Goering Center 21st Annual Family and Private Business Awards

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Nominate. Apply. Celebrate.

As for every other organization, COVID-19 quarantine has challenged us to operate in unprecedented ways. We all have had to rethink how to conduct business. During the past nine weeks we have heard incredible stories of innovation, resilience, tenacity and compassion from the tri-state business community.  From distilleries converting their operations to make hand sanitizer, to food trucks feeding long-haul truckers for free, our community is clearly riding a wave of good will. But no less remarkable are the countless businesses that figured out how to pivot successfully — continuing to serve their customers, employ their teams and just do what needs to get done.

The show must go on

We are so inspired by these stories that, even though we cannot in all good conscience hold our usual Awards celebration at the Casino, we will use all the tools at our disposal to highlight and celebrate the companies who didn’t just survive, but who thrived through it all. 

All honorees, from businesses to rising leaders to our volunteer of the year, will be recognized in a Cincinnati Business Courier supplement coming out on 9/18. In addition, all honorees will be recognized and celebrated across our social media channels and website. 

Nominate a business for recognition

Nominations are closed for 2020. 

We are collecting the stories of businesses that have been changed forever and for the better — as well as companies that transformed out of necessity.

2020 Criteria - Cincinnati Region Success Stories

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 believe are qualities of great organizations. Businesses have a unique opportunity to showcase their successes and the impact they are making in our community.

To apply for a 2020 Family and Private Business Awards choose one:

  1. How did your business adapt during the COVID-19 crisis? What strategies were employed by management and/or staff? Include areas of innovation, discipline and creativity utilized in your business.
  2. What was the biggest breakthrough or accomplishment that really distinguished your company in the past year – particularly one that had an impact on the community, the vision for your business, the experience of your customers or the engagement of your employees?

Applications are closed for 2020. 


2019 Honorees

Family Business

1-20 Employees: The Wildflower Café
21-100 Employees: Trophy Awards Mfg. Inc.
101+ Employees: Best Upon Request Corporate Inc.

Private Business

1-20 Employees: Torch Prep
21-100 Employees: Steinhauser
101+ Employees: Cincinnati Incorporated

Greater Cincinnati Family Business Hall of Fame Award

Home City Ice

For more information about the Family and Private Business Awards, please contact Cathy Decker at cathy.decker@uc.edu or 513-556-7185. See photos and winners from the 20th annual awards, here.