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Business Excellence Awards

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Since 2015, The Chamber has recognized exceptional businesses and business leaders in our community at the Business Excellence Awards. Annual award winners are presented with special bee sculptures in recognition of their achievements. (Scroll down to see all past winners!)


Black Business Alliance Businessperson of the Year
Creighton Blackwell, Coastal Credit Union

Businesswoman of the Year
Ellen Shannon, Triangle Media Partners

Young Professional of the Year
Alex Brandwein, Brandwein’s Bagels

Winners denoted with *

New Business of the Year
Exquisite Experience Venue
*Momo’s Master*
Sandhill’s Medical Staffing

Micro Enterprise Business of the Year
The Builder’s Agency
My Muses Card Shop
*Olmaz Jewelers*

Mid-Size Business of the Year
Goldfish Swim School
*J. Hoffman Studio Design Build*
Joel I. Levy, CPA, PLLC

Large Business of the Year
Chapel Hill Tire
Gonzalez Painters and Contractors
*Jersey Mike’s Subs*

Non-Profit of the Year
*South Orange Rescue Squad*

Community Impact Award
B3 Coffee
Extraordinary Ventures
*Grubb Properties*

Innovation Award
*Habitat for Humanity*
Kate’s Korner Learning Center
Leigh Brain & Spine

Click the category and business names below to review videos honoring past award winners: 

New Business of the Year

Micro-Enterprise Business of the Year

Mid Size Business of the Year

Large Business of the Year

Non-Profit of the Year

Community Impact Award

Innovation Award

Business Woman of the Year

Young Professional of the Year

Black Business Alliance Businessperson of the Year