Lori Bukaweski and Chuck Burgess accept the award for the Brandon Sports and Aquatic Center Small Business of the Year in 2009.

Congratulations to the 15 area businesses, representing five business categories, that will be recognized at the Chamber’s annual Small Business of the Year Awards, sponsored by The Bank of Tampa – Brandon Division; Hanna, Lemar, & Morris, CPS’s; and media sponsor Osprey Observer.

Award categories include:  Home-Based, Minority or Women Owned, 1-5 Employees, 6-15 Employees and 16+ Employees. The judging panels are made up of members of the Service Core of Retired Executives (SCORE) – Chapter 203, and the Small Business Information Center of Hillsborough County. The judges will score applications to select Semi-Finalists, conduct interviews to further select Finalists, and then conduct site visits to determine the Winners.

Finalists will be announced in September and the Winners will be declared at the 30th Annual Small Business of the Year Awards Gala on October 21. 

For more information, contact Jamie Reid at 813-689-1221, ext. 8843, or jreid@brandonchamber.com.

2010 Small Business of the Year Awards Finalists
Tammy Morningstar – Morningstar Electric, LLC  
Christie Dyer – Word O Mouth Referrals, LLC  
Dave Kemp – Kemp Design Services  
Minority & Women Owned  
Shearon Bailey – Teachers’ Helper, Inc.  
Rinky Parwani – Parwani Law, P.A.  
Teresa Fink – American Dream Home Mortgage, Inc.  
1-5 Employees  
Dr. Michael Sip -Signature Dentistry  
Steve & Kathy Lieberman – Re/Max SouthShore Realty  
Julie Arndt – Minuteman Press  
6-15 Employees  
Dave West – Rolling Pin Kitchen Emporium  
Rory Weiner – Rory B. Weiner, P.A.

Pat Hill – The Maids Home Services  
 16+ Employees  
Jill Paules – Campbell’s Dairyland  
Lewis Jolly – Celestar Corporation  
LaShunda Magnum – Immaculate Janitorial Service, LLC  
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