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Nominations from Businesses Sought for Governor’s ImPact Awards

By Colin McEvoy on December 19, 2014

YellowGovThe state of Pennsylvania is seeking applications for businesses eligible for the Governor’s ImPAct Awards, which honor companies that have made a substantial impact on the state through job creation or retention.

Five Lehigh Valley companies were recognized last year with Governor’s ImPAct Awards. All 2015 nominations must be submitted by January 15 to be eligible. The awards ceremony will be held May 21 in Hershey.

To be considered for an award, companies must be a for-profit entity, publicly or privately held, with headquarters or significant operations in Pennsylvania. It must be in business for a minimum of one year and be in good standing with the state.

“Today, we honor the men and women who spend countless hours providing the leadership and care that it takes to run a successful and growing business,” Gov. Tom Corbett said at last year’s ceremony, according to a press release. “This recognition goes beyond the contributions made to Pennsylvania’s diverse and vibrant economy. Today, we celebrate Pennsylvanians who embody the American dream by taking risks, working hard and achieving success.”

A nominee can enter only one of the five awards categories, which include:

  • Community ImPAct Award – This award is given to a company that shows a sustained commitment to the growth and development of its employees and the community in which it does business.
  • Entrepreneur ImPAct Award – This is given to an entrepreneur who has led his or her company to a position of strength in the marketplace through creativity, innovation, managerial ability or leadership skills.
  • Export ImPAct Award – This award is given to a company that has significantly increased its export sales and the number of new foreign markets it sells to since 2012.
  • Jobs First ImPAct Award – This is awarded to a company that has demonstrated consistent job growth and retention over the past two years.
  • Small Business ImPAct Award – This award is given to a company of 100 employees or less that has been an innovator within its industry, demonstrated revenue/profit growth, increased its workforce and committed to the growth and development of its employees and community.

The five Lehigh Valley companies to receive 2014 Governors ImPAct Awards included:

  • Community ImPAct Award – B. Braun Medical, Bethlehem
  • Entrepreneur ImPAct Award – CAI Inc. / Computer Aid, Allentown
  • Export ImPAct Award – Bitronics LLC/NovaTech LLC, Bethlehem
  • Jobs First ImPAct Award – Samuel Adams Pennsylvania Brewery, Breinigsville
  • Small Business ImPAct Award – HindlePower, Inc., Easton

All nominations must be submitted to the appropriate PREP Region Coordinator. Visit this site for more information. Previous award winners are eligible to participate in the program. The awards are sponsored by the Office of the Governor, the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) and Team PA Foundation.

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