The 23rd Annual Southwest Florida Blue Chip Community Business Award application deadline is fast approaching. Coordinated and sponsored by BB&T- Oswald Trippe and Company and BB&T Bank, the Blue Chip Community Business Award recognizes successful, small businesses in Lee, Collier or Charlotte County that have overcome adversity to achieve success. Applications must be submitted by Sept. 6.

Independent judges will pick the winning entry once all applications have been collected. Businesses can nominate themselves or be nominated by a third party. To qualify, the for-profit business must have been in operation for at least three years under the same ownership with principal office located in Lee, Collier or Charlotte County, employ five to 400 people and have overcome adversity to achieve success. The award ceremony will take place Thursday, Nov. 2 at a new location, Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa (5001 Coconut Rd., Bonita Springs).

To submit an application, please contact Stacey Mercado at (239) 433-7189 or

The 2017 Southwest Florida Blue Chip Community Business Award is endorsed by the Bonita Springs Area Chamber of Commerce, Business Observer, Cape Coral Chamber of Commerce, Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce, Charlotte County Economic Development Office, Christian Chamber of Southwest Florida, City of Cape Coral Economic Development Office, Englewood – Cape Haze Area Chamber of Commerce, Estero Chamber of Commerce, Florida Gulf Coast University, Florida Southwestern State College, Florida Weekly, Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce, Greater Lehigh Acres Chamber of Commerce, Gulfshore Business, Hodges University, Lee County Economic Development Office/Horizon Council, Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce, Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce, Southwest Florida Business Today, Southwest Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, The Chamber of Southwest Florida, The Greater Fort Myers Beach Area Chamber of Commerce and The Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce.

About BB&T Oswald Trippe and Company
BB&T-Oswald Trippe and Company provides comprehensive insurance and risk-management services to families and businesses throughout Florida. The agency offers the most effective insurance protection, strategies to meet changing business and insurance trends and the highest level of customer service. BB&T-Oswald Trippe and Company has offices in Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Miami, Naples, and Weston, Fla. To learn more, please call (239) 433-4535.

About BB&T Insurance Services
BB&T Insurance Services, the fifth largest insurance broker in the U.S. and the sixth largest internationally, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Branch Banking & Trust Company (BB&T). Founded in 1922, it operates more than 100 insurance agencies in Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Florida and California. Visit to learn more.

Southwest Florida Blue Chip Community Business Award Winners Years Previous

2016    Billy’s Rentals
2015    Gwendolyn’s Café and Catering Company
2014    Lee County Plumbing Supply, Inc.
2013    East West Veterinary Care Center
2012    ServiceMaster- CCS
2011    Parson Masonry, Inc.
2010    JRL Ventures/Marine Concepts
2009    Old Monty’s Restaurant & Pizzeria
2008    The Indigo Room

         LEE COUNTY                                                                 COLLIER COUNTY

2007    LeeSar Healthtrust Partners                                     Media Vista Corporation
2006    Fox Electronics                                                           Mikkelsen’s Pastry Shop
2005    Congress Jewelers                                                    Island Café
2004    Invest SW Title Services                                             Arturo’s Ristorante Italiano
2003    Priority Marketing                                                      Clean Air & Allied Supply
2002    Christ Centered Book and Music                           The Thomas Riley Artisans’ Guild
2001    Gulf Coast Printing Services                        Ark Naturals Products for Pets

The following companies were state honorees in the Blue Chip Enterprise Awards program, a national program that ran from 1994-2000:

2000                Cornerstone Financial Advisory, Inc.
Komputer Integration Service Specialist (K.I.S.S.)
Leather Medic, Inc.
Pinchers Crab Shack
Unified Marine, Inc.
Wellington Academy, Inc.

1999                Markham Norton Stroemer & Company, CPAs
The Chiropractic Practice of Dr. Lana Perkins

1998                Easy Picker Golf Products
R.J. Wire and Cable

1997                Computer Rescue Squad (National Winner)
King Landscaping & Sod of Southwest Florida

1995                The MARC of the Professionals

1994                Fireservice, Inc.


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