Hosted at JoJo's Java Lounge
2709 Eastland Mall
Columbus, OH 43232
(Inside Eastland Mall)
Nominees may be self nominated or nominated by others. Nominees can be considered for multiple categories.
The first nomination will be for entry. Any additional nominations will translate into automatic votes during the voting window and be featured highlights for that nominee. Because this is people's choice style, there will be one vote per day, per individual voter.
Best Youth Entrepreneur
Awarded to rising stars ages 16 and under who display continued growth, drive, and development in business.
Nominees in this category will be awarded virtually on June 19, 2021 and notified in advance.
Best In Fashion + Retail
Awarded to businesses who excel in in the fashion and retail industry. Nominees must sell clothes, jewelry or other retail items. Nominees should exemplify stellar customer service and product availability, as well as fashion forward merchandise and variety.
Best In Food + Hospitality
Awarded to businesses who excel in in the food and hospitality industry. Nominees must provide food or catering services. This is not limited to full service meals, but also to sweets and treats professionals. Nominees should have exceptional visual presentation, high quality ingredients and menu options, and on time service.
Best In Digital Presentation
Awarded to businesses who excel in digital marketing and social media presence. Nominees should showcase a positive and visually appealing digital presence. Nominees can also be digital content creators with an expansive portfolio and progressive outlook for the digital world.
The Community Impact Award
Awarded to businesses who excel in making an impact within the Black community. Nominees should showcase ongoing efforts through events, foundations, community service, or mentorship. Nominees in this category can be an individual, groups, or 501c(3).
Best In Professional Services
Awarded to businesses who excel in professional services that are not classified as food service or digital content creators (social media). Nominees may be graphic designers, personal assistants, photographers, and other business service businesses.
For The People Award
Awarded to businesses who excel in providing foundations, organizations, or events that are dedicated to a specific cause or efforts. Nominees should showcase a variety of efforts that bring awareness or financial support to the betterment of the their chosen cause.
Well Being Award
Awarded to businesses who excel in the education, development, and advancement of healthy lifestyles in the Black community. Nominees in this category can be advocates, health coaches, fitness instructors, or influencers who showcase a journey to a healthier lifestyle.
Awarded to individuals or businesses who are rising influencers in the Black community. These individuals are those who use their platform to continually support, promote, and refer Black owned businesses. Influencers are defined by their social media presence to help BOB's grow and acquire clientele. Nominees may manage a social media page or use their personal platform to accomplish these efforts.
Beauty Icon Award
Awarded to individuals or businesses who excel in the beauty industry. Nominees are distinguished by their portfolio and professionalism. Nominees should be committed to the message of inner beauty while still providing services with stellar outcomes. This award will be presented as a red carpet award during cocktail hour.
Be Registered with The State of Ohio
(except youth award)
Have a Business Social Media Account and/or Website
Be Potentially be Available the Evening on 6.18 and 6.19
(or have a representative available)
Nominations submitted below until May 15, 2021
Voting window from May 17-June 9, 2021
(Link Will be Provided)
Top 3 will move forward to Awards Gala on June 19, 2021 | Starting at 5pm
Up to 2 Guests ($55/each) | Live Streamed
Honorable Mentions to set up during Sip and Shop June 18, 2021 | 6pm-9pm
Winners Will be Awarded with A Plaque, Professional Headshots, and Automatic Entry into to
2021 We Mean Business Expo June 26, 2021. Winners will also have the opportunity to present the award to the following year's recipient (unless they are a nominee).