The 28th annual Hampton Roads Small Business of the Year (SBOY) Awards luncheon was held May 22 at the Founders Inn with more than 300 people in attendance. The event, held during National Small Business Week, featured guest speaker Joel Erb, whose first company, INM United, was formed after he met with clothing moguls Calvin Klein, Giorgio Armani and Hugo Boss to pitch and present his website designs - at the age of 14. Now at 27, Erb is the president/CEO of two major businesses. Erb provided invaluable advice to all of the entrepreneurs in the room. “Follow your passions,” Erb said. “Listen to your gut and listen to your internal compass and do what you love.”
A-Active Termite and Pest Control Company was the overall winner of the 2012 Hampton Roads Small Business of the Year Award. Accepting the award for the company was Kevin Kordek, President and CEO. “Winning this award has totally reenergized our company to continue to do what we do and to continue to do it well,” said Kordek. “A-Active is proud to represent the Hampton Roads Community.”
A-Active Termite and Pest Control Company was Virginia Beach’s 2012 Small Business of the Year as well, and was chosen for the regional award from an excellent pool of city winners including:
- Phoenix Group of Virginia, Inc. (Chesapeake)
- TASTE® (Norfolk)
- Remedies Salon, Spa & Barber Shop (Suffolk)
The following were selected as the “Top 10 to Watch.” These businesses are some of the fastest-growing small businesses in the area:
- Evangeline’s Closet
- G For Everyone
- InLineAdz, Inc.
- Joe’s “America’s First Chicken Salad Restaurant”
- Marathon Consulting, LLC
- Trinity Tattoo Co.
- U3C Italian Ice Café
- VOIS, LLC
- We Are Titans
- ZZ Servers
In addition, the Impressions in Print Leadership Award was presented to Ramon W. Breeden Jr., Founder and Chief Executive Officer of The Breeden Company and Joshua Tawes and Anthony Stile, owners of Accelerated Financial Solutions, accepted the Young Entrepreneur Award (YEA!).
Winners were selected by the following judging committee: Jim Carroll, Small Business Development Center of Hampton Roads and Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce; John Mulford, Regent University Center for Entrepreneurship; Susan Long-Molnar, Managing Communications Consulting; Lamont Maddox, The Guidance Law Firm; Caron Crouse, Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP; and Joseph Donnelly, Donnelly Real Properties LLC.
Thanks to sponsors: Monarch Bank (Presenting); Inside Business (Media); Impressions in Print (Leadership Award); G For Everyone (Silver); Changes Hair Styling & City Spa; Issue Track, Inc.; OBBCO Safety & Supply, Inc.; and Young Family & Cosmetic Dentistry (Hall of Fame)