Small businesses employ 50 percent of the U.S. workforce. The Chamber understands the importance of small business to our economy, and honors their efforts each year. The Hampton Roads Chamber, in partnership with the Small Business Development Center of Hampton Roads (SBDC), will hold its Small Business of the Year Awards luncheon on Friday, June 12 at 11:45am at the Norfolk Waterside Marriott (235 E. Main St.).
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. The overall winner will receive a gift package from the Chamber valued at $10,000.
2015 Small Business of the Year city winners:
- Legacy Limousine and Luxury Coaches, LLC (Chesapeake)
- Saunders, Matthews & Pfitzner, PLLC (Norfolk)
- The Pack Roadtrip Travel Club (Portsmouth)
- Korving & Company LLC (Suffolk)
- BizWiz by KBH Business Management Systems (Virginia Beach)
In addition, the G&W Leadership Award will be presented to Hope Paryzek, Owner/Founder of Principle Strategies, LLC in Norfolk, for her leadership, impact on workplace culture, community service and involvement, professional achievement, and perseverance.
The Young Entrepreneur Award (YEA!), will be awarded to an individual who has 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. The YEA! Award winner will be revealed at the June 12th ceremony.
2015 Young Entrepreneur Award (YEA!) finalists:
- Chris Johnson of Legacy Limousine and Luxury Coaches, LLC
- Martin Nealon of Medical Consulting Solutions (MCS)
- Doug Ferguson of Dr. House Inspects
- Stan Epps Jr. of Epps Financial Services
Tickets to the Small Business of the Year Awards luncheon are $40 (member) and $55 (prospective member). To register, visit http://events.HamptonRoadsChamber.com. Our Hall of Fame Winners and this year’s winners have all been offered complimentary booth space to promote their business. Come early to interview previous winners! For more information, call Valarie Prenger at 757-664-2537.
Thanks to sponsors: Southern Bank (Presenting); Inside Business (Media) and G&W (Leadership Award).
About the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce
The Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce is the Region’s premier business organization; helping our members succeed, driving regional economic growth and enhancing the quality of life of our community’s residents. The Chamber is a vigorous advocate for the economic success of its member businesses, which employ nearly 250,000 men and women in southeastern Virginia. Visit HamptonRoadsChamber.com. Like us on Facebook at Chamber757 and follow us on Twitter @Chamber757.
About the Small Business Development Center of Hampton Roads
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. The SBDC of Hampton Roads provides management counseling, information, technical assistance, education, and training to small businesses in the region’s 18 cities and counties. Serving the greater Hampton Roads region and the Eastern Shore since 1990, the SBDC has provided services to more than 10,000 clients, helping create and save 8,196 jobs, resulting in $350.6 million in direct economic impact. For more, visit hrsbdc.org and HRSmallBizLoans.com
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