Small Business Celebration

The Greater Bentonville Area Chamber of Commerce is now accepting applications for Small Business Celebration awards

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Every year since 1963, the President of the United States has issued a proclamation announcing National Small Business Week, which recognizes the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners.

According to the Small Business Administration, 99.3% of businesses in Arkansas are considered “small business”. Their value and the role they play in our economy is sometimes underestimated because, they are in fact, small. But the truth is there’s nothing small about the impact they have on our economy.

Economists theorize that small businesses and startups are some of the most important influencers for economic growth. Here at the Chamber, we think that should be recognized. We plan on doing so by celebrating and honoring the numerous and wonderful small businesses that have grown and continue to support our local economy.

The Bentonville Small Business Awards Celebration offers well-deserved recognition to small businesses for their achievements and contributions to our community by offering the opportunity to showcase their company, share their story and be rewarded for their efforts.

This year the Awards Celebration will be held at Ballroom on I Street on May 9, 2018 from 11:30am-1:00pm. Tickets and tables will be on sale soon, stay tuned. We hope you join us!

Small business can be nominated in the following categories:
Small Business of the Year
Emerging Small Business of the Year
Legacy Award
Non-Profit Organization of the Year
Women Owned Small Business of the Year
Small Business Owner under 30 of the Year
Minority Owned Business of the Year
The Max McGaugh Award

To nominate a business, complete the one page nomination online form below or download the paper form and return to Darrel Harvey via email or drop it off at the Chamber office c/o Darrel Harvey. Self nominations are accepted and encouraged.

The Chamber will then contact the nominee with details to submit an application packet in early February. Nominated businesses must be a member in good standing with the Greater Bentonville Area Chamber of Commerce.
Download Paper Nomination Form

Online Nomination Form


Winners will be announced at the Small Business Awards Celebration on May 9, 2018.