CORVALLIS - Applauding the innovations and efforts of family-owned businesses, Oregon State University's Austin Family Business Program has opened nominations for the 1999 Oregon Family Business of the Year Awards.

In conjunction with corporate partner US Bank and award underwriters MassMutual, Perkins and Company, P.C., and Tarlow, Jordan and Schrader, the awards are open to any family business; with the exception of prior winners who may not win again in the same category. Nominations can be made by anyone, including employees and business associates and should be sent by May 15, 1999.

Once elected, nominees will receive an invitation to apply. Applications will remain active for three years.

Winners in six categories - large, medium, small, old, new and women- or couple-owned - will be honored at Family Business Day, an educational and awards event set for Wednesday, Nov. 17, at the Oregon Zoo in Portland.

For nomination forms and information, call OSU's Austin Family Business Program at 1-800-859-7609 or 1-541-737-3326.

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Maureen Reeves, 541-737-6018