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The Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the 2013 Small Business of the Year Award finalists, celebrating the outstanding achievements of twelve companies who are making positive impact in the region. The finalist list includes businesses from a variety of industries, showcasing the diverse organizations that blend to make Charleston one of the top region’s for job creation and economic growth in the nation.
The finalists were culled from a total of 208 Small Business Award nominations generated earlier in the year representing companies in two tiers: Tier One: 1-25 full time employees; Tier Two: 26-100 full time employees. Nominees were showcased at the Chamber’s Annual Business Expo held at the North Charleston Convention Center in April. The application and subsequent judging process includes reviews of company materials submitted in the areas of finance, business planning, and market analysis followed by a company site visit.
Tier One Small Business Award Finalists
Charleston Balloon Company
Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry
Corporate Cycle Consulting
Charleston Local Development Corporation
Stubbs Muldrow Herin architects
Charleston Green Taxi
Tier Two Small Business Award Finalists
Seamon Whiteside +Associates
The 2013 Small Business Award winners will be announced at a lunch event on Thursday, October 31 at the Francis Marion Hotel in downtown Charleston. Award winners will represent companies that demonstrate such characteristics as civic community leadership, entrepreneurial spirit, outstanding contributions to the community, social responsibility and substantial social and/or economic impact in the business community.
The Chamber’s Small Business Awards program recognizes the dedication, innovation and entrepreneurial spirit displayed by Charleston’s small businesses. The small business finalists are symbolic of the American Dream at work in our nation and the heartbeat of Charleston’s economy. They take risks, solve problems, drive innovation and create jobs. Approximately 82 percent of Chamber members are identified as Small Business.