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Nominations open for CBICC Excellence in Business Awards

by on October 05, 2016 9:43 AM

The Chamber of Business & Industry of Centre County is now accepting nominations for its 2016 Excellence in Business Awards.

Presented in partnership with Pennsylvania Business Central, the awards recognize Centre County businesses in six categories:

- Technology Company of the Year

- Entrepreneur of the Year

- Business Leader of the Year

- Visionary Company of the Year

- Small Business of the Year

- Young Professional of the Year

Nomination forms are available at and the nomination process continues through Nov. 15. Finalists and winners will be chosen by an independent panel of community and business leaders.

“The Excellence in Business Awards are a wonderful opportunity to showcase the strength and diversity of Centre County’s business community,” said Vern Squier, CBICC President and CEO. “We encourage businesses of all sizes and industries to submit a nomination and join us December 15 as we celebrate local business.”

Awards will be presented at the Excellences in Business Vision Dinner on Dec. 15 at Mountain View Country Club. CBICC also will recognize the 2016 Economic Development Champion. The award was first presented in 2015, to Penn State President Eric Barron.

The Vision Dinner will feature keynote speaker John D. Bassett III, chairman of Vaughan-Basset Furniture and author of "Making It in America." Bassett has worked in the industry for 55 years and has led Vaughan Bassett to become the largest wooden bedroom furniture manufacturer in the U.S.

Geoff Rushton is managing editor for Contact him at or find him on Twitter at @geoffrushton.
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