Small Business of the Year

2020 Nomination Form

Hampton Roads is home to an abundance of top notch small businesses, young entrepreneurs, flourishing startups and small business leaders working every day to strengthen our small business community. Recognize your favorite small business, start up or small business leader. Nominate them today for a Small Business of the Year Award.

Award Criteria

Fill out the form below to nominate a business for one of the following awards:

  • Small Business of the Year
  • Entrepreneur of the Year Award
  • Leadership Award
  • Top to Watch

Nomination Form

The Nominee

Your Details

Award Requirements:

  • Small Business of the Year Award
    • Fewer than 250 employees
    • Gross revenues of less than $10 million in 2019
    • In business for more than 3 years
    • Eligible applicants will be judged on
      • Financial performance and business history
      • Staff training and motivation
      • Community involvement
      • Customer service
      • Business plan or strategies and goals

  • Leadership Award
    The Leadership Award is presented to an individual demonstrating leadership, impact on workplace culture, community service and involvement, professional achievement, and perseverance. Any individual may nominate a leader for this award. The individual nominating must complete the leadership award application.

  • Entrepreneur of the Year Award
    The Award Entrepreneur of the Year is presented to a standout entrepreneur in the Hampton Roads region. The award recognizes entrepreneurs who have taken the risk of starting and running their own business in Hampton Roads. Candidates for this award will be judged on business strategies, financial success, and community involvement.

  • Top to Watch
    The criteria is the same as the Small Business of the Year award, however this award is for those outstanding young businesses who have been in operation less than three years.

Deadline for all nominations is January 10, 2020

Application deadline for all nominees is February 3, 2020

2019 Small Business of the Year Winner  
(Pictured here: 2019 Hampton Roads Small Business of the Year - The Dirty Buffalo)

A panel of judges selects a Small Business of the Year from every Southside city.  The business with the highest cumulative score will be announced as the Hampton Roads Small Business of the Year at the event. Thank you to Southern Bank, our Small Business of the Year Awards Presenting Sponsor.

The Small Business of the Year awards coincides with National Small Business Week which recognizes the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners. Small businesses account for approximately 85% of the Hampton Roads Chamber’s total membership and we do everything possible to ensure their success. The Small Business of the Year Awards is one of many ways we support our small business members. The Hampton Roads Chamber is the premier pro-business organization serving as an Impactful Advocate, Powerful Economic Partner, and Inspiring Ignitor in order to set the conditions for other businesses to be successful, large and small. 


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