Nominations for the 2015 Small Business of the Year Awards Now Open

Nomination forms are now being accepted for the 2015 Small Business of the Year Award, presented by the Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce. All nomination forms are due by Monday, April 20. The winners of the 2015 Small Business of the Year awards will be unveiled at the Celebrating Small Business event on May 20, 2015 at the Hilton Fort Collins located at 425 W. Prospect Road.

The Small Business of the Year event will celebrate small businesses and their contributions to Fort Collins and is followed by the Spring Business Showcase and highly popular Business After Hours event, all on May 20. Registration for these events, and other details will be released soon.

Community members are encouraged to nominate area businesses for the awards that will be given to four companies: 1-10 employees, 11-50 employees, 51-200 employees, and to a company that has been in business for less than three years as part of the newest category, the New Kid on the Block award. For these awards, a small business is defined as an independently owned and operated business headquartered in northern Colorado that is organized for profit. The business is required to have 200 employees or fewer to be eligible. Nomination forms are available online here or by contacting Audrey Fraijo at (970) 482-3746 or afraijo@fcchamber.org

To receive a Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year Award, the company must be a member of the Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce at the time the award is presented. Businesses will be judged on community involvement and stewardship, commitment to good business practices, overall business growth and innovation, and workplace culture and employee relations.

The Small Business of the Year Awards are underwritten by First National Bank, Ward Petroleum Corporation, Hunt, Spillman & Associates, P.C., Aspen Grove Veterinary Care, Coan, Payton & Payne, JAX Mercantile, AlphaGraphics, and The Mantooth Marketing Company.

About the Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce
The Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce is the leading membership-based organization in northern Colorado, dedicated to helping businesses succeed. Investing in the Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce puts members in contact with more than 1,143 business owners and managers in the market. For more than 100 years, the Fort Collins Area Chamber has influenced efforts to maintain and grow the business community in Fort Collins. For more information about the Chamber call (970) 482-3746 or visit www.FortCollinsChamber.com.

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