1. SBM PRESENTS THE 2021 Small Business Awards

SBM is now seeking nominations for its Small Business Awards, known as the Future 50. We are searching for the fastest-growing small businesses in the area. These are the businesses that will play a major role in the future of St. Louis.
This award honors the achievements and accomplishments of the thousands of small businesses (200 employees and less) throughout the bi-state area. The winners will be featured in SBM's September edition. (Nomination Deadline: June 15)(Note: Only one nomination is necessary per company.)

COVID-19 Note: We all know some industries have taken a hit due to the COVID-19 crisis. These awards are dedicated to the companies that are poised to grow out of the crisis. We are looking to honor the businesses that are poised for growth two and three years out.

Nominated companies must meet the following criteria:
-Must be headquartered in the STL metro area (100 mile radius from downtown)
-Must have between 1 and 200 employees (including owners)
-Company must be in business for at least 2 years.
-Company can be nominated by anyone, including clients, vendors, owner or employees. (NOTE: Only one nomination is necessary)
-Winners of the past Small Business Awards are eligible for nomination.

The panel of judges will review the applicants and select the final 50 honorees according to the following:
-Financial stability
-Ability to overcome challenges
-Community involvement
-Rapid financial growth
-Rapid employment growth
-Unique business proposition
-Company vision
The more concrete examples and data companies provide will increase the likelihood of nomination.