Columbus Chamber Honors 2012 Business Summit Award Recipients

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Columbus, OH – Six leaders from four growing businesses were honored today at the Columbus Chamber Business Summit. The Business Summit Awards celebrate those who have achieved commercial success and contributed to the economic development of the Columbus Region.

“Entrepreneurs and small business leaders are engines that drive our economy forward. The Chamber is proud to support these businesses, and today we lift up the best of the best with the Business Summit Awards,” said Michael Dalby, president and CEO, Columbus Chamber.

Chosen from a field of more than 150 nominees, honorees demonstrated strength and achievement in categories ranging from innovation to diversity. Each is considered a small business, with less than 500 employees. This year’s Columbus Chamber Business Summit award recipients in each category were:

Adapt and Innovate
Pamela Springer, president/CEO of Manta
Recognizes those who evolved their business in spite of economic obstacles and other challenges. Presented by Award Partner Oxford Consulting.

Emerging Excellence
Debra Jasper, Ph.D. and Betsy Hubbard, co-founders of Mindset Digital, LLC
Highlights the leadership of one of the region’s newest businesses that is finding success and gaining prominence in the marketplace. Presented by Award Partner OhioHealth.

Diversity Leadership
Otto Beatty, III and Brian Brooks, co-owners of E.E. Ward Moving & Storage Co. LLC
Honors a minority or woman-owned business leader that promotes an atmosphere of inclusion within his or her day-to-day business operations. Presented by Award Partner Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP.

Young Professional Leadership
Michelle Galligan, CEO of ViaVero Consulting
Recognizes an outstanding young professional who is already making a positive impact with his or her talents and abilities. Presented by Award Partner Aileron.

Profiles of each recipient, as well as the award finalists, can be read on the Columbus Chamber blog.

Award recipients were announced during the luncheon portion of today’s Columbus Chamber Business Summit, which also included a keynote address from Mark Kvamme, former president of JobsOhio. Prior to the luncheon, attendees participated in interactive panel discussions focused on branding and entrepreneurship.

The event continued the Chamber’s and its Small Business Council’s tradition of the Small Business Forum and Leader Awards and the organization’s long history of supporting and honoring the business community.

The Columbus Chamber is small business focused. Ninety percent of the Chamber’s members are small businesses, and no other local organization is as deeply connected to this group as the Chamber.

“Whether it is through surveys, other research, one-on-one connections, or events, the Columbus Chamber keeps its finger on the pulse of small business. And we continually evolve our programs and services to better serve them,” Dalby said.

The Columbus Chamber Business Summit was presented by Commerce National Bank, presenting partner Columbus C.E.O Magazine, and honorary chair Mike Rosati of Rosati Windows. Additional support from AEP Energy, Big Lots, City of Columbus, State Auto Insurance Companies and Wells Fargo.