BRADENTON, FL – The 2014 Manatee Small Business of the Year Awards Luncheon was held on Thursday, May 22 at the Renaissance on 9th. This program annually recognizes small businesses for “quality and excellence” as exemplified by growth, productivity, customer service, job creation and overall contribution to the community. Presenting Sponsors of the Awards for 2014 were the Manatee Chamber of Commerce, Bradenton Herald, BB&T and Environmental Biotech International. Award sponsors included Hornback Chiropractic & Wellness and Johnson PhotoImaging.
This year there were 114 nominations and the winners were chosen from among the 16 finalists. The 2014 judges were Steve Litschauer, S2 Timing; David Spire, United Systems Computer Group, Inc.; Larry Woodham, Bunker Hill Vineyard & Winery; and, Carole Zoellner, Dieter’s Sod & Landscaping. Judges screened applications and conducted personal interviews as a part of the selection process.
The Manatee Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the 5 winners for 2014:
Manatee Green Business of the Year Award Winner
Anna Maria Historic Green Village
Lizzie Vann and Mike Thrasher
425 Pine Avenue
Anna Maria, FL 34216
Small Business of the Year Award Winner Under $500,000
Doug Van Dyke
1310 3rd Avenue West
Bradenton, FL 34205
Small Business of the Year Award Winner Under $1,500,000
Duncan Real Estate
310 Pine Avenue
Anna Maria, FL 34216
Small Business of the Year Award Winner Under $3,000,000
Gator Air Conditioning, Inc.
Michael Wick, Jarrod Falk, Jim Pomroy and Jimmy Romagnola
6216 28th Street East, Suite 1
Bradenton, FL 34203
Small Business of the Year Award Winner Over $3,000,000
Grapevine Communications International, Inc.
Angela Massaro-Fain & John Fain
5201 Paylor Lane
Lakewood Ranch, FL 34240
The 2014 Finalists Included:
Clean As A Whistle of Manatee, Cortez Heating & Air Conditioning, Creations by L, CS&L CPAs, Hide-Away Storage Services, L.A. Events, Manatee Learning Academy & Learning Unlimited, Pet’s Life Naturally, Richards Plumbing Repair, Robbins Insurance & Financial Services, and Tim Lester International Realty.
Congratulations to all of our Manatee Small Business of the Years Winners since 1980:
1980 Bradenton Tool & Machine
1981 Paul Bartley Photography
1983 Durbecks, Inc.
1984 Seafood Shack
1985 Community Bank
1986 Dan Blalock
1987 Persinger Insurance
1988 Catalina Beach Resort
1989 Mike Carter Construction
1989 PDG Electric
1989 C.R. Burnett & Sons
1990 Factory Tire Outlet
1990 Sun Bay Nursery
1990 Visitec Company
1990 Blair North American
1990 Goodson Electric
1991 REL Interiors & Exteriors, Inc.
1991 Forney Engineering
1991 Brown & Sons Funeral Home, Inc.
1992 Freeman Electronics
1992 Manasota Commercial Construction Company
1992 Richard Fawley Architects
1993 Firkins Jeep Eagle
1993 M. Kesten Apparel
1993 Bradenton House of Golf
1994 Larry Pearson Air Conditioning & Heating
1994 Varnadore, Hoffner, Tyler & King
1994 Café on the Beach
1995 Shinn, Meadowcroft & Co.
1995 Fox Advertising
1995 Miller Insulation & Acoustics
1996 Swan, Moody & Associates
1996 Molter Termite & Pest Control
1996 Eatman & Smith Architecture
1997 Ron Bernard Photography
1997 Wyman, Green & Blalock
1997 American Car Care
1998 Staffing Professionals
1998 Servpro of Bradenton
1998 Magee Sign Service
1998 Lombardo, Skipper & Foley
1999 Crowder Brothers Ace Hardware
1999 Jakes Automotive Center, Inc.
1999 Hough Engineering, Inc.
1999 Express Personnel Services
2000 Chateau du Chien Boarding Kennel
2000 Sea Breeze Coffee & Tea, Inc.
2000 Speak Easy Grill
2000 Air & Energy, Inc
2001 Décor Gallery & Framing/Décor & More
2001 Burke’s Auto Body
2001 Pools by Lowell, Inc.
2001 Eye Center, Inc.
2002 BC Cutters Hair Designers
2002 Premier Team, Inc.
2002 Popi’s Place Too, Inc.
2002 Forristall Enterprises, Inc.
2003 Midtown Catering
2003 Keilly’s Automotive, Inc.
2003 Children’s Therapy Associates
2003 Environmental Affairs Consultants, Inc.
2003 Mixon Fruit Farms
2004 Advertising Specialties and Promotions, Inc.
2004 Pittsburgh Mattress Factory
2004 All Star Steakhouse & Sports Bar, Inc.
2004 Technology Performance Group
2005 Harry’s Continental Kitchens
2005 Connie’s Produce
2005 Anna Maria Oyster Bar
2005 Terry E. Rehfeldt, P.A., CPA
2005 The Scissors Corporation
2006 Home Check Home Inspections
2006 Wild Monkey Gourmet
2006 Bradenton Beauty & Barber Academy, Inc.
2006 Whetstone Engineering & Testing, Inc.
2006 Earthworks Land Development, Inc.
2007 Pet Express Concierge
2007 Sharon Otis, Ed.D. P.A.
2007 The UPS Store @ Beachway Plaza
2007 Demetrios’ Pizza House
2007 Dieter’s Sod Service, Inc.
2008 Stanley Lambert Wines
2008 Biological Tree Services
2008 Tinsworth Orthodontics
2008 The Sandbar Restaurant
2008 Manson Roofing, Inc.
2009 Campus Books
2009 On A Shoestring
2009 Suncoast Gem Lab
2009 Turner Tree & Landscape
2009 Coastal Orthopedics & Sports Medicine
2010 Willis A. Smith Construction, Inc
2010 Ezra Fine Foods, Inc.
2010 The Trophy Case
2010 Polo Bar and Grill and Fete Catering
2010 Gator Plumbing
2011 Environmental Biotech International
2011 United Systems Computer Group, Inc.
2011 LaPensee Plumbing & Pools
2011 Webtivity Design Solutions
2012 Susan Humphreys Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor
2012 Gateway Bank of Southwest Florida
2012 Hornback Chiropractic and Wellness, P.A
2013 Bunker Hill Vineyard & Winery
2013 Suncoast Business Technologies
2013 Johnson Photo Imaging, Inc.
2013 Keeton’s Office & Art Supply
2013 Netweave Social Networking