2019 Hampton Roads Small Business of the Year - The Dirty Buffalo Cover
Small Business of the Year
Small Business of the Year 2020
Small Business of the Year

A panel of judges selects a Small Business of the Year from every Southside city.  The business with the highest cumulative score will be announced as the Hampton Roads Small Business of the Year at the event. Thank you to Southern Bank, our Small Business of the Year Awards Presenting Sponsor.

The Small Business of the Year awards coincides with National Small Business Week which recognizes the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners. Small businesses account for approximately 85% of the Hampton Roads Chamber’s total membership and we do everything possible to ensure their success. The Small Business of the Year Awards is one of many ways we support our small business members. The Hampton Roads Chamber is the premier pro-business organization serving as an Impactful Advocate, Powerful Economic Partner, and Inspiring Ignitor in order to set the conditions for other businesses to be successful, large and small. 


2020 Award Nominations

Hampton Roads is home to an abundance of top notch small businesses, young entrepreneurs, flourishing startups and small business leaders working every day to strengthen our small business community.


Deadline for all nominations is January 10, 2020

Application deadline for all nominees is February 3, 2020

  Apply Online


Award Requirements:

Small Business of the Year Award

  • Fewer than 250 employees

  • Gross revenues of less than $10 million in 2019

  • In business for more than 3 years

  • Eligible applicants will be judged on:

    • Financial performance and business history

    • Staff training and motivation

    • Community involvement

    • Customer service

    • Business plan or strategies and goals


Deadline for all nominations is January 10, 2020

Application deadline for all nominees is February 3, 2020

  Apply Online


2019 Small Business of the Year: The Dirty Buffalo

2019 Small Business of the Year Winner

Pictured left: 2019 Hampton Roads Small Business of the Year - The Dirty Buffalo

2018 Small Business of the Year: SimIS, Inc.

SimIs, Inc.: 2018 Hampton Roads Chamber Small Business of the Year

Pictured here: Taylor Harrell, President Southern Bank & Trust Company; Congressman Bobby Scott;  Mayor John Rowe, City of Portsmouth:  Johnny Garcia of SimIS Inc.; Bryan Stephens, CEO & President of the Hampton Roads Chamber;  and Mike Herron, Publisher, Inside Business.
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