Feb. 24, 2011
Event Expo, COSE Small Business Conference Collect Connectors Choice Awards
CLEVELAND (Feb. 24, 2011) — Event Expo and the COSE Small Business Conference garnered honors as the top events of 2010 Wednesday night at the fourth-annual Connectors Choice Awards (CCA) celebration at the House of Blues Cleveland.
Event Expo, produced last April 29 by Event Source and Team Promotions, won the best networking event category for the third consecutive year. In addition, Event Source was named the top event rental company for the third straight year.
The Small Business Conference, hosted Oct. 20-21 by the Council of Smaller Enterprises, was named the best corporate event for the first time.
Two other 2010 events grabbed CCA honors Wednesday night: the 15th annual Links for Life golf outing hosted by the Suicide Prevention Education Alliance and the first-ever Rainbow Jumper Challenge fundraiser, sponsored by University Hospitals Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital Circle of Friends.
GhostLight Productions CEO Deborah Smythe Hermann was named the best event planner while, in the new category of rising star, Alicia Hansen of the Arthritis Foundation’s Northeastern Ohio Chapter took home top honors. Earning best speaker honors was Katherine Miracle of Miracle Resources.
Nineteen categories — all specific to the local event-planning industry and networking community — were recognized by the CCA, the annual awards program hosted by Cleveland Business Connects (CBC) magazine. The general public determined the winners by casting a record 3,762 online ballots between mid-December and mid-January. Prior to that a judging panel comprised of three prominent industry representatives had pared an original list of reader-recommended nominees to three per category.
Approximately 400 business professionals attended the CCA ceremony, which was sponsored by CBC, the Cleveland Indians, Champagne Entertainment, Don Bensman Photography, Jones Printing, Signs PDQ, and the House of Blues Cleveland.
The complete list of 2011 CCA winners:
BEST PROMOTIONAL/CORPORATE GIFT COMPANY
BEST NONPROFIT FUNDRAISER
First Annual Rainbow Jumper Challenge (University Hospitals Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital Circle of Friends)
BEST CORPORATE GOLF OUTING
15th Annual Links for Life Tournament (Suicide Prevention Education Alliance)
BEST TRADESHOW COMPANY
Ohio Displays Inc. (ODI)
BEST TECHNICAL SUPPORT COMPANY
Rock The House (RTH) Entertainment Group
BEST EVENT RENTAL COMPANY
BEST ONSITE CATERER
BEST OFFSITE CATERER
BEST FLORAL DESIGN COMPANY
Blooms by Plantscaping
Sawmill Creek Resort
BEST TRADITIONAL VENUE
Wyndham Cleveland at PlayhouseSquare
BEST NONTRADITIONAL VENUE
House of Blues Cleveland
BEST SPEAKER/MEETING FACILITATOR
Katherine Miracle (Miracle Resources)
BEST NETWORKING ORGANIZATION
Sales and Marketing Executives (SME) of Cleveland
BEST WOMEN’S NETWORKING ORGANIZATION
Ladies Who Launch Cleveland/Akron
BEST NETWORKING EVENT
Event Expo 2010 (Event Source, Team Promotions)
Alicia Hansen (Arthritis Foundation’s Northeastern Ohio Chapter)
BEST CORPORATE EVENT PLANNER
Deborah Smythe Hermann (GhostLight Productions)
CORPORATE EVENT OF THE YEAR
COSE Small Business Conference (Council of Smaller Enterprises)
About CBC Magazine: Established in 2007, CBC Magazine is business-to-business magazine that concentrates on corporate trends, networking, and special events and is delivered throughout Northeast Ohio to 20,000 sales and marketing executives, event planners, human resource directors, public relations professionals, vice presidents of corporations, and female entrepreneurs. For further information, visit www.cbcmagazine.com .