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This is a competitive award. Submissions must earn a minimum threshold evaluation score to be eligible to win. One eligible nominee will be awarded per category.
 
The award(s) will be presented at Celebrate Aspire on April 28, 2022.  Finalists are strongly encouraged to attend. Finalists will be announced April 18. After the event on April 28, Aspire will announce the winning companies via communications to other Aspire members, and via a press release to Central Indiana news media outlets, which is also posted on Aspire’s website.
 
Eligibility and Criteria:
Companies are encouraged to nominate themselves, or may be nominated by others.
 
Each nominee must be a for-profit business in operation for a minimum of two years, and a current Aspire Economic Development + Chamber Alliance member business.

Three awards will be given, one for each category:

1-9 Employees
10-49 Employees
50+ Employees 
 
Nominees must demonstrate qualified success in more than one of the following areas: growth and stability; commitment to quality; creative/unique solutions to challenges; and entrepreneurial spirit.
 
Nominees’ overall contribution to the community will also be considered.
 
How to Nominate and Nomination Deadline:
Please complete the following nomination form. If you are nominating another company, please complete as much of the form as possible.

We cannot guarantee incomplete nominations will be sufficiently evaluated. We invite you to please make an appointment with the Aspire staff for assistance completing the form.
 
Nominations are due on or before Wednesday, April 13, 2022 by 5:00p.m. EST.

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* 1. Contact Information

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* 2. Please provide a brief description of the business being nominated.

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* 3. Describe the company’s primary business goals/objectives and how they’ve been achieved.

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* 4. Is this business a non-profit or for-profit?

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* 5. What is the company's full time equivalent employee count?

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* 6. Required: What were the nominee’s gross annual sales for the last three years:

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* 7. Optional, but strongly requested: How does this performance compare with the nominee’s industry’s local, state, or national average? Please use specific numbers / percentages if possible. (Not sure?  Contact your industry association, or the Central Indiana Small Business Development Association at 317.464.2228, or the Greenwood Public Library Business Reference Desk at 317.885.5036.) Please also list your source.

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* 8. Special attention will be paid to nominations demonstrating creative, bold, unique and/or innovative solutions that are supported with available data and positive outcomes. Describe the company’s achievements with regards to two or more of the following.

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* 9. Please share any additional information that will be helpful as we make our selection.

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