NORFOLK, VA — The Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for its 2011 Hampton Roads Small Business of the Year Awards. For 27 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, Classic Air’s One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning in Virginia Beach, was awarded the 2010 Hampton Roads Small Business of the Year.
Nominations are also being accepted for the "Top 10 to Watch." Business 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, 2011, 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 Leadership Award will be presented to an individual demonstrating leadership, impact on workplace cultural, community service and involvement, professional achievement, and perseverance.
Nominations for all the awards are due no later than Friday February 25, 2011 at 5p.m. To download nomination and application forms, go to www.HamptonRoadsChamber.com. For further information or sponsorship opportunities, contact Lindsey Sigafoos at 757-664-2535. The application deadline is March 21, 2011.
The finalists will be honored at the 2011 Hampton Roads Chamber’s Small Business Awards luncheon on May 19, 2011. Many thanks to sponsors: Monarch Bank (Presenting) and Inside Business (Media).
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.