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Greater Louisville Inc. The Metro Chamber of Commerce 2019 Chamber of the Year
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February 6, 2018 2:55pm

Inc.credible Awards Adds Two New Honors & Opens Applications

(Louisville, KY) – Greater Louisville Inc. is pleased to open the application period and announce the addition of two new awards for the 2018 Inc.credible Awards, present by Citizens Union Bank.  The annual awards celebrate small businesses within the Greater Louisville region. Since 2000, the Inc.credible Awards have recognized more than 100 small, local businesses for their ongoing contributions to our community’s economic vitality. New awards added this year will recognize Inclusion & Diversity and an Inc.credible Small Business Leader of the Year.

“We are fortunate to have so many fantastic small businesses of all types in our region.  This year we are shining a spotlight on those special businesses and the leaders making a major impact across our region,” Kent Oyler, President & CEO of GLI, said.

GLI will recognize small businesses and leaders in the following eight categories this year:

Inc.credible Small Business Leader of the Year *New in 2018*

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)

The winning company exemplifies both business and civic leadership. Community involvement, management practices, and overall financial performance are the primary criteria for this category.

Healthcare & Wellness Award

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.

Innovation Award

This award recognizes an entrepreneurial small business that executes business initiatives that 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.

Non-Profit Impact Award

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.

People’s Choice Award

The winner of this award is selected through an online ballot.  All of the 2018 Inc.credible Awards business finalists will be eligible.

Finalists for each category will be announced on March 26th, 2018.  The awards will be presented at the Inc.credible Awards on May 8th, 2018 at the Kentucky Center for the Arts.

To apply for or nominate a small business, click here.  Nominees must be businesses with less than 100 employees, locally-owned and operated in the Louisville region. They must have been in business prior to January 1, 2015 and not have received an Inc.credible Award in the last three years. Nominees do not have to be a GLI member and self-nominations are welcomed and encouraged.


About Greater Louisville Inc.

Greater Louisville Inc. - the Metro Chamber of Commerce is focused on growing the regional economy. As the region’s largest convener of business leadership, GLI leads economic and global outreach strategies focused on business attraction; nurtures the entrepreneurial eco-system; and champions the development of the community’s talent base.  As the voice of Greater Louisville’s business community, GLI advocates for a pro-business environment and facilitates businesses engagement on issues that impact regional competitiveness.  For more information, visit www.greaterlouisville.com.