Small Business of the Year Awards 9/8/17: POSTPONED

Due to the expected impact of Hurricane Irma on our region, we are postponing our 2017 Small Business of the Year Awards scheduled for Friday, September 8th at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts.  We apologize for any inconvenience this decision may cause, but community safety is our priority.

With the City of Tampa and Hillsborough County declaring states of emergencies, we further believe it is critical to allow time for you, your employees, event sponsors and chamber staff to take the level of action they feel appropriate to protect their families.

Please visit http://flvbeoc.org/index.php  for business preparation resources. If you are interested in volunteering, please visit https://www.volunteerflorida.org/.  Follow @AlertTampa on Twitter for real time updates on Hurricane Irma.

SBOY is now scheduled for October 18th.  All registrations will be honored for the new date.

Thank you for your understanding, and we look forward to celebrating our small businesses on October 18th!

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2017 Small Business of the Year Finalists

Startup Category

Hannah’s Shoebox
Hannah’s Shoebox is an online company that sells age-appropriate shoes to girls who wear women’s sizes. The company has donated hundreds of shoes to local charities and sells shoes to non-profits at a reduced rate to assist with providing shoes for girls in our local communities.
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Sharpline Investigations, LLC
Sharpline Investigations, LLC provides professional investigative services to small businesses and personal injury attorneys throughout the state of Florida. They believe in giving back to our veterans and do so by volunteering and supporting Operation Helping Hands, K9 Partners for Patriots, and Mission BBQ.
Startup Sharpline Investigations, LLC

Stravino Penrod Search Partners
Stravino Penrod Search Partners is a boutique recruiting firm focused on finding top tier accounting and finance talent for companies primarily in the Tampa Bay area. They stay involved in the community by supporting causes important to their clients and candidates. In May, they are supporting a candidate who lost her mother to Cancer by participating in Miles for Moffitt.
Startup Stravino Penrod Search Partners

Tomlin St Cyr Real Estate Services
In less than one year, Tomlin St Cyr Real Estate Services has grown from launching the business to being in the top 5% of producing brokers in Hillsborough County. The owners and employees believe they have a social responsibility to benefit society at large in Tampa Bay, and their contributions include Meals on Wheels, Boys and Girls Club, Junior Achievement, and more.
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VetCor LLC
Vetcor Services is a restoration company that solves water and mold damage problems in commercial and residential properties. They differentiate themselves by primarily employing former members of the U.S. military as their service technicians.
Startup Cat. VetCor LLC

5 – 20 Employees Category

Bella Prana Yoga and Meditation
Bella Prana Yoga and Meditation is a studio offering about 100 classes and workshops a week ranging from beginners to advanced hot yoga. They host the largest annual free yoga class in Central Florida, Rock Asana. Approximately 1,000 students joined them in Curtis Hixon Park for the event this year.
5-20 Category Bella Prana

C&K Architects | Interiors, Inc.
C&K Architects | Interiors, Inc. is a Tampa-based firm with over 55 years of providing services in Commercial Architecture. Interior Design, and Client Services both within the Tampa Bay area and nationwide. C&K is a founding member of the Tampa Branch of the US Green Building Council
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Loupin Construction
Loupin Construction was founded in 2010 with the goal to become the preferred builder of choice in the Tampa Bay community. Their vision is to build on integrity, honesty, professionalism, cutting-edge project management, technology, and the highest quality workmanship.
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Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta, PA
For over 34 years, Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta has provided first class, client-centered legal services in every area of complex family law. They volunteer firm resources, people, and time to various pro bono clients and volunteer projects.
Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta, PA

StillPoint Capital LLC
StillPoint Capital is the largest and strongest independent investment bank where securities-registered representatives conduct middle-market transactions in M&A and capital raises of debt and equity. Since inception, the company has grown by reputation only and has over 150 registered reps worldwide.
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21 – 50 Employees Category

Coppertail Brewing Co
Coppertail Brewing Co is a packaging brewery and tasting room located in Ybor City. Their main charitable partner is Tampa Bay Watch. Making beer requires a lot of water, so they want to responsibly use this resource. Each year, Coppertail Brewing Co donates thousands of dollars in cash and free products to help support the mission of improving water quality and restoring the natural habitat in Tampa Bay.
Coppertail Brewing Co.

