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20 Local Businesses in Running for Small Business of the Year Award

20 Local Businesses in Running for Small Business of the Year Award

The Chamber’s 28th annual Hampton Roads Small Business of the Year (SBOY) Awards will be held Tuesday, May 22 during National Small Business Week, which recognizes the contributions of small businesses to the economic well-being of America. National Small Business Week will honor the estimated 27.2 million small businesses throughout the country. More than half of Americans either own or work for a small business, which also create 60-80 percent of new jobs in the country.

The Small Business of the Year Awards recognizes small businesses for their achievements in each Southside city (Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Virginia Beach, and Suffolk). There will be five SBOY city winners and one overall regional winner. The Chamber will also present awards for “Top 10 to Watch,” the Impressions in Print Leadership Award, and the Young Entrepreneur Award (YEA!). The Chamber convenes a panel of judges to select the winners.

The “Top 10 to Watch” awards will be given to South Hampton Roads for-profit emerging businesses with fewer than 99 employees, in business for six years or less as of January 1, 2012, but more than one year, or have introduced a new product or entered a new market in the last five years. The Impressions in Print Leadership Award will be presented to an individual demonstrating leadership, impact on workplace culture, community service and involvement, professional achievement, and perseverance.  New this year is the Young Entrepreneur Award (YEA!), which will be awarded to a standout 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 following businesses have applied for the Chamber’s 2012 Small Business of the Year Awards:

1 Foot 2 Foot Centre for Foot and Ankle Care, PC

360IT Partners

A-Active Termite & Pest Control Company

The Breeden Company

Cetan Corp.

Controlled Conditions Corporation

Embroidery Etc.

govSolutions, Inc.

Image Business Interiors

David Nygaard Fine Jewelers

Paul Finch & Associates, PC (PF&A)

Phoenix Group, Inc.

Remedies Salon Spa & Barbershop

reQuire Release Tracking

The Royal Chocolate

SimIS Inc.

Taste Unlimited

Turner Strategic Technologies, LLC

Virginia Neurology and Sleep Centers, P.C.

We Are Titans

Join us to find out which business will take home top honors. The Chamber’s Small Business of the Year Awards luncheon will be held on May 22 at noon at The Founders Inn in Virginia Beach. To register, visit Events.HamptonRoadsChamber.com.

Thanks to sponsors: Monarch Bank (Presenting); Inside Business (Media); and Impressions in Print (Leadership Award).