2017-06-15 / Business News

Overcoming adversity: 23rd Blue Chip award will honor local small business

President & CEO, Bonita Springs Chamber of Commerce

Each year the Bonita Springs Area Chamber of Commerce has the honor of endorsing the Blue Chip Community Business Award. This annual accolade is presented to a small business that has overcome extreme obstacles. The program is coordinated and sponsored by BB&T - Oswald Trippe and Company and BB&T Bank.

The Blue Chip Community Business Award — named after the nickname for stable, financially sound companies — considers for-profit businesses with between five and 400 employees that have been run by the same ownership for three consecutive years. Previous winners include: Billy’s Rentals, Gwendolyn’s Café and Catering Company, Lee County Plumbing Supply Inc. and East West Veterinary Care Center.

Last year it was the chamber’s privilege to nominate Old 41 Restaurant for the award, and it was ultimately named one of the five finalists.

The award program and luncheon acts as a reminder that our community, even beyond the business community, is built on our small businesses and the people who every day bring passion and hard work to the table to achieve success in those small businesses. Our vibrant community would not exist the way it does without these entities and the teams that keep them running.

Any business that has found success despite financial, personal or professional hurdles and meets the requirements mentioned above is eligible to apply for the Blue Chip Community Business Award by Sept. 6. Contact Stacey Mercado at BB&T at smercado@bbandt.com for an application. The award ceremony will be held Thursday, Nov. 2, at Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa. ¦

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