Davis Industrial
Davis Industrial is an industrial services company that specializes in conveyor maintenance, metal fabrication, and power transmission. They have an in-house Community Service Task Force, and each quarter, the task force members (employees) pick out certain community service and sponsorship projects that are near and dear to their hearts.
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Dobler Consulting Services
Dobler Consulting is a database and IT solutions company whose specialty is helping clients maintain business and mission-critical databases. Their team is passionate about causes that include education, the elderly, animals, and technical events. The company actively participates in hosting sponsoring, and volunteering at approximately 20 events per year.
Dobler Consulting

Haneke Design
Haneke Design is a custom software development company focused on delivering user-centered solutions for connected devices. The common thread in all their community involvement is cultivating new tech projects in the start-up space and helping foster young talent to stay in Tampa to pursue their careers in tech.
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Sparxoo
Sparxoo is an integrated digital marketing agency and minority-owned business. They led the rebrand for Tampa Theatre as a pro bono initiative and are proud the theatre experienced a 57% year over year (YOY) increase in attendance following the rebranding project.
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51 – 250 Employees Category

Boring Business Systems, Inc.
Boring Business Systems enables organizations to better manage the flow of information and ideas by providing superior technology and processes that increase efficiency and reduce costs. They are expanding their community reach in Tampa Bay by developing further initiatives with several nonprofit community enrichment organizations, including Lowry Park Zoological Society of Tampa, Lowry Park Endowment Foundation, Metropolitan Ministries, and R.I.C.H. House.
Boring Business Systems

Health Insurance Innovations
Health Insurance Innovations is a leading developer and administrator of affordable, web-based individual health insurance plans and ancillary products. They have been involved in raising money and donating to multiple local charities over the years, including Starting Right Now, AMI/Kids Tampa, Sydney’s School for Autism, and Joshua House.
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IT Authorities
IT Authorities is a Tampa-based Infrastructure Management & Support Organization (IMSO) serving clients throughout the United States. They host events to collect donations for Eckerd Kids and provide kids with the supplies they need to start the school year. During the holiday season each year, IT Authorities “adopts” a family from the Children’s Cancer Center. Money and toy donations are accepted to help families have the Christmas they deserve.
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NewSouth Window Solutions
NewSouth Window Solutions custom manufactures, sells, and installs high performance, energy efficient windows and doors with hurricane impact options. NewSouth won a “Green Award” for their work in the state of Florida for energy efficiencies. They also offer a scholarship for college students who are committed to energy efficient ideals and practices.
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Tampa Fitness Partners/Orangetheory Fitness
Tampa Fitness Partners is a franchise and franchise management company specializing in “helping people achieve their personal greatness” business. They currently “wear the disguise” of boutique style fitness studios called Orangetheory Fitness. The company’s biggest community service involvement comes from their extraordinary partnership with Feeding Tampa Bay.
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Outstanding Leader Category


Vincent J. Cassidy, President &  CEO, Majesty Title Services, LLC.
Over the last 10.5 years, Vincent Cassidy has built his company from the ground up. He is unwavering in his determination to execute his vision and grow the firm. Vincent is the backbone of the organization and selflessly gives of himself to his team and community.
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Topher Morrison, Managing Director, Key Person of Influence
Topher Morrison knows that a true leader creates more leaders. He proves that both internally by providing massive leadership development opportunities to his staff and by pushing clients to achieve greater levels of success every day. Topher applauds internal failures, as it is a sign that his staff is taking risks in order to innovate.
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Kim O’Brien, Principal, AccountAbility Staffing
One of Kim O’Brien’s team members commented, “Kim is a fireball of energy and passionate about what she does. She pays attention and knows what’s going on with people, what they care about, and what makes them tick. That creates an environment where people trust and rely of her and also motivates them to strive to do the same themselves.”
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Chamber announces finalists for 2017 Small Business of the Year Awards

Yesterday, the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce announced the finalists for the 2017 Small Business of the Year Awards, presented by BB&T & Frazier & Deeter CPAs and Advisors to be held on Friday, September 8 at the David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts. These awards highlight the impact of small business on the community and celebrate the achievements of the best of the best in Tampa Bay.

