Goering Center 22nd Annual Family and Private Business Awards

The mission of the Goering Center is to nurture and educate family and private businesses to drive a vibrant economy. Each year we recognize companies that represent the ideals of the Center and what we know to be the qualities of great organizations. Our annual awards provide businesses with a unique opportunity to showcase their successes and the impact they are making in our community. 

Celebrate with Us

Each year in September, the Goering Center recognizes and celebrates businesses, and Rising Leaders, who have demonstrated exceptional achievements in one or more of our 10 Best Practices of Family and Private Businesses, thereby positively impacting their organizations and communities. We have celebrated extraordinary businesses, volunteers and rising leaders over the past many years, as referenced on our Historical Honorees page, and it is one of our most enjoyable, powerful and proud annual events.


Nominations open at the beginning of the second quarter each year. You may nominate any family or private Cincinnati Tri-State region business, whether or not they are a current Goering Center member. Nominated businesses will receive an invitation from the Goering Center to apply for an award.


Businesses are invited to apply for an award at the beginning of the second quarter each year also. You may apply directly for an award for your business or nominate your own or another business (see above).

Rising Leaders

One of a leader's key responsibilities is to identify and develop future leaders. To demonstrate its commitment to this region’s future generation of leaders, the Goering Center honors one Rising Leader at its annual Family and Private Business Awards. By investing in a rising generation of leaders, we lay a foundation for succession, and by acknowledging the accomplishments of these rising leaders, we create highly engaged and motivated teams. These new leaders shape the future of our companies and collectively grow our regional economy. 

Our Honorees


CONGRATULATIONS to our 2021 Honorees!

Read our 2021 Family and Private Business Awards supplement in the Cincinnati Business Courier, or

Watch our 2021 Honoree video clips and learn more about their pandemic connections stories.

Click here for a list of our Historical Honorees.

For more information about the Family and Private Business Awards, please email goering@uc.edu