ccording to an article by Dave DeWitte, SourceMedia Group News, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has presented Genova Technologies Inc. and Raining Rose Inc. of Cedar Rapids with its Blue Ribbon Small Business award.
The award recognizes businesses for their critical role in job creation and economic growth and honors their commitment to their employees, customers, and community.
“The recipients of this year’s Blue Ribbon Small Business Award are on the forefront of our economic recovery,” said Thomas J. Donohue, U.S. Chamber president and CEO. “These Iowa companies represent our nation’s job creators, and this award recognizes their significant contributions to our economy.”
THe 75 Blue Ribbon winners were selected from a record number of nationwide applicants and will be honored at America’s Small Business Summit 2011, May 23–25, in Washington, D.C.
On March 14, seven of the Blue Ribbon businesses will be announced as award finalists, and one will be named the DREAM BIG Small Business of the Year during America’s Small Business Summit. The winner will be presented with a $10,000 cash prize courtesy of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Blue Ribbon businesses are also eligible for the Community Excellence Award, decided in March by online public voting. In addition, 25 Free Enterprise Honorees were commended for their strong business practices and contributions to the economy.