Small business awards will be presented in three categories based on the number of employees, with a fourth category specifically for startup companies. Companies are evaluated on operational management, community involvement and ethical business practices. The finalists for the four company awards and the Outstanding Leader award include:

 

Outstanding Leader

Vincent Cassidy, Majesty Title Services, LLC

Topher Morrison, Key Person of Influence

Kim O’Brien, AccountAbility Staffing

Startup

Hannah’s Shoebox

Sharpline Investigations, LLC

Stravino Penrod Search Partners

Tomlin St. Cyr Real Estate Services

VetCor LLC

5-20 Employees

Bella Prana Yoga and Meditation

C&K Architects/Interiors Inc.

Loupin Construction

Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta, PA

StillPoint Capital LLC

21-50 Employees

Coppertail Brewing Co.

Davis Industrial

Dobler Consulting Services

Haneke Design

Sparxoo

51-250 Employees

Boring Business Systems, Inc.

Health Insurance Innovations

IT Authorities

NewSouth Window Solutions

Tampa Fitness Partners/Orangetheory Fitness

 

 

 

The winners will be announced at the event on September 8.  For more details on the Small Business of the Year Awards, please visit www.tampachamber.com.

Chamber announces semifinalists for 2017 Small Business of the Year Awards

Earlier this week, the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce announced the semifinalists for the 2017 Small Business of the Year Awards, presented by BB&T & Frazier & Deeter CPAs and Advisors to be held on Friday, September 8 at the David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts. These awards highlight the impact of small business on the community and celebrate the achievements of the best of the best in Tampa Bay.
Small business awards will be presented in three categories based on the number of employees, with a fourth category specifically for startup companies. Companies are evaluated on operational management, community involvement and ethical business practices. The semifinalists for the four company awards and finalists for the Outstanding Leader award include:

Startup

Clearly Agile, Inc.

Electus Global Education Co., Inc.

Hannah’s Shoebox

Mini Doughnut Factory

Sharpline Investigations, LLC

Stravino Penrod Search Partners

Tampa Music School

The Marketing Posse

Tomlin St Cyr Real Estate Services

VetCor LLC

5-20 Employees:

Bella Prana Yoga and Meditation

C&K Architects/Interiors, Inc.

Dalton Dental

Geyen Group South Inc.

Key Person of Influence

Loupin Construction

Preschool Readers

Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta, PA

StillPoint Capital LLC

Vein911

21-50 Employees:

Coppertail Brewing Co.

Davis Industrial

Dobler Consulting Services

Haneke Design

NorthStar Bank

Sparxoo

51-250 Employees:

Boring Business Systems, Inc.

College Hunks Hauling Junk

Forcon International

Health Insurance Innovations

IT Authorities

Lap of Love Veterinary Hospice

NewSouth Window Solutions

Nicopure Labs

Quiet Professionals, LLC

Tampa Fitness Partners/Orangetheory Fitness

Outstanding Leader Finalists:

Vincent J. Cassidy, Majesty Title Services, LLC

Topher Morrison, Key Person of Influence

Kim O’Brien, AccountAbility Staffing

The winners will be announced at the event on September 8.  For more details on the Small Business of the Year Awards, please visit www.tampachamber.com.

Chamber Names Winners of the 2016 Small Business of the Year Awards

Tampa, Fla. – The Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce announced the winners of the 2016 Small Business of the Year Awards at a ceremony on Friday, September 16, at the David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts. More than 550 attendees celebrated the accomplishments of Tampa Bay’s small business community and toasted the evening’s big winners.

