If you know a successful company in the Pittsburgh Airport Area, please consider nominating them for an “ACE Award” through the Pittsburgh Airport Area Chamber of Commerce. Next Level Purchasing was the 2006 winner of the Innovative Business of the Year award and, this year, I am co-chairing the committee.

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The awards include:

Young Entrepreneur Award – Recognizes the Founder, CEO, Owner or President of a company (must be under 40 years of age) who has demonstrated strong community involvement and displayed a positive and diverse social impact on the region. They will have used technology or new business practices to move a company from early growth to some maturity. (Employs no more than 100 employees).

Innovative Business of the Year Award – Recognizes a business that has developed a new technology, innovative product or service or applied a business system or service in an innovative way. The business must be able to quantify its growth and provide a detailed explanation of the new product, service, or system. Nominee should provide description of implementing innovative solutions to achieve operational efficiency and business results.
(Employs no more than 100 employees).

Small Business Advocate of the Year Award – Recognizes an individual who enhances a small business through his or her employment, community involvement or professional affiliation. This individual may work for a company that employs more than 100 employees and should be active in the community (not just networking)- making a difference!

Small Business Excellence Award – Recognizes a business started in the region who has survived for three or more years and has demonstrated the ability to overcome obstacles including access to capital, operational efficiency, control of expenses, customer loyalty and distribution of products or services.The business should also provide a historical index of growth in revenues and workforce. (Employs no more than 100 employees).

Do you know of a company that is deserving of one of these awards? Do them a favor and nominate them! Winning in 2006 was a great accomplishment for Next Level Purchasing and I’m sure this year’s winners will feel fortunate and galvanized by a victory or even a nomination.

Just so it’s clear, because I am co-chairing the committee, Next Level Purchasing is not eligible to win. But thanks anyway if you thought of nominating us! I would simply love to see another deserving business get due recognition.

For a nomination form, go to http://www.paacc.com/Ace%20Award%20Files/09%20ACE/09ACENominationform.pdf

To Your Career,
Charles Dominick, SPSM
President & Chief Procurement Officer
Next Level Purchasing, Inc.
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Charles Dominick, SPSM, SPSM2, SPSM3

Charles Dominick, SPSM, SPSM2, SPSM3 is an internationally-recognized business expert, legendary procurement thought leader, award-winning entrepreneur, and provocative blogger. Charles founded the Next Level Purchasing Association in 2000, oversaw its incredible growth, and successfully led the organization to its acquisition by the Certitrek Group in 2016. He continues to blog and provide advisory services for the NLPA on a part-time basis as he incubates his upcoming business innovations. Charles is also the co-author of the wildly popular, groundbreaking book, "The Procurement Game Plan: Winning Strategies & Techniques For Supply Management Professionals."

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