HAMPTON ROADS, VA – Small businesses employ 50 percent of the U.S. workforce. The Chamber understands the importance of small business to our economy, and honors their efforts each year. The Hampton Roads Chamber, in partnership with the Small Business Development Center of Hampton Roads (SBDC), will hold its Small Business of the Year Awards luncheon on Wednesday, May 21 at noon at the Marriott Chesapeake (725 Woodlake Dr.).
The Chamber and the SBDC convened a panel of judges to select six businesses, one from each Southside city and one from the Peninsula, to honor. The winning businesses were chosen based on financial performance and business history, staff training and motivation, community involvement, business plan, growth, and customer service and satisfaction. At the luncheon, one of the six city small business winners below will be announced as the Hampton Roads Small Business of the Year. The overall winner will receive a gift package from the Chamber valued at $10,000.
2014 Small Business of the Year city winners:
R D Lambert & Son (Chesapeake)
Home Instead Senior Care (Peninsula)
Children’s Harbor (Portsmouth)
Elizabeth River Landscape Management, Inc. (Suffolk)
Endurance IT Services (Virginia Beach)
The “Top 10 to Watch” has also been selected. These businesses are some of the fastest-growing small businesses in the area:
The Franklin Johnston Group
Norfolk Fair Trade Company
Olde Towne Courtesy Shuttle
Smartmouth Brewing Co.
In addition, the Impressions in Print Leadership Award will be presented to Kevin Neff, Owner/Founder of The KPN Group in Norfolk, for his leadership, impact on workplace culture, community service and involvement, professional achievement, and perseverance.
The Young Entrepreneur Award (YEA!), will be awarded to Jim White of Jim White Fitness & Nutrition Studios in Virginia Beach for his outstanding initiative as a young entrepreneur in the Hampton Roads region. The award recognizes young entrepreneurs who have taken the risk of starting and running their own business in Hampton Roads.
Carla Hesseltine, owner of Just Cupcakes, will serve as keynote speaker. Mrs. Hesseltine opened Just Cupcakes in 2009 and has been featured on the television show Cupcake Wars, in which she was the first competitor from Virginia. Carla has been named one of Inside Business’s “Women in Business” and has been featured in the Wall Street Journal. Just Cupcakes has been named “Best in the Beach” and “Best of the Best” by The Virginian-Pilot.
Tickets to the Small Business of the Year Awards luncheon are $40 (member) and $55 (prospective member). To register, visit http://events.HamptonRoadsChamber.com. For more information, call Maggie Cromwell at 757-664-2537.
Thanks to sponsors: Southern Bank (Presenting); Inside Business (Media); Impressions in Print (Leadership Award); and Virginia Beach Convention Center (Gold).
About the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce (www.HamptonRoadsChamber.com)
The Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce is a vigorous advocate for the economic success of its nearly 2,000 member businesses, which employ 280,000 men and women in southeastern Virginia. The Chamber promotes Hampton Roads’ healthy business climate through economic development, public policy initiatives, services and benefits to members. The Chamber is dedicated to creating economic opportunity and enhancing the quality of life in Hampton Roads.
About the Small Business Development Center of Hampton Roads (www.hrsbdc.org)
The Small Business Development Center of Hampton Roads is a non-profit affiliate of the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce and Thomas Nelson Community College in partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration. It is part of a statewide network of business assistance headed by the Mason Center for Business and Public Policy at George Mason University, and funded primarily by the U.S. Small Business Administration. The SBDC provides management counseling, information, technical assistance, education, and training to small businesses in the region’s 18 cities and counties. It has been serving the greater Hampton Roads region and the Eastern Shore since 1990.
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