Awards Programs and Events

SmartCEO awards programs celebrate entrepreneurship and the achievements of executives and businesses throughout the region. Program winners and finalists are profiled in SmartCEO magazine and celebrated at high-energy, executive-level events that bring their stories to life. Each event incorporates exclusive networking, upscale cocktail hours, renowned speakers, inspiring videos and, of course, awards recognition.

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The Future 50 Awards program celebrates the region’s fastest-growing companies based on a three-year average of employee and revenue growth.

The Executive Management Awards program recognizes the leadership and accomplishments of the region’s executive management all-stars — CFOs, CIOs/CTOs, COOs and other Executives (CXOs).
The Family Business Awards program honors the family businesses that define “main street” and form the backbone of the American economy.

Brava Awards program recognizes female CEOs and executives who combine their irrepressible entrepreneurial spirit with a passion for mentoring and giving back to the community.
Cornerstone Awards program honors businesses that are not only economic drivers of their communities but also exemplary stewards. (Baltimore, Philadelphia, Washington)
Healthiest Company Awards
The Healthiest Company Awards program honors companies that have demonstrated a commitment to their employee populations through health and wellness programs. (Baltimore, Philadelphia, Washington)

The Centers of Influence Awards program honors a CEO’s most trusted advisors — the accountants, attorneys and bankers who have demonstrated leadership, innovation, impact, and an unrivaled commitment to their clients.

The Circle of Excellence Awards program recognizes CEOs who have succeeded in taking an aspect of their businesses to a level most companies rarely achieve. (Baltimore, Philadelphia)
The GovStar Awards program honors Greater Washington’s top government contracting firms and their distinguished achievements. (Washington)
The Corporate Culture Awards program honors companies that foster a creative, collaborative workplace culture that has helped them enhance performance and sustain a competitive advantage.