35th Annual Small Business of the Year Awards


Small business is the backbone of today’s economy. Twenty-two million small businesses employ half of the country’s workforce.  They create two of every three new jobs, generate a majority of American innovations and will lead our nation and the world through the 21st Century.

Since 1981, the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce has recognized superior small businesses in the Bay area.  This has been, and continues to be, one of the most prestigious business awards in the Tampa Bay area.

  • March 6: Deadline for nominations
  • May 1: Deadline to submit applications
  • June 19: Interviews of semi-finalists and selection of finalists for:
    • Small Business of the Year (three categories) and Startup Business of the Year
    • 20 minute presentation by each semi-finalist company
  • August 27: Site visits and selection of winners for:
    • Small Business of the Year and Startup Business of the Year
      • 1 hour each
    • Outstanding Small Business Leader of the Year
      • 45 minute interview/site visit
  • September 17: The Bank of Tampa Reception
  • September 18: Small Business Awards Dinner
    • David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, Inc.
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About Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce

The Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce is a not-for-profit business membership organization that helps promote the businesses and business interests of our members. We come from diverse backgrounds: from small businesses, big corporations, government bodies and the military. United, we become a single, unifying force with the power to shape the future of Tampa Bay.