Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce Honors Local Small Businesses

Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce Honors Local Small Businesses
27th Annual Small Business of the Year Awards to be Held on May 19 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 19 at noon at the Holiday Inn Virginia Beach–Norfolk Hotel & Conference Center located at 5655 Greenwich Road, Virginia Beach. 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 five businesses, one from each Southside city, 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. 

Russell’s Heating & Cooling (Chesapeake)

Virginia Eye Consultants (Norfolk)

Stealth Shredding Inc. (Portsmouth)

Bennett’s Creek Pharmacy (Suffolk)

B&T Kitchens & Baths (Virginia Beach)

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

Cetan Corporation

Hampton Roads Security Corporation

Image Business Interiors

KBH Business Management Systems

M & M Hospitality Group

Phoenix Group of Virginia, Inc

reQuire Release Tracking

Specialty Systems, Inc

SteelMaster Buildings

Wolf Creek Fabrication Services, Inc

The Impressions in Print Leadership Award will be presented to Gary M. Lisota, President & CEO of Valkyrie Enterprises, LLC. Lisota has demonstrated leadership, impact on workplace cultural, community service and involvement, professional achievement, and perseverance.

The keynote speaker at the May 19 luncheon is Congressman Scott Rigell who was elected to represent the Second District in Virginia in November 2010.  Rep. Rigell is a community leader and business owner from Virginia Beach, Virginia.  The founder and Chairman of Freedom Automotive, Scott and his wife Teri own several automobile dealerships in Hampton Roads. He was recently inducted into the Hampton Roads Business Hall of Fame. 

 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 Lindsey Sigafoos, Program Coordinator, at lsigafoos@hrccva.com or 757-664-2535.  Many thanks to sponsors: Monarch Bank (Presenting); Inside Business (Media); Impressions in Print (Leadership Award); and American Indoor Karting-Virginia Beach, Hampton Roads Landscaping, ShepelleWatkinsWhite Consulting & Law, and Sky Dive Suffolk (Silver).

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.  Since its inception it has provided services to 10,200 clients and assisted them in achieving $214 million in economic impact as well as creating 7,300 jobs. 

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