The Federation of Small Businesses launched its new Buckinghamshire Business Awards with an event in Little Horwood on July 30.
The launch at Horwood House was attended by more than 100 firms.
FSB local chairman David Maidment, based in Newport Pagnell, said: “It’s time to celebrate companies that are finding new markets, employing more people and generating wealth in our communities.
“Buckinghamshire is one of the leading engines of growth, so now’s the time to showcase the very best to continue that drive.
“One of the bugbears of business is that the media always tells the bad news, so let’s give them stories that will help fuel confidence and accentuate the positive.”
A Meet the Judges event is due to be held on September 5 at the Bull Hotel, Stony Stratford, with money from the £5+VAT tickets going to charity.