NORFOLK, VA — The Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for its 2014 Hampton Roads Small Business of the Year Awards. For 30 years, the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce has recognized one exceptional small business owner for his or her tireless work and embodiment of the spirit of enterprise. Six finalists, one from each Southside city and one from the Peninsula, will compete for the title. Last year, 360IT Partners in Virginia Beach, was awarded the 2013 Hampton Roads Small Business of the Year. The overall winner will receive a gift package from the Chamber valued at $10,000.
Nominations are also being accepted for the "Top 10 to Watch." Start-ups and businesses that will be considered must be a Hampton Roads for-profit emerging business with fewer than 99 employees, in business for five years or less as of January 1, 2014. The Impressions in Print Leadership Award will be presented to an individual demonstrating leadership, impact on workplace culture, community service and involvement, professional achievement, and perseverance. The Young Entrepreneur Award (YEA!), will be awarded to a standout 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.
Nominations for all the awards are due by 5pm on Friday, February 21, 2014. To download nomination forms, go to www.HamptonRoadsChamber.com/sboy. For more information or sponsorship opportunities, contact Maggie Cromwell at 757-662-2537 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The winners will be honored at the Chamber’s Small Business of the Year Awards luncheon in May, being held during National Small Business Week. Thanks to sponsors: Southern Bank (Presenting); Inside Business (Media); and Impressions in Print (Leadership Award).
About the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce (www.HamptonRoadsChamber.com)
The Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce is a vigorous advocate for the economic success of its nearly 2,000 member businesses, which employ 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.