Last year, the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce marked new businesses, businesses with new owners, relocated businesses, expanded businesses, renovated businesses, business anniversaries, ground-breaking ceremonies and new chamber members with nearly 80 ribbon-cutting events.

The Journal Star invited readers to share honors businesses or employees received in 2018 as best of state, region or nation. Also included is a recap of the major awards presented by business organizations locally.

Compared with 2017, when Hudl opened a new headquarters building and Lincoln startups brought in nearly $67 million in venture capital funding, 2018 was a relatively quiet year for the city's startups and high-tech companies.

The soft glow of a monitor reflects in their eyes as they flick the joystick back and forth. With each click, the iconic 8-bit character responds, climbing ladders and dodging barrels on a video game old enough to run for president.

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