This annual celebration is GLI’s signature small business event. GLI presents eight Inc.credible Awards for businesses with fewer than 100 employees and has celebrated over 100 small, local businesses since 2000 for their ongoing contribution to our region’s economic vitality. An inspirational event for anyone who knows the importance of small businesses dreaming big, this is a must-attend celebration for companies of all sizes.
The application period is now closed. Winners will be announced live at the Inc.credible Awards Luncheon!
Inc.credible Small Business Leader of the Year (new in 2018)
Presented by Insuramax
This award is presented to a small business leader who is stimulating a supportive work environment and exhibits a real commitment to the welfare of their employees. Their efforts bear fruit in a well-motivated, integrated workforce and a successful small business in the Greater Louisville region. This business leader is dedicated and has proven themselves as innovative, engaged, and civic-minded.
Very Small Business of the Year Award (1-9 employees)
The winning company exemplifies both business and civic leadership. Community involvement, management practices and overall financial performance are the primary criteria for this category.
Small Business of the Year Award (10-100 employees)
Presented by FocalPoint Business Coaching of Kentucky
The winning company exemplifies both business and civic leadership. Community involvement, management practices, and overall financial performance are the primary criteria for this category.
Non-Profit of the Year Award
Presented by Ladyfingers Catering
This award is presented to the small business that is seen as a leader in the Greater Louisville community. This business has made significant contributions to advancing arts and culture in Greater Louisville and sees community investment as a core part of the company’s values.
Healthcare & Wellness Award
Presented by Humana
This award recognizes a business that is taking steps to increase overall wellbeing, whether by introducing innovative solutions to the healthcare field or whether by implementing an organization-wide health and wellness program. The company must be committed to improving lifelong wellness for individuals inside and outside of their organization.
Inclusion & Diversity Award (new in 2018)
This award recognizes a small business that demonstrates a commitment to inclusive hiring, buying, selling and is a champion of diversity and inclusion.
Presented by Middleton Reutlinger
This award recognizes a small business that executes business initiatives which demonstrate innovative solutions for new and existing business needs. Initiatives can include but are not limited to projects, programs, processes, services, systems, technologies, developments, ventures, and undertakings.
People’s Choice Award
The winner of this award is selected through an online ballot. All of the 2018 Inc.credible Awards finalists will be eligible.
Finalists will be announced on March 26, 2018. The awards will be presented LIVE at the Inc.credible Awards on May 8th, 2018 at the Kentucky Center for the Arts.
Do I have to be a member of GLI to apply?
Good News! You don’t have to be a member to apply!
Can I find out who nominated my company?
Nominations are submitted online and unfortunately we keep that information private. But someone thinks you’re pretty Inc.credible so you should definitely apply!
Can I nominate my own company?
No need! You can just apply by filling out the online application.
What are the requirements to apply for an Inc.credible Award?
Here are the requirements:
- 100 Employees or less
- Locally owned and privately held in Greater Louisville region
- Operating prior to January 1, 2015
- Haven’t won an Inc.credible Award in the past 3 years
Can I apply for more than one award?
Absolutely! We actually encourage it! All completed applications are automatically entered into the Small or Very Small Award category (except for Non-profits). There will be an option to apply for an additional award on the online application.
How are applications scored?
Applications are scored by a select group of business and non-profit professionals in the Greater Louisville region. All applications are anonymous. This means we take all identifying information out of your application before the judges read them.
Inc.credible Awards Reception
Tuesday, May 8th
Kentucky Center for the Arts, 501 W. Main Street, Louisville, KY 40202
4:30pm Doors Open/Registration
4:30-5:30pm Networking & Social Hour
5:30-6:30pm Inc.credible Awards Program (winners announced live!)
Where should I park?
Suggested parking in either the Riverfront Parking Garage and Kentucky Center Parking Garage (both entrances off 6th Street)
What do I do when I get there?
Upon arrival, pick up your nametag at the registration table and then head into the lobby area where there will be a cash bar and hors d’oeuvres. This is a great time to network with other attendees!
Will there be food?
Yes! There will be hors d’oeuvres as well as cash bars throughout the lobby area.
What should I wear?
This is a business casual event.
What is the hashtag for social media?
Please use #GLIevent when posting on your social media
Interested in sponsorships?
Contact Sydney Doctor at firstname.lastname@example.org
View photos from last years event here!
Thank you to our sponsors!