The process

Nominations must include all information requested in order to be eligible. Decisions are based on the track record of the business, growth in sales, employees, and markets, innovations it has made and challenges faced, and contributions to the community that owners have made. Financial results are part of the criteria. Nominations are due Aug. 25.

Small Business Awards

Advocate Award

Leading Awards

Who is eligible for nomination?

Small businesses located in the seven-county area of Northwest Indiana: Lake, Porter, LaPorte, Starke, Jasper, Pulaski and Newton counties.

Businesses with at least a 3-year track record of growth in sales or employees and strong growth potential.

Not sure if you want to nominate or be nominated? We can assist you with any questions. Just call us at (219) 644-3513 or email us at




Again this year, we have fillable PDF forms for each category listed below. Just click on the category to access each form, fill it out and save to your hard drive before emailing the completed form to  Additional support for nominations can include letters of recommendation, website or news clips, resumes or company marketing material etc. Nominators who prefer the original process may still click on the picture above for the traditional packet form.