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 Tuesday, May 25 at noon at the Renaissance Portsmouth Hotel & Waterfront Conference Center located at 425 Water Street, Portsmouth. The luncheon coincides with the U.S. Small Business Administration’s “National Small Business Week” held May 23-29 to recognize the contributions of small businesses to the economic well-being of the United States. This year’s keynote speaker is Bobbie Walker, Partnership Marketing Education Director for Virginia Tourism Corporation.
The Chamber and the SBDC convened a panel of judges to select five businesses, one from each Southside city, to honor. Judges included: Jim Carroll, Small Business Development Center of Hampton Roads, Inc.; Caron Crouse, Goodman & Co., LLP; Joseph Donnelly, Donnelly Real Properties, LLC; Roslyn Houston, Old Dominion University; and Shepelle Watkins-White, Kaufman & Canoles, P.C. The winning businesses are 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.
Eastern Virginia Family & Cosmetic Dentistry: Dr. A. Jeffrey Weisberg and Dr. Barclay K. Weisberg (Chesapeake)
A. Reddix & Associates (Norfolk)
Bayside Harley-Davidson (Portsmouth)
Bennett’s Creek Farm Market & Deli (Suffolk)
Classic Air’s One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning (Virginia Beach)
The “Top 10 to Watch” has also been selected. These businesses are some of the fastest-growing small businesses in the area:
Asset Recovery International, LLC
BK Appraisal Services
Cape Henry Associates, Inc.
Endurance Network Services
Mad Science of Hampton Roads
Prism Maritime, LLC
Providence Computers, Inc.
The Impressions in Print Leadership Award will be presented to Charles Schue, President and CEO, UrsaNav, Inc. He has demonstrated leadership, impact on workplace cultural, community service and involvement, professional achievement, and perseverance.
In addition, Klett Consulting Group, Inc of Virginia Beach has been named the 2010 Virginia Veteran-Owned Small Business of the Year. During the luncheon, Jody Keenan, Virginia Small Business Development Center Network Director, will present Mark Klett, President and CEO, with the award. The competition, sponsored by the Virginia Small Business Development Center Network, is designed to recognize veterans who have made a significant contribution to their region’s economy and to recognize those deserving individuals who have made a significant difference in their communities by promoting a sense of duty, volunteerism and an appreciation of country, democracy and freedom.
Tickets are $35 (member) and $50 (prospective member). To register for the luncheon, visit the events tab at www.HamptonRoadsChamber.com. For more information, contact Lindsey Sigafoos, Program Coordinator, at 757-664-2535. Many thanks to sponsors: Monarch Bank (Presenting), Inside Business (Media), the Renaissance Portsmouth Hotel & Waterfront Conference Center (Gold), and Impressions in Print (Leadership Award).
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 over 9,900 clients and assisted them in achieving over $208 million in economic impact as well as creating over 2,900 jobs.
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