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 SMercado@BBandT.com.
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 Insurance.BBT.com 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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