The Greater Brandon Chamber of Commerce congratulates the area businesses that have been named 2012 Small Business of the Year Award semi-finalists.
Annually, this Awards Gala recognizes and honors small businesses within the Greater Brandon area that have demonstrated leadership, positive growth and development, creativity, and integrity in operating a business, as well as a commitment to community services. Award categories include: 1-5 Employees, 6-15 Employees, 16 Plus Employees, Home-Based Business and Minority or Women-Owned Business. The 2012 event will feature an innovative theme and program including a video tribute to the 15 finalists and past winners, and the recognition of winners of the Small Business of the Year in five distinct categories
Congratulations to these semi-finalists: One to five employees: Community Insurance Group, Ivey Carpet and Flooring, Mary and Martha House, Inc./Second Hand Rose Boutique, Moon Law Group, P.L., Zipperer’s Funeral Home; Six to 15 employees: ACE Heating & Cooling, Applied Sciences Consulting, Inc., Bivins & Hemenway, P.A., COX Electric, Griffin & Associates, P.A.; sixteen plus employees: Bay Life Academy, Beef O’Brady’s :The Original”, Delaney Creek Lodge, Ed Morese Cadillac of Brandon, The Rack-Sushi Bar & Billiards Lounge; Home Based: Dynamic Painting, Flair Etcetera, ION Apparel & Advertising Specialties, Morningstar Electric, LLC, Yard Guards on Doody, LLC; Minority and Woman Owned: A Touch of Wellness, Julie’s Walk-in Closet, Level Hair Studio, The Waiting Game Publication and Tutoring Club.
When asked about being nominated and becoming one of the semi-finalists, Rob Silver, owner of Dynamic Painting, said, “It’s an honor. We had been nominated during our first five years in business, but unfortunately we were too young of a company (must be in business five years to qualify). This year, we are very excited now that we are actually able to participate.”
The Awards Gala will take place on Thursday, October 18 at the Sheraton Tampa East Hotel, located at 10221 Princess Palm Ave., in Tampa. The Greater Brandon Chamber of Commerce’s 2012 Small Business of the Year Award Gala is Title Sponsored by The Bank of Tampa. Additional sponsors include Hanna, Lemar & Morris, C.P.A.’s, P.A., Tampa Bay Times and Coventry Health Care of Florida. For more information, visit

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