CEP Accepting Award Applications

Posted on: August 12, 2014

Ocala/Marion County Chamber & Economic Partnership (CEP), together with event sponsors Hotel Development Group and Clear Channel Outdoor, is looking for businesses in the area that have achieved outstanding success in the past 12 months to enter the 2014 Awards of Excellence. The winners will be awarded at the 17 September exCEPtional mornings breakfast.

Winning businesses will have demonstrated a commitment to excellence through innovation, sustainability, employment growth and development, customer service, financial success, and community involvement. Review the award criteria and complete an application for your business. There are six awards to choose from:

Business of the Year Award
The Small Business of the Year Award is intended to recognize and honor businesses that have demonstrated "Best Practices" of entrepreneurship, such as sound business planning, fiscal responsibility and work process innovation in operating their business. This award will be issued for small, medium, and large business levels.

Business of the Year Categories:
1.   SMALL BUSINESS - employ one to 25 full time equivalent employee(s)
2.   MEDIUM BUSINESS - employ 26 to 100 full time equivalent employee(s)
3.   LARGE BUSINESS - employ 101+ full time equivalent employee(s)

Manufacturer of the Year
The Manufacturer of the Year recognizes companies that strive for manufacturing excellence, have a positive economic impact, remain committed to workforce development and are outstanding community stewards.  Manufacturers have had more than their fair share of adversity. Yet many are thriving-creating jobs, increasing sales, moving into international markets. It's achievers like these who are worthy of special recognition. This award serves to bring attention to the area's manufacturing community and the economic and social contributions made to Marion County.

Start-Up Award
The Start-Up Award recognizes a startup company, in business for less than three years which has developed into an outstanding, thriving business.  The company should demonstrate enthusiastic vision, a clear commitment to doing business in Marion County, innovative product(s) and/or service(s), increased jobs, increased sales, ability to overcome adversity and positive impact on the community.

Not-For-Profit Business of the Year
Recognizes a not-for-profit organization in Marion County that has a significant impact on the well-being of our community over the past year. Criteria used to evaluate finalists include impact, community involvement, innovative business approaches and unique programs and services provided. The Not-For-Profit Business of the Year keeps administrative costs down while investing in employees, services, programs and ultimately, the future of Marion County. Nominee must be a 501(c) organization.

For award criteria and additional details on how to enter, please visit the Business Awards of Excellence page.

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