Tampa Chamber Congratulates Four Members Named as U.S. Chamber Blue Ribbon Award Winners

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B-AG Contract, Bayshore Solutions, The Eye Doctors and The Woman’s Group were named Blue Ribbon Small Business Award® winners by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. These companies were recognized for their dedication to the principles of free enterprise and their contributions to restoring jobs and prosperity. Each of the four companies is a past winner of the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year Award.

“These four companies represent the best of the best in our local business community,” said Bob Rohrlack, Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce president and CEO.  “We are excited that four of our members were selected for this prestigious honor, a glowing recognition of their stellar business practices and of the success of our Small Business of the Year Awards program.  The winners of our SBOY honors are nominated for the U.S. Chamber Blue Ribbon Small Business Award. The continued success of our past winners at the national level as finalists is something we are extremely proud of.”

“As the business community has worked hard to do its part in moving the country forward economically, small businesses have continued to be the driving force responsible for much of our progress,” U.S. Chamber President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue said. “Our Blue Ribbon Award winners are the best of the best—growing and succeeding despite significant challenges.”

The U.S. Chamber will announce seven regional finalists on March 19 and honor all of this year’s Blue Ribbon Small Business Award winners at the 10th annual America’s Small Business Summit, taking place June 11 – 13 in Washington, D.C. During the summit, one regional finalist will receive the DREAM BIG Small Business of the Year Award, sponsored by Sam’s Club®, and a $10,000 cash prize courtesy of the U.S. Chamber. All Blue Ribbon winners are also eligible for the Community Excellence Award, which will be decided through online public voting, open now through February 28. The Chamber encourages the Tampa Bay area to vote for our area businesses by clicking here to access the online voting website.

A complete list of this year’s Blue Ribbon Small Business Award winners is available here.  To learn more about America’s Small Business Summit, visit www.uschambersummit.com.

The first step to the Blue Ribbon Small Business Award is competing in the Chamber’s 2014 Small Business of the Year Awards program, presented by Bay Cities Bank and Warren Averett CPAs and Advisors. The Chamber is currently accepting nominations; please click here for more information. Nominations close on March 7.

Chamber Names Winners of the 2013 Small Business of the Year Awards

SBOY-WinnersThe Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce announced the winners of the 2013 Small Business of the Year Awards, presented by Sam’s Club at a ceremony on Friday, September 20, at the Tampa Convention Center.  More than 800 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 Sam’s Club and represents the 33rd 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. This year marks the introduction of 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 2013 Small Business of the Year Award winners are:

Outstanding Leader: Bob Helms, Pegasus TransTech Corporation

Bob Helms is Chairman and CEO of Pegasus TransTech Corporation, a highly innovative technology company that helps customers go paperless with state-of-the-art electronic transactions, document management and workflow solutions. Helms took over the reins as Chairman in 2001 and helped stabilize the business which handles more than 60,000 transactions each day, services over 10,000 customers and manages 3 data centers.

Startup Company: MB2x

MB2x builds intuitive and dynamic web based software applications, websites, and mobile apps on the Microsoft stack. They specialize in transforming legacy software and established business processes to new, elegant, powerful and secure web and mobile based applications. MB2X was developed by a husband and wife team in late 2011 with hopes to create a Silicon Valley company right here in Tampa Bay. The company was created on the philosophy of building a talented team, great software and having integrity in all they do. By sticking by their vision of being a great place to work and offering innovative custom software, MB2X will have gained 35 employees, 5 products and revenue of over $10,000,000 by the end of 2013.

5 – 20 Employees: The EyeDoctors

Started in 2007, The EyeDoctors is an optometric office that provides exceptional family eye care for the Greater Tampa Bay area. Located in New Tampa, they are known for their advanced technology and offering of sophisticated tools that other eye care practitioners do not have available. Since opening, the business has grown about 30-40% each year when the national average for revenue growth in an optometry clinic is only 4%. The EyeDoctors mission is to improve lives by improving sight. They achieve this by matching each patient with the right exceptional product and educating the patient to the fullest in a relaxed atmosphere.

21 – 50 Employees: B-AG Contract

B-AG Contract incorporates intelligent design, research, superior products and innovative thinking to create distinctive high-performance workplace interiors that address the dynamic needs of their clients. B-AG is the exclusive Knoll dealer throughout the west, southwest and central Florida. Knoll is a leading manufacturer recognized as the benchmark for design, product quality and environmental sustainability. B-AG is committed to offering clients an architecturally integrated design approach to interior furniture workplace solutions.

51 – 250 Employees: The Woman’s Group, PA

The Woman’s Group was founded in 1998 with a vision to create a practice dedicated to high-quality obstetrical and gynecological care and education for women of all ages. Their values include thorough, high quality and compassionate medical care for their patients in a pleasant, comfortable and friendly environment. Fourteen years later, those guiding principles form the core culture of an organization that now employees 90 women, has 17 top notch practitioners, spans three office locations and serves three area hospitals.

