ST PETERSBURG, Fla. – Forty-one local businesses are in the running for LocalShops1’s annual Best in Biz awards. The finalists were selected from hundreds of businesses nominated by local shoppers and business owners.
Finalists and winners will be honored on Aug. 6, 2015, during a cocktail reception and awards ceremony at the Museum of Fine Arts in downtown St. Petersburg. There will be two winners per category: judges vote, selected by an independent panel of journalists; and the people’s choice, selected through an online poll on LocalShops1.com.
The eventing’s keynote speaker is St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman, who took office in January 2014 and literally hit the road running with his Small Business Tour to follow through on his campaign pledges to help cut the red tape and make St. Petersburg a friendlier place for small businesses.
The show’s emcee is 10 News award-winning journalist Noah Pransky. He joined 10 News in 2009 and has since won several awards for news and sports reporting, including national recognition in 2013 for exposing safety issues on youth soccer fields and in 2014 for exposing red light camera abuses.
Tickets are available at LocalShops1.com/Events.
Best Established Business
Big Sea Design & Development
Grand Kitchen And Bath
Rick’s Home Theatre Store
Rubin Health Center
The Peaceful Warrior Massage
Best New Business
Big T Printing
Johanna Turner, Chiropractor
Out of the Weeds
Best at Grassroots Marketing
Degrees of Success
Pipo’s Cuban Cafe
Stash, a Place for Yarn
The Fashion Movement
Michele Tuegel Contemporary
Gold & Diamond Source
Gulfport Area Chamber of Commerce
Smokin’ J’s BBQ
Birds of Paradise
CASA – Community Action Stops Abuse
Fulfill Your Destiny
Grand Central District Association
Paws for Friendship
The Kind Mouse Productions
Toastmasters District 48
For tickets, go to LocalShops1.com/Events
LocalShops1’s Best in Biz: Small Business Awards is presented by C1 Bank. Our photography sponsor is Moorman Photographics.
For media inquiries, please contact Ester Venouziou at firstname.lastname@example.org or 727.637.5586.
LocalShops1 is a coalition of hundreds of independently owned businesses and tens of thousands of energetic shoppers with the mission of advocating, promoting and offering support services to companies throughout Tampa Bay. Founded in August 2008, LocalShops1 is the region’s most active voice for small businesses.
About the Best in Biz Awards
LocalShops1 celebrates its birthday by honoring the small businesses that make Tampa Bay such a great place. After an open online nomination period, businesses are pared down to a list of finalists in four categories: Best New Business, Best Established Business, Best at Grassroots Marketing and Most Community-Minded. Winners are selected through an online poll and by a panel of judges.
Event details: LocalShops1.com/Awards