The Greensboro Chamber of Commerce announced this week that it has opened nominations for its 2022 Small Business Awards.

The chamber is looking for suggestions for local businesses that meet the following criteria: They have fewer than 100 employees and have “an established and viable business, have shown growth in employees and/or sales volume, have responded to adversity, and are involved in community service.”

Anyone who wants to nominate a small business may go to to submit the candidate.

Greensboro Chamber of Commerce President Brent Christensen, in a press release announcing the 2022 award process, stated that local small businesses are “a vibrant and integral part of Greensboro’s character and economy,” and he added that “Taking time to honor them is one of the most important things we can do to celebrate and encourage their growth in Greensboro and the Triad.”

Christensen, like other area economic development officials, has been in a very, very, good mood lately due to announcements that Toyota and Boom Supersonic will be locating massive projects near Greensboro.  While those giant projects get much of the publicity, the chamber also wants to this year – as it has in the past – shed some light of appreciation on the small businesses that help this area thrive and that give back to the community.

This year, the Chamber will present four different awards:

  • Community Contributor Award, which will pay tribute to an organization or individual that “makes a big difference in the lives of the local small business community, contributing to their success as an advocate, champion, and tangible resource.”
  • Pivot Pro Award, which will recognize a small business that’s managed to adapt to “the changing landscape of its industry, thriving despite uncertainty.”
  • Culture Creator Award offered to a small business that’s been “intentional in creating and demonstrating a culture of inclusivity and equity, while continually investing in the development and wellbeing of their employees.”
  • Small Business of the Year Award will go to a local company that exemplifies “both business and civic leadership through community involvement, management practices, and overall financial performance.”