Circle of Excellence Awards Nominations

The Circle of Excellence Awards program recognizes the region’s most accomplished CEOs for business excellence in distinct categories. Companies are nominated from all size and industry categories, public or private. Each year, an independent committee of local business leaders selects the winners based on their industry impact and market leadership. Finalists are profiled in the November/December issue of SmartCEO magazine and celebrated at an awards reception in November, where the winners are announced live.


Who Should Apply?

  • Companies must be headquartered in the Greater Baltimore or Philadelphia metro markets.
  • Companies must generate a minimum of $5 million in annual revenue.
  • Applicant must hold a top leadership role in their company (chairman, CEO, president, owner, executive director of a nonprofit) for at least one year.
  • The company must provide detailed and tangible accounts of its industry impact, market leadership and community involvement.


How your nominee is selected:

Upon completion of the application, applicants will receive notification that their application has been received and is under review. All applicants will be evaluated by an independent panel of local business leaders and assessed strictly based on the information provided in the application.