COSHOCTON -- The Coshocton County Chamber of Commerce is now accepting nominations for the Richard Rea Small Business of the Year Award. All nominations need to be submitted no later than Friday, March 23 at 4 p.m.

The award, sponsored by the Coshocton Kiwanis Club, is named in honor of Richard Rea, founder of Rea & Associates, and recognizes an outstanding small business in the Coshocton County community.

Nominations may be made by a customer, employee, owner, or friend of the business. The business, with 75 or fewer employees, must be located in Coshocton County, a member of the Coshocton County Chamber of Commerce, and have been in business for at least three years. Some of the factors used to determine the winner include: Creation of jobs, development of an innovative product or service, involvement of owners or employees in community activities and/or support

The Small Business of the Year Award will be presented at the Coshocton County Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner which will take place on April 20. Last year's winner was the Coshocton County Beacon.

Applications should be addressed to the Coshocton County Chamber of Commerce, 401 Main St.

A list of previous winners is available at the chamber of commerce and on the chamber website at www.coshoctonchamber.com.