Small Business of the Year Award

  • Greater Fort Wayne Inc., is excited to celebrate the success of small businesses and honor their contributions to greater Fort Wayne’s economic growth. The winner of the Small Business of the Year award will be recognized at the GFW Inc. Annual Meeting on Thursday, May 25 from 5 to 7:30 pm. If you would like to nominate your small business for this award, please review the eligibility criteria below and ensure your business meets all criteria. Deadline to complete nomination form is noon on Friday, April 28, 2017. Questions? Contact Jami Thomas at (260) 203-5766 or
  • AWARD ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA (all must be met)

    Eligible businesses must:

    • Be a Greater Fort Wayne Inc., investor in good standing
    • Be located in Fort Wayne or Allen County
    • Have been in business for 5 years or more
    • Have 50 or fewer full time employees
    • Have revenue up to $5 million in 2016
    • Be an independently owned and operated, for-profit entity

    Please note: GFW Inc., employee-owned businesses, either in part or whole, and businesses of the GFW Inc., Board of Directors are not eligible to apply for the Small Business of the Year Award. Past award winners are not eligible to win.

  • Nomination Questions

    The nominations will be scored based on the business responses to the questions below.