The Greater Des Moines Partnership announced that applications for its annual Celebrate Business Awards are now being accepted. The awards recognize companies for specific business practices, such as building a reputation for integrity and quality while remaining outside the public limelight, or encouraging involvement in community activities. Small and large company winners are selected annually in several categories, which include Best Kept Secret; Community Champion; Life Long Learning; and Best Workplace for Young Professionals. A new category, the Innovation Award, has been added this year. The application deadline is Sept. 20. To apply or nominate a business, visit www.desmoinesmetro.com/events. Honorees will be recognized at a celebratory luncheon and featured in an issue of the Business Record in the fall.