2021 Family & Private Business Awards 


The Annual Family and Private Business Awards are designed to showcase the unique successes of the Greater Cincinnati region’s family and private businesses that have contributed to our economic and community growth through the application of one or more of the 10 Best Practices of Family and Private Businesses. These best practices include leadership development, the use of outside boards, having a dynamic business strategy, and giving back.


Though we are not hosting an in-person awards ceremony in 2021, we will honor the businesses that uplift, empower, and advance our region across all our communication channels, including a special supplement in the Cincinnati Business Courier. Our awards offer an outstanding opportunity to bring recognition to your business and your incredible work. 

Applying is simple  answer the three questions below, and you are on your way! 

Applications are due June 30, 2021 at midnight. 

Applicant Information

(Principal Owner or CEO)

  • Family Owned: Business in which two or more family members are employed in the business, share ownership, or are primary decision makers; the business family has majority ownership; and are not publicly traded.

  • Privately Held: An individual or non-related individuals own more than 50% of the company.

2021 Awards Criteria - Commitment to Connection 

The mission of the Goering Center is to nurture and educate family and private businesses to drive a vibrant economy. Each year, the Goering Center recognizes companies that embody the ideals of the Center and what we consider to be the qualities of great organizations. Through our annual Family and Private Business Awards, local businesses have a unique opportunity to showcase their successes and the impact they are having in their community. 

To apply for a 2021 Family and Private Business Award, please answer the following three questions: 


Question #1  How did you maintain connection and/or overcome connection challenges at a time when social distancing was mandated and working remotely became mainstream? This may include connection with your employees, vendors, stakeholders, customers and/or clients, partners, family members, community, or core business values. 


Question #2 What were the most significant lessons learned from maintaining connection and/or overcoming your connection challenges? 


Question #3 Which strategies, processes, practices, or infrastructure did you implement that you intend to keep in place or expand upon, and did they lead to business growth? 


Total response not to exceed 1,500 words.   

Helpful hint: Take some time to compose your answers in a Word document and email the document along with this form when you are satisfied with your answers to goering@uc.edu. 

All Honorees and Finalists will be featured in a special print edition of the Cincinnati Business Courier, which is distributed to over 13,000 addresses in our area, as well as on the Goering Center website and social media channels. 

Please provide a company profile that introduces your company to the Business Courier readers. Consider this the “Meet & Greet” section of your application let your passion and excitement show as if you are introducing your company to someone that has never heard of it before. Your Company Profile needs to be 150 words or less. 

Define the nature of your business, provide vital information highlighting your company’s history (such as founding date, years in business), share your company’s vision and mission, your business accomplishments, and your company’s aspirations.  Describe the qualities that make your business so special. In reflection of this year's criteria, focus on how you feel your contributions helped improve your community. 

Please upload a high-resolution version below or email your logo to goering@uc.edu.

Please Read:
If your company is named one of the Finalists, your "Company Profile" section will appear as written (or with minor corrections) in the September 17, 2021 edition of the Business Courier and/or other event publications. Please do not include any information you do not wish to be published. Please review and proof your content as neither the Goering Center nor the Business Courier will be responsible for the release of information or errors in your copy.  

Applications will be reviewed by a panel of independent judges.

If you have any questions about the Awards, please contact Maria Mentzel at 513-556-7185 or via email at goering@uc.edu.

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