Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce Honors Local Small Businesses

Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce Honors Local Small Businesses
29th Annual Small Business of the Year Awards to be Held on May 23 During National Small Business Week

HAMPTON ROADS, VA – The Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Small Business Development Center of Hampton Roads (SBDC), will hold its Small Business of the Year Awards luncheon on Thursday, May 23 at noon at the Virginia Beach Convention Center (1000 19th St.). The luncheon coincides with the U.S. Small Business Administration’s “National Small Business Week” which recognizes the contributions of small businesses to the economic well-being of the United States. More than half of Americans either own or work for a small business and also create 60-80% of new jobs in the country.

The Chamber and the SBDC convened a panel of judges to select six businesses, one from each Southside city and one from the Peninsula, to honor. The winning businesses were chosen based on financial performance and business history, staff training and motivation, community involvement, business plan, growth, and customer service and satisfaction. At the luncheon, one of the five city small business winners below will be announced as the Hampton Roads Small Business of the Year.  The overall winner will receive a gift package from the Chamber valued at $10,000.

-       Personal Touch Services Inc. (Chesapeake)

-       Strickland & Jones, P.C. (Norfolk)

-       Triquetra Technologies, Inc. (Peninsula)

-       Hampton Roads Community Health Center (Portsmouth)

-       Reed Integration, Inc (Suffolk)

-       360 IT Partners (Virginia Beach)

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

-       Dancing Tomato

-       GM Engineering Services, LLC

-       GreenLife Adventure Sports

-       Hampton Roads Veterinary Hospice

-       Kelli’s Dance Explosion

-       O’Connor Brewing Company

-       RoboCent, Inc.

-       ShepelleWatkinsWhite Consulting & Law, PLLC

-       Vinylmint

-       Vox Optima

In addition, the Impressions in Print Leadership Award will be presented to Zack Miller, Founder of Hatch, for his leadership, impact on workplace culture, community service and involvement, professional achievement, and perseverance.

The Young Entrepreneur Award (YEA!), will be awarded to Brad Scott, owner of Cetan Corp for his outstanding initiative as a young entrepreneur in the Hampton Roads region. The award recognizes young entrepreneurs who have taken the risk of starting and running their own business in Hampton Roads.

Keynote speaker is Dr. Stephen Scoper, Vice President of Virginia Eye Consultants, the Chamber’s 2011 Small Business of the Year. Dr. Scoper has an international reputation in his field as a board-certified, fellowship-trained specialist in all areas of refractive surgery, from cataract surgery to LASIK.  Dr. Scoper’s expertise adds considerably to Virginia Eye Consultants comprehensive approach to vision care. He is the specialist to whom other physicians refer their difficult refractive surgery cases. Dr. Scoper is also an associate professor of ophthalmology at Eastern Virginia Medical School and combines his interest in treating patients with his love for teaching and research, a distinction that sets Virginia Eye Consultants apart from other vision practices.

Tickets to the Small Business of the Year Awards luncheon are $35 (member) and $50 (prospective member).  To register, visit http://events.HamptonRoadsChamber.com. For more information, contact Shirley Core at score@hrccva.com or 757-664-2535. 

Thanks to sponsors: Southern Bank (Presenting); Inside Business (Media); Impressions in Print (Leadership Award); Virginia Beach Convention Center (Gold).

About the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce (www.HamptonRoadsChamber.com)

The Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce is a not-for-profit member-based business organization.  The Chamber is a vigorous advocate for the economic success of its nearly 2,000 member businesses, which employ more than 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.

About the Small Business Development Center of Hampton Roads (www.hrsbdc.org)

The Small Business Development Center of Hampton Roads is a non-profit affiliate of the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce and Thomas Nelson Community College in partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration.  It is part of a statewide network of business assistance headed by the Mason Center for Business and Public Policy at George Mason University, and funded primarily by the U.S. Small Business Administration.  The SBDC provides management counseling, information, technical assistance, education, and training to small businesses in the region’s 18 cities and counties.  It has been serving the greater Hampton Roads region and the Eastern Shore since 1990. 

Event photos will be available upon request.

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