  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.

AWARD SPECIFIC QUESTIONS:

Excellence takes on many forms. Choose one or more of the characteristics below and describe how it applies to your business (or the business you are nominating).

If a company has won a business excellence award (in any category – innovation, leadership and/or philanthropy) for two or more consecutive years, they may be eligible for a sustained excellence award. The award will be determined by the selection committee.

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 from the last three years 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 from the last three years 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 from the last three years 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.

SPONSORS

This event is made possible by the generous contributions of several organizations. We appreciate their support.
Interested in being a Business Excellence Awards Sponsor? Contact Kristy Fortenbury for more information.

Small Business Awards Sponsor

Media Partner

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

QUESTIONS

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

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