More than half of Americans either own or work for a small business, and they create about two out of every three news jobs in the U.S. each year. The U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) National Small Business Week held May 12-16 this year. Since 1963, the SBA has taken the opportunity to highlight the impact of outstanding entrepreneurs and small business owners annually. This year, events will take place across the country to engage the small business community and highlight their importance as innovators and job creators who strengthen the nation’s economy.
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 Wednesday, May 21 at noon at the Marriott Chesapeake.
A panel of judges convened 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 six 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.
The 2014 Small Business of the Year city winners are: R D Lambert & Son (Chesapeake); Grow (Norfolk); Home Instead Senior Care (Peninsula); Children’s Harbor (Portsmouth); Elizabeth River Landscape Management, Inc. (Suffolk); and Endurance IT Services (Virginia Beach).
The “Top 10 to Watch,” some of the fastest-growing small businesses in the area are: Carry Norfolk; Norfolk Fair Trade Company; Eternawell, LLC; Olde Towne Courtesy Shuttle; The Franklin Johnston Group; Omniio, Global Wind; Rock-A Bye; Hatch; and Smartmouth Brewing Company.
In addition, the Impressions in Print Leadership Award will be presented to Kevin Neff, Owner/Founder of The KPN Group in Norfolk, for his leadership, impact on workplace culture, community service and involvement, professional achievement, and perseverance. Neff is a business consulting and marketing professional and an accomplished speaker and presenter.
The Young Entrepreneur Award (YEA!), will be awarded to Jim White of Jim White Fitness & Nutrition Studios in Virginia Beach 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.
Tickets to the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce and Small Business Development Center of Hampton Roads, Small Business of the Year Awards luncheon are $40 (member) and $55 (prospective member). To register, visit http://events.HamptonRoadsChamber.com. For more information, call Maggie Cromwell at 757-664-2537.