CORVALLIS - Nominations are open for Oregon State University's Austin Family Business Program 2005 Excellence in Family Business Awards.

The awards honor the innovation and hard work of Oregon's family-owned businesses, said Austin Family Business Program Director Mark Green.

Nomination information is available online at or by calling the Austin Family Business Program at 800-859-7609, or 541-737-3326.

Deadline for nominations is April 1. Family businesses can also apply directly for the awards, with a May 1 deadline.

"Families own and operate approximately 80 percent of all businesses in the United States," Green said. And family firms provide jobs for more than half of the nation's workforce, he added.

Applications will be rated by a panel of judges, as well as through an automated scoring process.

"The three highest scoring applicants from each division are required to make a presentation to the judges in June in Portland," Green said.

West Coast Bank is lead sponsor for the program. Additional sponsors include: Black Helterline; DeLap White Caldwell & Croy; MassMutual Financial Group; Boldt, Carlisle & Smith; The Rainier Group; and media sponsor, The Business Journal.

One winner and two finalists will be named in four divisions that are determined by company size. The divisions are: Micro (nine or fewer employees); Small (10 to 24 employees); Medium (25 to 99 employees); and Large (100 or more employees).

The Excellence in Family Business Awards will be announced at a ceremony on Thursday, Nov. 17, at the Oregon Zoo in Portland.


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Mark Green, 800-859-7609