Nominate: Company categories by year (2017)

Nominate: Other awards (2017)

Every year, we ask our readers to nominate companies and individuals for honors in categories including Lifetime Achievement in Business and Entrepreneur of the Year.

Each nominee is put through a stringent independent judging process. The top three finalists are profiled in the special publication in July, with the winner in each category announced at the annual formal banquet. The culmination of the evening is the announcement of the annual Lifetime Achievement in Business honoree, also selected by the outside judging panel.

Back in 2015 after a five year hiatus, the Entrepreneur of the Year award will honor an area individual who took personal and financial risks to make their business dream a reality. The individual must operate within a 50-mile radius of Springfield.

This year's categories:

  • Lifetime Achievement in Business
  • Entrepreneur of the Year 
  • Business Advocate of the Year
  • Philanthropic Business of the Year
  • Community Champion Award
  • Charitable Nonprofit of the Year
  • Companies that have been operating locally for one to five years
  • Companies that have been operating locally for six to 15 years
  • Companies that have been operating locally for 16 to 29 years
  • Companies that have been operating locally for 30 or more years

Event Date: 7/27/2017
Location: Ramada Oasis Convention Center
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Nomination deadline: 4/14/2017
Deadline to purchase tickets: 7/24/2017
Ticket Price: $65
Contact: Diana Weber, (417) 831-3238 or

Past honorees

*Refund cancellations will be accepted up to one week prior to the event date. No refunds are available there after.