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October 31, 2013
Charleston, SC – The Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the 2013 Small Business of the Year Award winners, celebrating the outstanding achievements of companies who are making a positive impact in the region. The awards presented at a luncheon at the Francis Marion Hotel identified winners in two tiers: Tier One: 1-25 full time employees; Tier Two: 26-100 full time employees.
Tier One: Charleston Local Development Corporation
Tier Two: EventWorks
The two award winning organizations represent companies that demonstrate characteristics such as civic leadership, entrepreneurial spirit, outstanding community contributions, social responsibility and substantial social and/or economic impact in the business region.
Chris Fraser, Chairman-elect of the Charleston Metro Chamber presented the awards and lauded the Charleston Local Development Corporation.
“It is my pleasure to announce that the winner of the (Tier One) 2013 Small Business Award goes to an organization that helps small businesses at their earliest stage of operations. They provide financial and technical assistance to create, sustain and expand small businesses to increase employment opportunities, positively impact people’s lives, and elevate the regional economy.”
In presenting the Tier Two award to EventWorks, Fraser stated, “This year’s Tier Two Small Business Award goes to a company that works diligently to support the organization’s foundation of providing high-quality products and superior service. In just over three years, they have become a success in the Charleston market and have branched out to Myrtle Beach. They have outgrown a 10,000 square foot warehouse and have moved into a 45,000 square foot space. They give back by donating over $100,000 in products and services to various charities in Charleston.
Finalists were selected from a total of 208 Small Business Award nominees. The finalists in each tier were identified in late summer, showcasing the diverse organizations from a variety of industries:
Tier One Finalists
Charleston Balloon Company
Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry
Corporate Cycle Consulting
Stubbs Muldrow Herin architects
Tier Two Finalists:
Seamon Whiteside +Associates
Over 100 local business professionals attended the lunch event and heard presentations by three speakers representing successful small businesses in the region: Karen Elsey, Laura Alberts TastefulOptions; Kenneth B. Cantey, Freeland Construction Company, Inc., and Mason Holland, Benefitfocus. The event was emceed by Bruce Johnson, Wired To Grow.
The Chamber’s Small Business Awards program recognizes the dedication, innovation and entrepreneurial spirit displayed by Charleston’s small businesses. Small businesses are symbolic of the American Dream at work in the nation and are 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 Businesses.
About the Chamber: With more than 1,700 member organizations representing 100,000 professionals, the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce serves as the collective voice of the business community and a catalyst for advancing the region’s economy and enhancing members’ success through Advocacy, Innovation, Talent and Business Advancement. Visit charlestonchamber.net.