NORFOLK, VA — The Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for its 2012 Hampton Roads Small Business of the Year Awards. For 28 years, the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce has recognized one exceptional small business owner for his or her tireless work and embodiment of the spirit of enterprise. Five finalists, one from each Southside city, compete each year for the title. Last year, Virginia Eye Consultants in Norfolk, was awarded the 2011 Hampton Roads Small Business of the Year. The overall winner will receive a gift package from the Chamber valued at $10,000.
Nominations are also being accepted for the "Top 10 to Watch." Businesses that will be considered must be a South Hampton Roads for-profit emerging business with fewer than 99 employees, in business for six years or less as of January 1, 2012, but more than one year, or should have introduced a new product or entered a new market in the last five years.
In addition, the Impressions in Print Leadership Award will be presented to an individual demonstrating leadership, impact on workplace culture, community service and involvement, professional achievement, and perseverance.
New this year is the Young Entrepreneur Award (YEA!), which will be awarded to a standout 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.
Nominations for all the awards are due by 5pm on Friday, February 24, 2012. The application deadline is 5pm on March 23, 2012. To download nomination and application forms, go to www.HamptonRoadsChamber.com. For more information or sponsorship opportunities, contact Lindsey Sigafoos at 757-664-2535 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The winners will be honored at the 2012 Hampton Roads Chamber’s Small Business Awards luncheon on May 22, being held during National Small Business Week. Thanks to sponsors: Monarch Bank (Presenting); Inside Business (Media); and Impressions in Print (Leadership Award).
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.