Statistics show that 80% of businesses in our community are small businesses. As a vital piece of Hampton Roads' economic foundation, these companies are most definitely worth celebrating. Nominate one or more worthy small businesses for the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce's Small Business of the Year Awards presented by Monarch Bank.
The Chamber is accepting applications for its 28th annual Hampton Roads Chamber's Small Business of the Year Awards. Give a small business you know the recognition it deserves and be a part of a surprise they'll never forget! A Small Business of the Year is recognized in each Southside city (Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Virginia Beach, and Suffolk) and then one overall winner is chosen for the regional award. There is no limit to how many businesses you can nominate. Self nominations are welcome.
In addition, the Leadership Award will be presented to an individual demonstrating leadership, impact on workplace culture, community service and involvement, professional achievement, and perseverance.
Nominations/applications are also being accepted for the "Top 10 to Watch." Businesses that will be considered must be a South Hampton Roads for-profit emerging business with fewer than 99 employees, in business for six years or less as of January 1, 2012, but more than one year, or should have introduced a new product or entered a new market in the last five years.
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.
Nominations for all the awards are due by 5pm on Friday, February 24, 2012.
Download the nomination form for the Small Business of the Year Award, the “Top 10 to Watch,” and the Leadership Award
Download the nomination form for the YEA!
The 2012 Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year Awards luncheon will be held on Tuesday, May 22 during National Small Business Week, at The Founders Inn in Virginia Beach. Thanks to sponsors: Monarch Bank (Presenting); Inside Business (Media); and Impressions in Print (Leadership Award). For more information, call Lindsey Sigafoos at 757-664-2535.