Bradenton, Florida Chamber announces finalists for annual awards


After taking off a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Manatee Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year awards are back with a record number of nominations and more finalists.

In this 41st year of the awards ceremony, there have been over 230 nominations.

67 small businesses and 23 non-profit organizations were selected as finalists. Local businesses and non-profit organizations are known for their exceptional customer service, dedication to employees, business / organization growth, and community support.

Five small business winners and two nonprofit winners will be announced at an awards ceremony from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on November 16 at the Bradenton Area Convention Center, 1 Haben Blvd., Palmetto.

Finalists for the award by category, based on the size of the organization or business, with one being the smallest and five being the largest:

â–ª Small Business Category 1: Acer Construction, LLC, BananaBug Designs, Bite Me Cookies by Cindy, Custom Concepts Painting, Grivas Law Group, PA, Hideaway Styling Studio, LETS Landes Emergency Training Services, LGM Law, PLLC, Ohana Embroidery, Soul to Soul Yoga, LLC / Therapy Services for All Ages, DBA, Total Reporting, Tru Farm OHF Corp., Vet Care Express Animal Ambulance, and Your Family Matters, PA.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the last time the Manatee Small Business of the Year awards were presented in 2019. This year’s recipients included (left, front), Jonathan Marsh of Home Helpers of Bradenton, Tracy Vanderneck from Phil-Com, LCC, Training and Consulting for Nonprofits, Mark DeHaan from Turning Points, Tami Goudy from Veritas! Pest Management, Tim Boyle of US Tent Rental Inc. & Linens by the Sea, (second row, left) Cheryl Hedger, Margi Dawson and Adell Erozer, all of Turning Points, Donald and Bill Goudy of Veritas !, and Brian Boyle of United States Tent rental. Bradenton Herald file photo by James A. Jones Jr. [email protected]

â–ª Small Business Category 2: Abacus Web Services, Alyssa Gay Consulting, Big Frog Custom T-Shirts and more, Crystal Clean Green Cleaning, Excellence Performance, Loaded Cannon Distillery, Maloney Funeral Home, Massage Therapy Connections, Monroe Plumbing, Inc., North River Body Therapies, Physiotherapy Doctors of Florida, Premier Family Chiropractic, Rise to Shine Cleaning, WePellet and Your CBD Store Bradenton.

â–ª Small Business Category 3: ALL about Pediatric Dentistry for Children, Bayside Pet Resort & Spa, Blue Door Spa & Salon, Custom ComTek, Ellenton Discount Pharmacy, Flow Masters Plumbing Solutions, Inc., Harbor Chiropractic, IAS Marketing Services, RJM Contractors , Inc., Sirius Day Spa, The Center for Skin Wellness, Westcoast Design Build FL and WEW Enterprises, Inc. dba The Woodcrafters.

â–ª Small Business Category 4: A & A Trailer Hitch Center, A Affordable Attorney Gerling Law Group Chartered, Adkins Building & Construction, Anna Maria Island Resorts, LLC, Clark Financial Partners, Enterprise Service Level, Florida Suncoast Real Estate, Inc., Florida Surgical Specialist, InFocus Family Eyecare, Luhrsen Goldberg, LLC and West Coast OB / GYN.

08/24/2019 – Jonathan Marsh of Home Helpers of Bradenton accepted the Small Business of the Year award in 2019. Bradenton Herald file photo by James A. Jones Jr. [email protected]

â–ª Small Business Category 5: All Florida Safety Institute LLC, Bayside Sod, Destination Knowledge, DEX Imaging, Inc., Fawley Bryant Architecture, Flooring America of Bradenton, Formella Construction, LLC, Len’s Roofing, Inc., Lyteworks, Meadows Family Dentistry, M. Build, Permacast LLC, Shake Station Restaurant, and The Center for Urgent Care.

â–ª Non-Profit Category 1: Anna Maria Island Privateers, Inc., Care Net Manasota Pregnancy Center, Inc., CreArte Latino, Feeding Empty Little Tummies, Friends of Manatee County Animal Services, Gulf Coast Builders Exchange, Healthy Teens Coalition of Manatee County Inc., Hernando De Soto Historical Society, Inc., Heroes Welcome Home, NAMI Sarasota and Manatee Counties, Project Light of Manatee, Inc., Service Club Manatee County, Special Olympics Florida – Manatee County, Taking stock of the children of Manatee County, and Unidos Now.

â–ª Non-Profit Category 2: Manatee County Boys & Girls Clubs, CareerSource Suncoast, Hope Family Services, Inc., Manatee County Girls Club, Inc. dba Just for Girls, Manatee Meals On Wheels PLUS, Parenting Matters, The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature, and Women’s Resource Center.

Reservations are required for the award ceremony. For more information, contact Cara Misiewicz at 941-748-4842, ext. 122 or visit

This story was originally published 23 September 2021 13:54.

James A. Jones Jr. covers business news for the Bradenton Herald. Enlisted in the Army in 1966, he served in the Vietnam War as a signals officer. He is the author of “Oh, honey!” Choice and struggle in the era of Sputnik, the Vietnam War and the new millennium.
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