The Greater Sanford Regional Chamber of Commerce to Host Annual Small Business Week Awards


Upcoming 2016 Small Business Week Awards to be Hosted by The Greater Sanford Regional Chamber of Commerce in Conjunction with National Small Business Week.

SANFORD, Fla. (April 20, 2016) – The Greater Sanford Regional Chamber of Commerce will host its annual Small Business Week Awards on Wednesday, May 4, 2016, at the Heathrow Country Club in recognition of National Small Business Week.

According to Chamber President/CEO Frank S. Hale, “Shortly before his death in 1963 President John Kennedy signed a bill to recognize the accomplishments and contributions of America's small businesses. Each year since then the US Small Business Administration has recognized Small Business Week. The Chamber is pleased to join the national celebration by recognizing the accomplishments of hard working small business owners in Sanford and Seminole and Volusia Counties at the Chamber’s Small Business Awards Breakfast.”

Chamber Small Business Committee Chairwoman Rhonda Smith said, “Small business development and entrepreneurism are key components of today’s economy, as is evidenced by small business growth in our communities and the millions more developing in communities across the country.”

The ceremony will honor local businesses that have been nominated based on job creation, product or service innovation, staying power, response to adversity, contribution to the community’s economic well-being and more. Seven businesses will be awarded based on the following categories:
-  Small Business of the Year, up to 25 employees
-  Small Business of the Year, 26-100 employees
-  Small Business of the Year, 100-500 employees
-  Not-for-Profit Business of the Year
-  Home-Based Business of the Year
-  Family-Owned Business of the Year
-  Entrepreneur of the Year

“More than 180 small businesses from our community have received nominations this year,” says Hale. “The Small Business Week Awards is an excellent opportunity to support our local businesses and recognize the economic and social influence each contributes to our community. We look forward to honoring them. We encourage residents to thank small business owners and their staffs during Small Business Week and to shop local first.”

For more information or to register for this event, please visit the 2016 Small Business Week Breakfast event page


About The Greater Sanford Regional Chamber of Commerce
The Greater Sanford Regional Chamber of Commerce was established in 1920 to create and foster a dynamic business climate that provides a higher quality of life for community members. It serves the Central Florida communities of Seminole, Orange, Volusia, Brevard, and Lake counties, providing leadership on major growth, education, and cultural issues that affect business and the overall community.

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