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Business of the Year Awards Finalists Announced

Business of the Year Awards Finalists Announced

Please join the Chamber to hear the announcement of this year’s Business Awards winners on Friday, November 13, 2015, at 11:30 am – 1:00 pm in the grand ballroom of the Best Western Gateway Grand Hotel. Our guest master of ceremony will be WCJB TV20 news anchor Dave Snyder.   

The Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce annually honors businesses for their role in helping our region become the global hub of talent, innovation, and opportunity. This year’s Business of the Year Awards is sponsored by SunTrust Bank. To be considered for a Business of the Year award, the organization should standout for excellence and innovation within business practices and community involvement.

Over a two day period a group of thirteen (13) judges, who are members reviewed forty-nine (49) applications. After reviewing the scores were tabulated and verified by two members of the business community, ensuring the highest integrity throughout the process. Reviewers assessed applications on a five point scale for each question.  Assessments focused on the following areas: Strategic and Financial Goals, Employee and Human Resources best practices, Customer Service Strategies, and Community Impact.

The Finalists:

Leading Women’s Enterprise  

  • Cloud 9 Spa Salon
  • Pepine Realty
  • Student Maid

Best Minority Owned Business

  • Caring & Sharing Learning School
  • Reggae Shack
  • The Best Restoration

Commitment to the Environment

  • Power Production Management
  • Solar Impact
  • Swamp Head Brewery

Best New / Startup Business  

  • First Magnitude Brewing Co.
  • Know Where Coffee
  • Northwestern Mutual

Best Non Profit  

  • Children’s Home Society
  • Community Foundation
  • The United Way

Best Overall Small Business

  • 2 College Brothers
  • New Scooters 4 Less
  • Student Maid
  • Thomas Group Realty

Best Overall Large Business

  • Infinite Energy
  • Info Tech
  • MindTree

Best Tech Company

  • MindTree
  • Optym
  • West Designs

Best Manufacturing Company  

  • Endoscopy Replacement Parts, Inc.
  • First Magnitude Brewing Co.
  • Swamp Head Brewery

Please help us congratulate all of our finalists and check out their business offerings.  You can learn more about them by using our member directory page. Click here to order tickets. 

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