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Business Diversity Recognized As Cincinatti USA CVB Unveils New 2013 Spirit Of Cincinnati USA Award

Horace Sudduth Progressive Business Award Honors Businesses Demonstrating Exemplary Dedication To Incorporating Diversity Into Their Business Model

The Cincinnati USA Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) has unveiled its first new Spirit of Cincinnati USA award in 15 years: The Horace Sudduth Progressive Business Award.

As minority populations continue to grow, now making up more than 30 percent of the U.S. general population, the creation of the Progressive Business Award reflects Cincinnati USA's own growing diversity in its business community. This award honors Cincinnati companies demonstrating exemplary dedication to incorporating inclusion into their daily operations and business practices, from supplier selection to workforce development.  

"The Cincinnati USA CVB is proud to be a part of such a vibrant and growing regional business community," said Dan Lincoln, president & CEO of the Cincinnati USA CVB. "The Horace Sudduth Progressive Business Award is a fantastic opportunity for our community to embrace and recognize those businesses making a positive impact on the region's spirit of inclusivity, and I look forward to honoring the winner at our upcoming Annual Meeting."

Eligible recipients should demonstrate one or more of the following criteria:

·Be an organization in the Cincinnati region that promotes inclusive excellence through a supplier diversity program and/or through recruitment and workforce development

·Demonstrate sustained commitment to the values of diversity, inclusion, and multiculturalism

·Make a positive impact on the community through business diversity programs 

The award's namesake is Cincinnati businessman Horace Sudduth, a strong supporter of progressive business thinking in the Cincinnati hospitality industry and business community more than a century ago. Born in Covington in 1888, Sudduth owned Cincinnati's Manse Hotel, a prominent area hotel known for hosting influential African-American visitors such as Sammy Davis Jr. Sudduth also served as president of the Industrial Federal Savings & Loan Association, the National Negro Business League, and the New Orphanage for Colored Children of Cincinnati, among other civic organizations.

The introduction of the Horace Sudduth Progressive Business Award is in conjunction with the CVB's recent rollout of a Supplier Diversity Program. This program aims to further the CVB's commitment to inclusive business practices through establishing relationships with minority and diverse businesses in the Cincinnati region.

"Today, minorities - African-Americans, Hispanics, Asian-Americans and Native Americans - command a purchasing power of more than $1 trillion," added Delores Hargrove-Young, board chair for the Cincinnati USA Convention & Visitors Bureau. "Those numbers reflect a clear business relevance for a committed, proactive program, and the CVB is taking a leadership role in developing an inclusive and measurable program that can set a new standard for CVBs around the country."

Nominations can be submitted online for all of the 2013 Spirit of Cincinnati USA Awards at through Tuesday, December 31, 2013. Winners will be recognized at the CVB's Annual Meeting in March 2014 at the Duke Energy Convention Center.

The other 2013 Spirit Awards are as follows:

·Champion Award for Convention/Meeting Sales. Presented to one or more individuals who have worked with the CVB to bring important meetings to Cincinnati USA.

·Wendell P. Dabney Award for Diversity. This award is named for the son of a Virginia slave who attended college in Cincinnati and was an author, publisher, musician and political activist early in the 20th century.  It recognizes people/organizations who, through their acts, events, or programs, further diversity and inclusion to the Cincinnati region, specifically in the hospitality/visitor industry. 

·Pinnacle Award for Outstanding Service. Honors individuals on the front line of the hospitality industry; those who go beyond the call of duty and set an example for others with their excellent customer service.

·Erich Kunzel Queen City Advocate. Named for the late Maestro and founder of the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, this award is given to individuals or organizations whose actions have attracted positive media coverage of Cincinnati USA.

·Partnership Award. Recognizes an individual or organization who has partnered with the Cincinnati USA CVB and made significant contributions to the local meetings and tourism industry.

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