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Small Business of the Year
Small Business of the Year

The Small Business of the Year awards coincide 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, Inspiring Ignitor, and Regional Collaborator in order to set the conditions for other businesses to be successful, large and small. 


2022 Small Business of the Year Award Nominations

The Hampton Roads Chamber and the Small Business Development Center of Hampton Roads are proud to provide special recognition to the Hampton Roads small business community by presenting an award to one business from each of the five Southside cities and one from the Peninsula.

One small business of these six will then be chosen as the 2022 Hampton Roads Chamber Small Business of the Year.  Small businesses are the backbone of our local and national economies, representing more than 95 percent of all employers, creating three-fourths of all new jobs, and accounting for more than one-half of the nation’s gross domestic product.

For more than 30 years, the Hampton Roads Chamber has recognized one exceptional small business owner for his or her tireless work and embodiment of the spirit of enterprise.

Deadline for all Nominations is January 21, 2022
Application deadline for all nominees is February 17, 2022
  Nominate Online

Award Requirements

Eligibility

A business must meet the following requirements to receive the 2022 Hampton Roads Chamber Small Business of the Year Award:

Small Business of the Year

  • 250 employees or less as established in the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS)

  • Gross revenues of less than $10 million in 2021

  • Be in business for more than three consecutive years

Criteria

Eligible applicants will be judged on the following:

  • Financial performance and business history

  • Staff training and motivation

  • Community involvement

  • Customer service and satisfaction

  • Business plan or strategies and goals

  • Strategy for growth

Nominating and Judging Process

Small businesses are encouraged to apply directly for the award. In addition, associations, financial institutions, and other companies may nominate small businesses that meet the award’s requirements. Judging is done by a committee of experts after all applications have been received.

Questions?

For more information on the 2022 Hampton Roads Chamber, Small Business of the Year Awards contacts Lianna Arbitter.


 

Application Procedure

   Apply Online or   Download the Application (PDF) 

If you choose to Download the Application, submit your completed application to:

Hampton Roads Chamber
Attention: Lianna Arbitter
101 West Main Street, Suite
800 Norfolk, VA 23510

All applications must be received no later than February 17, 2022, by 5:00 PM to qualify.


 

Awards

The 2022 Hampton Roads Chamber Small Business of the Year Awards pays tribute to the small business community. Six finalists representing each of the five Southside cities and the Peninsula will be recognized at the awards presentation luncheon being held in May during National Small Business Week for his or her business’s accomplishments and community involvement.

At this ceremony, the overall regional winner will be announced from these candidates and will be placed in consideration for the U.S. Chamber Small Business of the Year Awards Competition.

The overall regional winner will also receive a gift packet from the Hampton Roads Chamber valued at $10,000.

Timelines/Deadlines

  • Small Business Application-Specific questions pertaining to application questions– contact Jim Carroll at   757.664.2595 for more info.
  • February 17, 2022 - Application Deadline - All applications due by 5:00 p.m.
  • May 5, 2022 - Hampton Roads Chamber Small Business Awards Luncheon held during National Small Business Week.

2021 Small Business of the Year: Total Business Solutions

 

Pictured left: 2021 Hampton Roads Small Business of the Year - Total Business Solutions

 

2020 Small Business of the Year: Hubbard Peanut Company

 

Pictured left: 2020 Hampton Roads Small Business of the Year - Hubbard Peanut Company

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.
2022 Chamber Award Nominations
Deadline for all Nominations is January 21, 2022
Application deadline for all nominees is February 17, 2022
  Nominate Online
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