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Deloitte Cincinnati USA 100

Prestigious award presented to Cincinnati’s largest private companies

The Deloitte Cincinnati USA 100 program salutes Greater Cincinnati’s largest privately-held businesses and their leaders. Since the launch of the Deloitte Cincinnati USA 100 in 1983, the program has honored greater Cincinnati’s most recognizable private companies. In addition, a local business leader will be presented with the Carl H. Lindner Award for Entrepreneurial and Civic Spirit. To participate in the Deloitte Cincinnati USA 100, please review the program criteria and complete the participant survey once it opens on July 1, 2019.

Mark your calendar

The application period for the 2019 Deloitte Cincinnati USA 100, an annual program saluting top local privately-held businesses and their leaders based on revenue, will open July 1st – mark your calendar!

The Deloitte Cincinnati USA 100 program has been recognizing the achievements of Cincinnati’s top private companies for over 35 years.

Winners will be recognized at an awards luncheon in the fall, and will enjoy local media coverage, which provides additional visibility to prospective clients and customers, partners, investors and employees.

Download the 2018 program guide

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Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for the Deloitte Cincinnati USA 100, a company must meet the following criteria:

  1. Location—Must be headquartered in one of the following 18 counties in the tri-state area:
    1. Ohio: Adams, Brown, Butler, Clermont, Clinton, Hamilton, Highland, Preble, Warren
    2. Kentucky: Boone, Campbell, Carroll, Gallatin, Grant, Kenton, Pendleton
    3. Indiana: Dearborn, Ohio
  2. Ownership—Must be privately held (i.e., a company whose voting stock is family–held, employee–owned, or owned by individuals and not listed on an exchange or actively traded over the counter). For companies owned in part or in whole by another privately held company, the headquarters/operations of the company must be located in one of the 18 counties listed above.
  3. Revenues—The top 100 companies will be ranked by annual gross revenue. If parent company, submit aggregate figure that includes subsidiaries; do not submit separate forms for each subsidiary. Annual sales revenue should be the amount reported on the company’s financial statements.
  4. Type of business—Excludes accounting, tax, and legal services providers.

Group results of the Deloitte Cincinnati USA 100 survey will be published to denote trends and highlights. Individual company revenue information will be published only with your consent.

Rising Star companies—Rising Star companies may not meet all the criteria for the Deloitte Cincinnati USA 100, but deserve recognition for their achievements and their potential for continued success. Rising Star companies are selected by a committee from the program sponsors. To be considered for a Rising Star designation, complete the Deloitte Cincinnati USA 100 participant survey.

The Carl H. Lindner Award for Entrepreneurial and Civic Spirit—The Carl H. Lindner Award for Entrepreneurial and Civic Spirit is presented each year to a business leader who personifies the leadership, business success, and civic involvement which was characterized by Carl Lindner, who made a profound contribution to our community. This Award is provided to a business leader of a Deloitte Cincinnati USA 100 company and is selected by an advisory committee.

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To learn how your company can participate in the 2019 Deloitte Cincinnati USA 100, please email

Deloitte LLP believes that its public audit clients should obtain audit committee pre-approval for seminar enrollments. If your company is audited by Deloitte LLP, you may enroll in this seminar if you have already obtained, or will obtain, such approval.