Business Excellence Award nominations sought

Nominations are now being accepted for NHBR’s 2012 Business Excellence Awards, which are celebrating their 10th year of recognizing the state’s standout businesses.For a decade, the awards have recognized the imagination, innovation, achievements and dedication to the larger community of people who often don’t get the kind of public recognition that they deserve: small-business owners and operators.The awards are presented to businesses of 100 employees or fewer in 12 categories: business services, construction, financial services, health care, hospitality, manufacturing, media and marketing, nonprofit, professional services, real estate, retail and technology.Past winners have contributed not just to the success of their own companies, but to their local communities as well.Winners will be selected by a panel of judges and recognized at an evening reception on Oct. 30 at the Radisson Hotel in Manchester.The 10th annual Business Excellence Awards are sponsored by Citizens Bank, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care of New England, Bank of New Hampshire, OTT Communications, Merrimack Street Volvo, Public Service of New Hampshire and the state Division of Economic Development.Click for more information or to submit a nomination — which will be accepted through Friday, Aug. 24.