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Is there a fee to nominate Crain's Notable Leaders?

There is no fee to nominate a Notable leader. 

Where does the nominee need to be located? In West Michigan (Allegan County, Barry County, Berrien County, Calhoun County, Ionia County, Kalamazoo County, Kent County, Mason County, Montcalm County, Muskegon County, Newaygo County, Ocean County and Ottawa County). 

  • Full time/hybrid nominees: Nominee works full-time or hybrid from an office in West Michigan to qualify. 
  • Fully remote nominees: 
    • If the nominee works for a company/team that is not based in West Michigan, the nominee must live in the area listed above to qualify. 
    • If the nominee is fully remote and works with a team in West Michigan, but does not live in the area listed above, they do not qualify.
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Do I meet the criteria:
Based on the volume of these types of requests and the nuances of every unique individual, we ask that you refer to the nomination criteria when determining whether you think an honoree would be a good fit. The criteria are used as closely as possible as a baseline for an honoree to make the list. We understand that occasionally these areas are subjective. We encourage you to nominate if you think you have a good case for a nominee to be on the list, but we cannot make guarantees about the outcome.

When will I hear back about if I was chosen?
Nominees are notified approximately 5 weeks prior to the special section publication date. Once judging is complete, we will notify candidates that were chosen. This notification will be an email from: notablegrandrapids@crain.com

The information is confidential, should I submit it?
All information submitted in the nomination form is subject to publication.

May I submit more than one nomination from my company? Is there a limit?
We recommend that you limit your nominations to 3 per company. Only one nomination is necessary per nominee. Multiple nominations do not increase the nominee's chances of being recognized.

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