BRANDON, FL – The Greater Brandon Chamber of Commerce will once again recognize and honor Greater Brandon Area small businesses that have demonstrated leadership, positive growth and development, creativity, integrity in operating a business, and commitment to community services during the 2013 Small Business of the Year Awards to be held October 17. Nominations are now being accepted until 5:00 p.m. July 8, 2013.
This annual awards banquet honors small business owners and the entrepreneurial spirit that enriches the economy of our local community and the nation. Fifteen area businesses, representing five business categories, will be recognized during the event sponsored by The Bank of Tampa – Brandon Division, Tampa Bay Times, Celestar Corporation, Sheraton Tampa East Hotel and Hanna, Lemar & Morris, C.P.A.’s, P.A. Award categories include Home-Based Business, Minority or Women Owned Business, 1-5 Employees, 6-15 Employees and 16-Plus Employees.
The judging panel consists of Service Core of Retired Executives (SCORE) – Chapter 203 members and Small Business Information Center of Hillsborough County representatives. The judges will score applications to select semi-finalists, conduct interviews to further select finalists and then conduct site visits to determine award winners. Finalists will be announced in September and the winners will be recognized during the annual Small Business of the Year Awards Gala on October 17, 2013.
Members of the community are encouraged to submit 2013 nominations. Anonymous and self-nominations are also accepted. For more information contact Laura Simpson at (813) 689-1221, Ext. 8821, or firstname.lastname@example.org or Suzanne Dowdy at (813) 689-1221, Ext. 8836. Nomination forms are also available at www.brandonchamber.com. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, persons needing special accommodations to participate should contact Suzanne Dowdy no later than 48 hours prior to the nomination deadline.