The Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce announced 33 finalists for its 2017 Small Business Awards, but it held back the information for the two top categories.
The 23rd annual Loudoun County Small Business Awards ceremony is scheduled Nov. 2 at the National Conference Center in Lansdowne. At that time, the winners in 10 categories will be announced.
The finalists in eight of those categories were announced Sept. 7. The other two categories — Loudoun Entrepreneur and Small Business of the Year — will be announced after Sept. 15.the
“We are especially proud of these outstanding businesses, each of whom faced tremendous competition to be selected a finalist for Loudoun’s premier business award. We congratulate them on this honor and wish them luck on November 2nd when we will learn which ones have earned a Loudoun County Small Business Award,” said Chamber President Tony Howard.
A blue-ribbon committee of Loudoun County’s top business leaders and industry experts carefully examined a record number of applications to select the 33 award finalists.
Beginning Sept. 11, the People’s Choice Award will be open for public voting. This online ballot allows the public to vote for their favorite finalists in each industry category. These votes help determine which finalist earns top honors in their category, the top overall vote recipient will be named the People’s Choice Award winner at the Small Business Awards. Voting ends Sept. 14. To vote, visit LoudounChamber.org.
The 33 finalists announced Thursday include:
Finalists for Tourism & Entertainment Business of the Year:
EXIT Plan, an Escape Room Adventure
StageCoach Theatre Company
Finalists for Rural Business of the Year:
Old Ox Brewery
Dirt Farm Brewing
North Gate Vineyard
Finalists for Independent Retailer Business of the Year:
Car Clinic VA
KBF by Audi Contractors
Finalists for Service Business of the Year:
Insight Into Action Therapy
Pack Rat Hauling, LLC
Finalists for Home Based Business of the Year:
Mr. Appliance of Leesburg and Martinsburg
The Organizing Mentors
Finalists for Nonprofit Organization of the Year:
Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties
It Takes a Village, Baby!
Loudoun Volunteer Caregivers
Women Giving Back
Finalists for Innovative Business of the Year:
Automotive Quality Solutions
Blue Lion Multimedia
Select Construction Company, Inc.
Finalists for Health & Wellness Business of the Year:
Deidra Bird Kokel DDS
Fitness Design Solutions
Fitwize 4 Kids
Orangetheory Fitness Ashburn
The 2017 Small Business Awards sponsors include Middleburg Bank, Brickyard, One Hour Heating & Air, K2M, Inova Loudoun Hospital, Cropp Metcalfe, Main Street Bank, Claude Moore Foundation, 92.5 WINC FM, Bank of Clarke County, Inova Medical Group, LoudounNow, The National, Loudoun Times-Mirror, Select Construction Company, Galen Photography, Blue Lion Multimedia and Open Blooms.