This year’s event was presented by BB&T and Frazier & Deeter and represents the 36th year the Chamber has recognized this key segment of the region’s economy. Small business awards were presented in three categories based on the number of employees and a fourth business category honoring a startup company. Companies are evaluated on financial success, community involvement and ethical business practices. An award was also presented to the Outstanding Small Business Leader of the Year.

The 2016 Small Business of the Year Award winners are:

Outstanding Leader: Maryann Ferenc, Mise en Place Hospitality

Maryann is the President & CEO of Mise en Place Hospitality Group. Over the past 30 years, Mise en Place has grown from a small catering business and gourmet carryout shop into an internationally recognized fine dining establishment and hospitality group in Tampa. Maryann leads by example. She sets high standards for the organization, and she lives and breathes those standards every day. On any given night at Mise en Place Maryann can be seen welcoming customers and if necessary, running trays of food to help the servers. She inspires the Mise Hospitality Team on a daily basis with her respect, passion, wisdom and unparalleled energy.

 Startup Company: 3 Daughters Brewing

Family owned and locally operated, 3 Daughters Brewing is one of the fastest growing breweries in the state of Florida. 3 Daughters Brewing offers an interactive tasting room experience for beer lovers to try one of 60 hand crafted recipes on tap, listen to live music, enjoy family friendly games and learn about craft beer. 3 Daughters Brewing beers are sold in notable retailers such as Walt Disney World, Amalie Arena, Tropicana Field, Publix, Winn Dixie, Sam’s Club, Target, Outback Steakhouse, Hooters, Total Wine and ABC Fine Wine & Liquor.

5 – 20 Employees: Laser Locators

Laser Locators is a $7M global company that buys, sells and services new and used ophthalmic equipment, including surgical lasers, refractive lasers as well as diagnostic and surgical equipment. Located in Tampa, the staff consists of laser engineers and technicians that service the equipment at the facility or in the field. Laser Locators ships to every corner of the U.S. and has done business in over 100 countries around the world with a tremendous amount across Europe, Asia and South America.

21 – 50 Employees: Vistra Communications, LLC

Founded in 2007 as a strategic public relations and management consulting agency, Vistra Communications (Vistra) has successfully developed into a full-service communications strategy and professional solutions agency focused on providing services to corporate, government and nonprofit clients both locally and nationwide. Vistra has grown to nearly 50 team members working in the Tampa Bay area at both the North Tampa headquarters and at CENTCOM as well as in Orlando, Miami and Virginia, and is an SBA 8(a) Certified Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business.

51 – 250 Employees: Yacht Starship Dining Cruises, LLC

Yacht StarShip Dining Cruises, LLC operates a fleet of 3 of the finest dining yachts in America and provides customers with an unforgettable experience that includes spectacular views, fine dining, dancing, and award winning service. Yacht StarShip operates the largest fleet of Dining Yachts in Florida and offers public and private charters, featuring weddings, corporate events, holiday parties, convention groups and social occasions. The company recently opened Pirate Water Taxi, which provides 7 days a week scheduled water taxi service to 13 locations in Downtown Tampa.

Get to know the 2016 Small Business of the Year Finalists!

Startup

3 Daughters Brewing

Family owned and locally operated, 3 Daughters Brewing is one of the fastest growing breweries in the state of Florida. 3 Daughters Brewing offers an interactive tasting room experience for beer lovers to try one of 60 hand crafted recipes on tap, listen to live music, enjoy family friendly games and learn about craft beer. 3 Daughters Brewing beers are sold in notable retailers such as Walt Disney World, Amalie Arena, Tropicana Field, Publix, Winn Dixie, Sam’s Club, Target, Outback Steakhouse, Hooters, Total Wine and ABC Fine Wine & Liquor.

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eSmart Recycling

eSmart recycling is a social enterprise whose primary mission is to set up tech labs for kids without access to technology in our community and in developing countries. In order to fund these programs, eSmart Recycling recycles computers, electronics and IT equipment from corporations. What started as a scrap metal trading business quickly became an entity that has a pulse, a heart and the ultimate goal of making a powerful impact in communities all over the world.

