Four New Albany companies have been nominated for the 2010 TechColumbus Innovation Awards, which will be presented Feb. 3 in Battelle Hall at the Greater Columbus Convention Center, 400 N. High St. in Columbus.

Four New Albany companies have been nominated for the 2010 TechColumbus Innovation Awards, which will be presented Feb. 3 in Battelle Hall at the Greater Columbus Convention Center, 400 N. High St. in Columbus.

The annual awards are presented to 13 companies and two high school students. Winners will be announced at the awards and more than 1,000 people from participating companies are expected to attend.

"It's a great way to build credibility in the market if you're a young company, great recognition for the employees that have been part of that and great community recognition," said Tim Haynes, vice president of member services and marketing for TechColumbus. "People look highly upon that award."

Haynes said judging is done by volunteers from outside the organization.

"Applications are reviewed by judges who are from the community, not from TechColumbus, so there is no ethics issue or conflict of interest," he said.

The local companies and one businesswoman have been nominated in four categories. Companies may nominate themselves or be nominated by someone from outside the company. Each company must meet certain criteria to be considered.

Commercial Vehicle Group and AFS Web-Zoom CMS were among 28 companies in the running for an Outstanding Product award for companies with fewer than 50 employees. Christina Blenk, president and CEO of AFS Web-Zoom CMS, is among 15 women nominated for the Outstanding Woman in Technology award.

Janova has been nominated for the Outstanding Startup Business award along with 24 other companies, while Strategic Thinking Industries is among 25 companies nominated for the Outstanding Service award for a company with less than 50 employees.

Commercial Vehicle Group, at 7800 Walton Parkway, provides "cab-related systems" for heavy-duty trucks, agriculture markets and specialty and military transportation, according to information from the company.

AFS Web-Zoom CMS, at 5500 New Albany Road, helps companies use the Internet as a tool, providing "project consulting and management, web graphic design, website development, web application development, online marketing, hosting and other related web services," according to the company's website.

Janova, at 7775 Walton Parkway, provides software-testing services for companies, which the company says can be completed faster than most tests because it communicates with its customers in simple English rather than with computer jargon and codes, according to CEO and founder Jeff Lusenhop in a previous interview with ThisWeek.

Strategic Thinking Industries, at 6530 West Campus Oval, develops data-integration technology to streamline patient information and reduce human error for hospitals and health-care facilities, according to company president and owner Brian Olah in a previous interview with ThisWeek.

TechColumbus is a nonprofit organization supporting technology-based economic development in 15 central Ohio counties.