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Greater Omaha Business Excellence Awards


Nominations closed Feb. 14. Best of luck to all the nominees!

Excellence is a way of life in Greater Omaha. The dedication of outstanding organizations and individuals – continually striving to be the best, improving their community in the process, makes this region such a vibrant place to do business, work and live. Formally known as the Big O! Excellence Awards, the Greater Omaha Chamber’s Greater Omaha Business Excellence Awards recognize this dedication to excellence in the following categories: Business Woman | Corporate Citizen | Innovator | Milestone | Minority Business | Nonprofit | *Small Business 

Who has been nominated before? 

How can I nominate?

  • Companies and individuals may nominate themselves or may be nominated by a third party.
  • Nominations are scored by the members of the Greater Omaha Business Excellence Awards Selection Committee comprised of Greater Omaha business leaders and past award recipients.
  • All nominated businesses or individuals must be Greater Omaha Chamber members based in the Greater Omaha metropolitan area – Cass, Dodge, Douglas, Sarpy, Saunders and Washington counties in Nebraska, and Harrison, Mills and Pottawattamie counties in Iowa.
  • Nominations are accepted online from January 3, 2014 – February 14, 2014. Late nominations will not be considered.
  • Finalists will attend – and winners will be announced at – the 2014 Greater Omaha Business Excellence Awards Luncheon on May 22, 2014. Finalists will participate in a video shoot designed to tell their story and demonstrate their commitment to excellence. The videos will be shown at the awards luncheon.
  • Information can be found at OmahaChamber.com/ExcellenceAwards. For additional questions, contact Melissa Glenn, manager - Innovative Strategy & Retention, 402-978-7913 or mglenn@omahachamber.org

Award categories and 2014 finalists are:

Business Woman
Recognizes the achievements of women in the Omaha community who have a drive for excellence in business, a strong vision for the future, a dedication to the betterment of our community and a passion for developing others

Finalists:

  • Sharon Carleton, president and CEO, Ervin & Smith
  • Pamela Finn, founder and CEO, Creative Enterprises, Inc.
  • Jolene Roberts, President and CEO, Hillcrest Health Services

Corporate Citizen 
Given to an organization that goes above and beyond to foster an environment of community improvement and support 

Finalists:

  • Bank of the West
  • Hilton Omaha
  • PayPal
  • Sun Valley Landscaping 

Innovator 
Recognizes an individual or business creatively making a difference by making innovation part of their everyday ‘routine’ and providing tangible benefits through their work 

Finalists:

  • Outlook Nebraska, Inc.
  • Universal Information Services
  • Woodmen of the World Life Insurance Society 

Milestone Awards
Recognizes Greater Omaha area businesses celebrating 25, 50, 75, 100, 125 or 150 years in business in 2014 

Minority Business Impact
Recognizes a successful minority-owned business or organization that has demonstrated business growth and contributions to the community and has an operating history of at least three years 

Finalists:

  • JZW International, Inc.
  • Lion’s Gate Security Solutions, Inc. 
  • White Lotus Group

Nonprofit
Recognizes nonprofits that not only create a better world for us but manage their finances diligently and operate with integrity

Finalists:

  • Goodwill Industries, Inc., Serving Eastern Nebraska and Southwest Iowa
  • Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska
  • OneWorld Community Health Centers, Inc.

Small Business
Small Business of the Month recipients from the previous calendar year are eligible for the Small Business Award.

Small Business 2013 Small Business of the Month recipients: 

  • AA Windows ‘N’ Doors
  • Albers Communications Group
  • B Street Collision Center
  • Concierge Marketing, Inc.
  • The Filter Shop
  • Foundation Supportworks, Inc.
  • JZW International Development
  • Mitchell & Associates
  • Papio Fun Park
  • Spin Linen Management
  • Wolf Brothers Western Store
  • WRK Systems, Inc.

Finalists are invited to attend – and winners will be announced at – the Greater Omaha Business Excellence Awards Luncheon on May 22, at Embassy Suites Omaha – La Vista.

Members of the Greater Omaha Business Excellence Awards Selection Committee, comprised of Greater Omaha business leaders and past award recipients, scored the nominations.

The 2014 Greater Omaha Business Excellence Awards sponsors are: FirstComp, PayPal and SMITH HAYES

For more information about the Greater Omaha Business Excellence Awards, contact Melissa Glenn.

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