NoMo Nausea Band

NoMo Nausea is the first and only natural way to stop nausea, vomiting and migraines instantly for adults, kids and now dogs too. NoMo Nausea Instant Relief Bands were warmly welcomed into ecommerce and retail stores across the country to help moms have a better pregnancy, a fun cruise and kids enjoy long car rides again. All NoMo Nausea Band products are latex-free wristbands that use the highest medicinal grade essential oils and are reusable and recyclable.

PikMyKid

PikMyKid was founded with the vision of simplifying the student dismissal process, reducing chaos and decreasing traffic in school neighborhoods without any compromise to student safety. PikMyKid uses advanced algorithms and relational positioning methodology that is embedded in proprietary software. This streamlines the entire student dismissal process, which provides real time updates to parents. PikMyKid also generates auditable records for school administration. PikMyKid is becoming the most reliable real-time communication platform for schools to engage their parent community.

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VetCor Services

VetCor Services, founded on Veterans Day in 2013, is a restoration company focused on creating employment opportunities for veterans of the U.S. Military. VetCor provides 24/7 emergency services in water damage restoration, mold remediation and related services in Hernando, Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk and Manatee counties from the Tampa Bay Regional office and corporate headquarters. Additionally, VetCor has a partnership with BCPeabody Construction and serves as a subcontractor for them to do all the demolition work for their Lowes kitchen and bath remodeling projects.

SBOY Pic     Brian and Gabe

5 – 20 Employees

Animal & Bird Hospital of Clearwater

The Animal & Bird Hospital of Clearwater is a full service veterinary clinic catering to companion animals, including but not limited to dogs, cats, birds, rabbits, hamsters, guinea pigs, rabbits, ferrets and hedgehogs. Routine vaccinations and wellness exams are but a portion of the services offered. Daily surgeries include spays, neuters, cystotomies (bladder stone removal), tumor removal and biopsies, exploratory surgery and dental cleaning and extractions. All surgeries are performed by use of a CO2 laser, so there is virtually no blood loss and diminished pain at the incision site.

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Captain Memo’s Pirate Cruise

Captain Memo’s Pirate Cruise has called Clearwater Beach Marina its home for the past 38 years.  Public and private pirate themed boat charters on the intercoastal waters of Clearwater and into the Gulf of Mexico are offered 7 days a week 364 days a year. Activities for all ages include dolphin watching, music, games, pirate stories, dancing and all-around fun. Captain Memo’s Pirate Cruise also hosts weddings, birthdays, burials at sea, corporate functions, team building events and school field trips.

Abroad Captain Memo's Pirate Ship     Dean Kent (Trenam Law), Brian Adcock (Adcock Financial Group), Matt Michini (Michini Wealth Mgmt.)-judges

CTI

CTI is the leading provider of innovative consulting, training and development services for professionals and organizations. CTI’s primary focus is the healthcare market and transforming healthcare through leadership, strategy, and innovation. CTI provides rigorous, experiential learning that is custom-fit for each client, resulting in improved performance and long-term succession planning. CTI works with healthcare organizations from the nation’s largest hospital systems and physician groups to single community hospitals and small practices.

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Dalton Dental

Dalton Dental is a state-of-the-art private dental practice that offers advanced dentistry, including veneers, crowns, and specialty services in periodontics, treatment of gum and bone disease. This includes cutting-edge laser periodontal treatment, gum rejuvenation/lifts, facial rejuvenation as well as advanced, high-tech dental procedures including anti-oxidants, metal-free, and most importantly painless. The dental experience at Dalton Dental is like no other. The team works diligently to create a warm and relaxing atmosphere where patients can feel at home and comfortable.

