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Winners Announced for Chamber's Small Business of the Year Awards

Winners Announced for Chamber's Small Business of the Year Awards
Winners Announced for Chamber's Small Business of the Year Awards
Winners Announced for Chamber's Small Business of the Year Awards
Awards Luncheon to be Held May 19

SBOY LogoThe 27th annual Hampton Roads Small Business of the Year (SBOY) Awards luncheon will be held Thursday, May 19 during National Small Business Week which recognizes the contributions of small businesses to the economic well-being of America.  One exceptional small business owner, out of five finalists, one from each Southside city, will be selected for his or her tireless work and embodiment of the spirit of enterprise.  National Small Business Week will honor the estimated 27.2 million small businesses throughout the country.  More than half of Americans either own or work for a small business.  They also create 60-80% of new jobs in the country.

The Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce and the Small Business Development Center of Hampton Roads convened a panel of judges to select the five businesses to honor.  The winning businesses are chosen based on financial performance and business history, staff training and motivation, community involvement, business plan, growth, and customer service and satisfaction. 


   (from left) Sylvia Haines of the Chamber and Buddy Smith of Russell's Heating & Cooling(from left) Dr. Stephen Scoper & Dr. Karen Spence of Virginia Eye Consultants, & Sylvia Haines of the Chamber Ron Mann of Stealth Shredding Inc. & Sylvia Haines of the Chamber (from left) Jack Hornbeck of the Chamber, Rana Weaver, Manager of Bennett's Creek Pharmacy, Delegate Chris Jones, Owner of Bennett's Creek Pharmacy, and Sylvia Haines of the Chamber(from left) Jim Carroll from the Chamber, Shannon Maskell, Kevin Riley, and Maureen Paris from B&T Kitchens & Baths

The five city winners and finalists for the Small Business of the Year title are:

Russell’s Heating & Cooling (Chesapeake)

Virginia Eye Consultants (Norfolk)

Stealth Shredding Inc. (Portsmouth)

Bennett’s Creek Pharmacy (Suffolk)

B&T Kitchens & Baths (Virginia Beach)

The following have been selected as the “Top 10 to Watch.”  These businesses are some of the fastest-growing small businesses in the area:

Cetan Corporation

Hampton Roads Security Corporation

Image Business Interiors

KBH Business Management Systems

M & M Hospitality Group

Phoenix Group of Virginia, Inc.

reQuire Release Tracking

Specialty Systems, Inc.

SteelMaster Buildings

Wolf Creek Fabrication Services, Inc.

In addition, the Impressions in Print Leadership Award will be presented to an individual demonstrating leadership, impact on workplace cultural, community service and involvement, professional achievement, and perseverance. Gary M. Lisota, President & CEO of Valkyrie Enterprises, LLC has been selected as this year’s award recipient.

The 27th annual Hampton Roads Small Business of the Year Awards luncheon will be held Thursday, May 19 from 12:00-2:00 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Virginia Beach-Norfolk Hotel & Conference Center located at 5655 Greenwich Road, Virginia Beach.

The event’s guest speaker will be Congressman Scott Rigell.  Congressman Rigell is the founder and Chairman of Freedom Automotive.  He was recently inducted into the Hampton Roads Business Hall of Fame.

Cost:  $35 Chamber Member; $50 non-member

To attend the event, go to

Many thanks to sponsors: Monarch Bank (Presenting); Inside Business (Media); American Indoor Karting-Virginia Beach, Hampton Roads Landscaping, and Sky Dive Suffolk (Silver); and Impressions in Print (Leadership Award).


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