Business North Carolina wants to recognize the best and brightest young professionals who operate in North Carolina’s smaller cities and towns.

We are seeking nominations for people who are under 40 as of June 30, 2021; who are having significant business success; and who are making a positive impact on their communities.

For this section, we plan to focus on people who work in cities and towns with fewer than 100,000 people. (In other words, outside of the state’s most populous cities of Charlotte, Raleigh, Greensboro, Durham, Winston-Salem, Fayetteville, Cary, Wilmington and High Point.)

We invite nominations that include short statements supporting these influential business leaders, citing key accomplishments in the last two years and basic biographical information including age, title, hometown, and number of years spent in their current community.

Nominations for 2021 are now open.

Our selections will be profiled in our October magazine edition.

Nominations close July 16.

Our 2020 Trailblazers are featured here.

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