The Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce is Now Accepting Nominations for the 2013 Small Business of the Year Awards

The Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce is now accepting nominations for the 2013 Small Business of the Year Awards, which will be presented at the Celebrating Small Business Award & Luncheon event. The Celebrating Small Business Award & Luncheon will be held at 11:30 a.m. at the Fort Collins Marriott, 350 E Horsetooth., Fort Collins, Colo. on May 21, 2103. The Small Business of the Year Awards are underwritten by First National Bank, Ward Petroleum Corporation, Home State Bank of Fort Collins, JAX mercantile, Community Banks of Colorado, Guaranty Bank and Trust Company, Rocky Mountain Innosphere and Pinnacol.

The Small Business of the Year Luncheon will celebrate small businesses and their contributions to Fort Collins and is part of an all day celebration of business that features a breakfast event hosted by the City of Fort Collins, free educational sessions presented by area resources and a Spring Business Showcase hosted by the Chamber and open to the public in the evening. Registration for showcase table space is available by contacting Kim Medina at kmedina@fcchamber.org.

Community members are encouraged to nominate area businesses for the awards which will be given to three companies: 1-10 employees, 11-50 employees and 51-200 employees. For this award, 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 here and are due to the Chamber by April 22, 2013.

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 and have been in business three years. 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.

About 350 business professionals and community leaders are expected at the Small Business of the Year luncheon. Individual ticket prices are $40 per person for Chamber members and $50 per person for non-members. A table of 10 people is $350. Registration for the luncheon is available HERE or by calling the Chamber at (970) 482-3746. Sponsorship opportunities for the event are also available by contacting the Chamber at (970) 482-3746.

The Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce is the leading membership-based organization in Northern Colorado, dedicated to helping business succeed. Investing in the Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce puts members in contact with more that 1,050 business owners and managers in the market. For more that 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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