Chamber announces semifinalists for 2013 Small Business of the Year Awards

SamsClub_WebToday the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce announced the semifinalists for the 2013 Small Business of the Year Awards to be held on Friday, September 20 at the Tampa Convention Center, presented by Sam’s Club. 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. An award will also be presented to the Outstanding Small Business Leader of the Year. The semifinalists for these four awards and the finalists for the Outstanding Leader award include:

Startup
Advanced Healthcare Partners
HealthAxis Group
LOLA Health
MB2X
NexLube Tampa, LLC
Refresh-A-Baby, Inc.

5-20 Employees
Ali Specialties
Awnclean
GolfTec
GreenCo Manufacturing Corporation
Hyde Park Capital Partners, LLC
Oculoplastic & Facial Cosmetic Surgery-Dr. William P. Mack M.D.
Prime Group Insurance Services, Inc.
The EyeDoctors
Water Resource Associates, Inc.
WorldOne, Inc.

21-50 Employees
B-AG Contract
Convergence Consulting Group
Crystal Clear Technologies
LEDnovation
Low Load Insurance Services, Inc.
NorthStar Bank
Pasco Iron and Metal LLC.
Pilot Bank
Roche Surety and Casualty Co., Inc.
Skybridge Resources

51-250 Employees
Ameriscape Services, Inc.
Cox Fire Protection
EKS Group LLC.
Franklin Street
Gator Cases Inc.
Harris McBurney Company
Hoye’s Pharmacy
MISource
Platinum Bank
The Women’s Group

Outstanding Leader Finalists
Bob Helms, Pegasus TransTech
Douglas McCree, First Housing
Joe Chiellini, Ameriscape Services
Lauren Weiner, Wittenberg, Weiner, Consulting, LLC.
MaryAnn Ferenc, Mise en Place, Inc.

The winners will be announced at the event on September 20. For more details on the Small Business of the Year Awards, please visit http://www.tampachamber.com.

Chamber Accepting Nominations for Small Business of the Year

Winners to Be Honored at Annual Banquet on September 20

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The Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce is now accepting nominations for the 2013 Small Business of the Year Awards, presented by Sam’s Club. All nominations must be submitted to the Chamber by Friday, March 8.

The Small Business of the Year Awards annually highlights the impact of small business on the Tampa community and recognizes the best of the best. Winners will be announced at the Chamber’s annual Small Business of the Year Awards ceremony, presented by Sam’s Club on September 20 at the Tampa Convention Center.

Nominations can be submitted for the 2013 Outstanding Business Leader of the Year, 2013 Small Business of the Year and a new category – the 2013 Startup Business of the Year. To be eligible for the company-wide awards, a business must be headquartered in Tampa Bay and have conducted business here for the last three years. Companies are evaluated on financial success, community involvement and ethical business practices. The company awards are presented in three categories based on number of employees:

5-20 Employees
21-50 Employees
51-250 Employees

Nomination forms can be found online at http://www.tampachamber.com/bi_sbya.asp. Submissions can be emailed to Staci Fraser at sfraser@tampachamber.com or faxed to 813.223.7899. Questions can be directed to Staci at 813.276.9453.

Chamber announces semifinalists for 2012 Small Business of the Year Awards

The Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the semifinalists for the 2012 Small Business of the Year Awards to be held on Friday, September 28 at the Tampa Convention Center, presented by Sam’s Club. 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. Companies are evaluated on operational management, community involvement and ethical business practices. An award will also be presented to the Outstanding Small Business Leader of the Year. The semifinalists for these four awards include:

 

5-20 Employees

Adcock Financial Group

Geyen Group South, Inc.

HCP

NorthStar Bank

Prime Group Insurance Services, Inc.

Rigatoni Tuscan Oven and Catering

Sun City Center Funeral Home

The Omnia Group

VoltAir Consulting Engineers, LLC

WestChase Veterinary Center

 

21-50 Employees:

Catering by the Family, Inc.

First Class Moving Systems, Inc.

LearnSmart, LLC

Pegasus TransTech

The Staffing Resource Group

 

51-250 Employees:

GLE Associates, Inc.

Hunter Warfield

Paradise, Inc.

TechHealth, Inc.

The Fountain Group

Turning Point of Tampa

Visual Awareness Technologies & Consultants, Inc.

Williams Schifino Mangione & Steady, P.A.

 

Outstanding Leader Finalists:

Jamie Harden, Creative Sign Designs

Valerie Harwell, The Omnia Group

Kevin Hourigan, Bayshore Solutions

The winners will be announced at the event on September 28.  For more details on the Small Business of the Year Awards, please visit www.tampachamber.com.

Couldn’t Make it to SBOY? Check out the photos!

Just in case you couldn’t attend our Annual Small Business of the Year Awards banquet on September 16, we’re happy to share some photos from the evening! Visit our Facebook page to see more.