Dalton Dental & Judges     Dalton Dental

Laser Locators

Laser Locators is a $7M global company that buys, sells and services new and used ophthalmic equipment, including surgical lasers, refractive lasers as well as diagnostic and surgical equipment. Located in Tampa, the staff consists of laser engineers and technicians that service the equipment at the facility or in the field. Laser Locators ships to every corner of the U.S. and has done business in over 100 countries around the world with a tremendous amount across Europe, Asia and South America.

Diane McKelvey (AMB), Dean Kent (Trenam Law), Brian Adcock (Adcock Financial Group) and Matt Michini (Michini Wealth Mgmt.)     Scientist

21-50 Employees

BMG Conveyor Services of Florida, Inc.

BMG Conveyor Services of Florida, Inc. is an industrial services company that specializes in conveyor maintenance, metal fabrication and power transmission. Acquired in 2008 with three employees, BMG Conveyor Services now has 2 facilities located in the Palm River area that operates with 34 full time employees. The conveyor belt shop and parts warehouse are located in a 30,000 sq ft building on 2.5 acres on 16th Avenue. The fabrication shop is across the street in 24,000 sq ft facility on 4 acres of property.

Brew Bus

 Brew Bus is a unique, multi-faceted company that has two core businesses: producing delicious local craft beer and operating a multi-city transportation/tourism service that focuses on highlighting the Florida craft beer industry. Brew Bus operates in Tampa Bay and South Florida and offers weekly public events and private charter services for locals and tourists looking to experience the local craft beer culture. Brew Bus also offers events such as “Traveling Beer Dinners,” which highlight local restaurants and the culinary chemistry between styles of craft beer and particular foods.

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 The Overhead Door Company of Tampa Bay

The Overhead Door Company of Tampa Bay is family owned and offers products and services in the residential, commercial and industrial door sectors. In addition to garage doors and openers, Overhead Door Company designs, sells, repairs and maintains gates, access entry systems, loading dock equipment, hurricane shutters and doors, fire doors and curtains, truck doors, commercial overhead doors, industrial doors and Smart Home automation products. A top priority for the company is to give back to the community through a partnership with Metropolitan Ministries and other local charities.

Vistra Communications

 Founded in 2007 as a strategic public relations and management consulting agency, Vistra Communications (Vistra) has successfully developed into a full-service communications strategy and professional solutions agency focused on providing services to corporate, government and nonprofit clients both locally and nationwide. Vistra has grown to nearly 50 team members working in the Tampa Bay area at both the North Tampa headquarters and at CENTCOM as well as in Orlando, Miami and Virginia and is an SBA 8(a) Certified Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business.

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Wiand Guerra King

 Wiand Guerra King is a commercial litigation law firm with a focus on the financial services industry. The firm was founded in 2009 by 7 partners who practiced together for many years at Fowler White Boggs, one of the largest and oldest firms in Florida. Wiand Guerra King has become recognized nationally as one of the premier firms that serves the financial services, and WGK lawyers consistently achieve superior results in matters ranging from high leverage “bet the company” matters involving the most complex legal issues to matters that are relatively straightforward.

SBOY 2016 (82)     SBOY 2016 (69)

51 – 250 Employees

DAS Health

DAS Health is a leading provider of Health IT and management solutions and a trusted consultant to physician groups, hospitals and healthcare systems across North America. For more than a decade, DAS Health has been a constant compass for clients in the face of changing healthcare legislation and reimbursement models, mandatory technology enhancements and the shift toward preventative and accountable patient care. DAS Health has been recognized for the past four years as one of the top Healthcare companies on the Inc. 5000 list of fastest growing privately held companies in the country.

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Red Cap Plumbing & Air, Inc.

Red Cap Plumbing & Air opened its doors in 2003 with a focus on giving customers premier services at fair prices with a commitment to taking care of customer needs the day they call for service. Red Cap Plumbing & Air is committed to finding the best products in the market by researching all new and innovative products to assure they meet the highest standards for quality and workmanship. Red Cap stands behind all products offered even when the manufacturer does not and is passionate about customer service and quality of work for each and every customer.

