Business Excellence Awards

EXCELLENCE IS A WAY OF LIFE IN GREATER OMAHA – EARNED NOT GIVEN – AND IT SHOULD BE CELEBRATED!

As always, we’re celebrating the excellence around us and recognizing the truly deserving: those whose contributions elevate our community and make it a better place for everyone to do business, work and live.

Past Winners

 

Congratulations to Our 2020 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

  • ACCESSbank
  • FNBO
  • Project Harmony Child Advocacy Center

2019 Small Business of the Year

  • Bozell

Leadership

  • McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.
  • OneWorld Community Health Centers, Inc.
  • WoodmenLife

Philanthropy

  • Farm Credit Services of America
  • Monica Sempek Photography, LLC

Innovation

  • Do Space
  • Hillcrest Health Services
  • North End Teleservices
  • Ronald McDonald House Charities in Omaha, Inc.

Excellence in Two Categories

Leadership & Philanthropy

  • Bland & Associates, P.C.
  • Omaha Public Power District
  • Verdis Group

Milestones

25 Years

  • 100 Black Men of Omaha, Inc.
  • Adams & Sullivan P.C., L.L.O.
  • Charter Hill Partners LLC
  • Elite Cheer Inc.
  • FASTSIGNS – M ST
  • First National Technology Solutions
  • First Nebraska Trust Company
  • Heartland Wood Floors Co.
  • Kinder Care
  • Mueller Robak LLC
  • Nebraska Beef, Ltd.
  • Omaha Prime
  • P & L Capital Corp.
  • Paul J. Strawhecker, Inc.
  • Performance Group, Inc.
  • Power Delivery Services, Inc.
  • Project Houseworks
  • QAT Global
  • Quality Brands of Omaha
  • Realcorp
  • Robert’s Nursery, Landscapes & Lawns
  • States Resources Corp.
  • Sun Valley Landscaping
  • Sympateco, Inc.
  • TG’s Complete Cleaning Service
  • The Wells Resource LLC

50 Years

  • Bailey Lauerman
  • Berkshire Hathaway Homestate Insurance Company
  • House of Mufflers & Brakes Total Car Care
  • Omaha Car Care
  • OneWorld Community Health Centers, Inc.
  • Phil Patterson, Inc.
  • Pink Grading, Inc.
  • Robert Hancock & Co.
  • Shared Service Systems, Inc.
  • Travel Faire, Inc.

75 Years

  • BerganKDV
  • Eakes Office Solutions
  • Nebraska Christian College
  • National Electrical Contractors Association, Nebraska Chapter
  • Saint Francis Ministries
  • SilverStone Group
  • Tritz Plumbing, Inc.

100 Years

  • 3E | Electrical Engineering & Equipment Co.
  • Completely KIDS
  • Endicott Clay Products Company
  • Omaha Home for Boys
  • Robert W. Baird & Co.

125 Years

  • Aksarben Foundation
  • Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium
  • RENZE

150 Years

  • Borsheims Fine Jewelry & Gifts
  • City of Papillion
  • Millard Public Schools

2021 NOMINATION INFORMATION

Nominations for 2020 are closed, but click below to be notified when 2021 nominations open.

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 will only be eligible for a sustained excellence award. Those eligible will need to complete the sustained excellence award questions and will not be eligible to win in any other category (innovation, leadership and/or philanthropy).

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.

Your organization is a proven winner, recognized before for excellence in innovation, leadership and/or philanthropy. Congratulations for that feat! 

  1. Describe how you maintain a standard of excellence in your organization. Offer particular examples, within the last three years, of a time you rebounded from a problem or crisis.
  2. What is an example that has taken place, within the last three years, of an enemy of excellence in your organization?  How do you guard against it?  Include any measurements you use in this assessment.

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

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

QUESTIONS

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

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