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Events: Small Business Impact Awards

The Little Rock Regional Chamber is excited to announce the 5th annual Small Business Impact Awards, presented by the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Centerhonoring five small businesses in our area for their contribution to our growing economy and community. Can you think of an outstanding small business that falls into one or more of the following categories? You can submit multiple nominations for any or all of the categories. Self-nominations are accepted and encouraged. 

Nominations for 2023 are now closed!!

The awards will be announced at a luncheon on Thursday, May 4, 2023.


SMALL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR, presented by Apartment Hunters: awarded to a small business within the Little Rock region that exemplifies both business and civic leadership. Community involvement, management practices and overall financial performance are the primary criteria for this category

WOMAN-OWNED BUSINESS OF THE YEAR: presented by The Ambassadors of Little Rock Regional Chamber: awarded to a small business within the Little Rock region that is 51% or more owned and operated by a woman and shows evidence of success as measured by sales and profits. It should demonstrate the entrepreneurial potential necessary for long-term business success and economic growth.

The LOVE LITTLE ROCK AWARD, presented by Barry M. Corkern & Co., Inc.: awarded to a small business within the Little Rock region that actively contributes to quality of place and our community. This business regularly engages with other small businesses to create unique collaborations, donates time and resources to its community, and vocally champions Little Rock and its diverse population.

COMMUNITY IMPACT OF THE YEAR AWARD, presented by Create Little Rock: awarded to a 501c3 nonprofit, founded and operated within the Little Rock region, that impacts the community through advocating, enabling and empowering an underserved, underrepresented or disadvantaged population in our area.

HEALTH & WELLNESS SMALL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR AWARD, presented by Baptist Health: awarded to a small business within the Little Rock region that demonstrates service and exceptional leadership which have improved the health of the Little Rock regional community. Award winners serve as an example for others in the community by actively supporting the health and wellness of their employees and the community at large through initiatives that address poverty, nutrition or quality of life.

Established by the Little Rock Regional Chamber in 2019, the Small Business Impact Awards honor local businesses and organizations for their innovation, celebrate their vision and publicly appreciate their contributions to the quality of life in the community and at their place of work.

The Small Business Impact Awards immediately position finalists as leaders in their industry and community and offer unparalleled opportunities to spotlight the organizations before an audience of business and civic leaders. Finalists receive extensive exposure leading up to the award presentation.  

How It Works

  • Nominations are accepted.
  • Nominated businesses are asked to fill out an application in order to become an official "SBIA Nominated Business."
  • Applicants complete their application. 
  • Applications are judged anonymously by a group of judges from the chamber's Small Business Growth Committee. 
  • Finalists are notified.
  • Finalists are announced.
  • Winners are announced at the Small Business Impact Awards. 



Do I have to be a member of the Little Rock Regional Chamber to be nominated for an award?
Good news! You don't have to be a member to be nominated!

Can I find out who nominated my company?
Nominations are submitted online and, unfortunately, we keep that information private. But someone thinks your business is awesome!

Can I nominate my own company?
Yes, we encourage it!

What are the requirements to be eligible for a Small Business Impact Award?
Here are the requirements:

  • 250 employees or less
  • Locally owned and privately held in the Little Rock region. Check to see if you're located within the defined area here.

How are applications scored?
Applications are scored by a select group of business professionals in the Little Rock region. All applications are anonymous. This means we take all identifying information out of your application before the judges read them.

See the 2023 Finalists >
See the 2022 Finalists & Winners >

Want to know more? Contact Stacy Wilson at

Need more information?

If you have questions about how the chamber can help your business or how you can get involved in growing our regional economy, drop us a line.