Business Excellence Awards deadline getting closer

The nomination deadline is less than a month away for New Hampshire Business Review’s 2011 Business Excellence Awards – awards that recognize the imagination, industriousness, innovation, achievements and dedication of small-business owners and operators of businesses with 100 employees or fewer.Deadline for nominations is Friday, Aug. 26.The awards — which honor the accomplishments of the state’s small-business owners and operators — are given in 13 categories: Business Services, Construction, Financial Services, Health Care, Hospitality, Manufacturing, Media & Marketing, Non-Profit, Professional Services, Public Service, Real Estate, Retail and Technology.To obtain nomination forms, call 603-624-1442, ext. 118, or e-mail Nominations also can be submitted online at will be honored at an evening reception on Thursday, Oct. 27, at the Radisson Hotel in Manchester.Sponsors of the event include FairPoint Communications, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care of New England, Public Service of New Hampshire, Laconia Savings Bank, J Maze Design, Merrimack Street Volvo, the New Hampshire Division of Economic Development, WGIR-AM610 and New Hampshire Public Television.