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Yacht StarShip Dining Cruises, LLC

 Yacht StarShip Dining Cruises, LLC operates a fleet of 3 of the finest dining yachts in America and provides customers with an unforgettable experience that includes spectacular views, fine dining, dancing, and award winning service. Yacht StarShip operates the largest fleet of Dining Yachts in Florida and offers public and private charters, featuring weddings, corporate events, holiday parties, convention groups and social occasions. The company recently opened Pirate Water Taxi, which provides 7 days a week scheduled water taxi service to 13 locations in Downtown Tampa.

Judges Welcome     Troy Manthey

Outstanding Leader Finalists

Brian Butler, Vistra Communications

 Brian Butler is President of Vistra Communications, LLC, which is a full-service communications strategy and professional solutions agency. Brian started this company out of his home at a time when the economy was in bad shape and many questioned the timing for starting a business. Taking the company from 1 to nearly 50 employees, Brian is not only concerned with the business but the team members’ professional and personal growth. He keeps team members engaged by constantly challenging them, seeking their ideas and providing recognition for contributions. Brian has worked alongside industry mentors and trusted advisors who to this day provide insight and advice regarding the company.

21-50 Cat. Brian Butler -Vistra Communications

 

Maryann Ferenc, Mise en Place Hospitality Group

Maryann is the President & CEO of Mise en Place Hospitality Group. Over the past 30 years, Mise en Place has grown from a small catering business and gourmet carryout shop into an internationally recognized fine dining establishment and hospitality group in Tampa. Maryann leads by example. She sets high standards for the organization, and she lives and breathes those standards every day. On any given night at Mise en Place Maryann can be seen welcoming customers and if necessary, running trays of food to help the servers. She inspires the Mise Hospitality Team on a daily basis with her respect, passion, wisdom and unparalleled energy.

Leader Maryann_Ferenc - Mise En Place

Brian Murphy, ReliaQuest LLC

 Brian Murphy is the President & CEO of ReliaQuest LLC. ReliaQuest empowers organizations to keep pace with the latest relevant security technology innovations and services while simplifying the often complex interactions between security, risk and compliance. Brian’s beliefs about leadership are simple: show up, work hard, be honest, give more than you take, treat people well and lead from the front. Brian heard a US Army Colonel describe the concept of BE, KNOW, DO. The KNOW piece describes the fact that leaders don’t have to “know” everything that their team knows to be good leaders; in fact, they shouldn’t. Brian applies this philosophy to fostering teamwork at ReliaQuest.

Leader Cat. Brian Headshot -ReliaQuest

 

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Chamber announces finalists for 2016 Small Business of the Year Awards

July 11, 2016

Tampa, Fla. – Today, the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce announced the finalists for the 2016 Small Business of the Year Awards, presented by BB&T & Frazier & Deeter CPAs and Advisors to be held on Friday, September 16 at the David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts. These awards highlight the impact of small business on the community and celebrate the achievements of the best of the best in Tampa Bay.

Small business awards will be presented in three categories based on the number of employees, with a fourth category specifically for startup companies. Companies are evaluated on operational management, community involvement and ethical business practices. The finalists for these four awards and the Outstanding Leader award finalists include:

  Startup

3 Daughters Brewing

eSmart Recycling

No Mo Nausea Band

PikMyKid

VetCor Services

  5-20 Employees:

Animal & Bird Hospital of Clearwater

Captain Memo’s Pirate Cruise

CTI

Dalton Dental

Laser Locators

 

 

21-50 Employees:

BMG Conveyor Services of Florida, Inc

Brew Bus

The Overhead Door Company of Tampa Bay

Vistra Communications

Wiand Guerra King

51-250 Employees:

DAS Health

Red Cap Plumbing & Air, Inc.

Yacht Starship Dining Cruises, LLC

Outstanding Leader Finalists:

Brian Butler, Vistra Communications

MaryAnn Ferenc, Mise En Place

Brian Murphy, ReliaQuest LLC

 

The winners will be announced at the event on September 16. For more details on the Small Business of the Year Awards, please visit www.tampachamber.com.