FORT MYERS, Fla. – May 9, 2016 – The 22nd annual Southwest Florida Blue Chip Community Business Award, coordinated and sponsored by BB&T- Oswald Trippe and Company and BB&T Bank will take place Thursday, Nov. 3 at Harborside Event Center, located at 1375 Monroe Street in Fort Myers. The annual Blue Chip Award program recognizes successful, small business owners who have overcome adversity to achieve success.

Charlotte, Collier and Lee County for-profit businesses that have been in operation for at least three years under the same ownership and employ five to 400 people are eligible for the Blue Chip Award. Applications must be submitted no later than Sept. 6, 2016 and independent judges will select the winning entry.

The 2016 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 Greater Fort Myers Beach Area Chamber of Commerce and The Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce.

For information on attending the Blue Chip Award program or for submitting an application, please contact Stacey Mercado at (239) 433-7189 or SMercado@BBandT.com.

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 fifth 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, Pennsylvania, Alabama, Georgia, Florida and California. Visit Insurance.BBT.com to learn more.

APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN FOR THE 22nd ANNUAL BLUE CHIP COMMUNITY BUSINESS AWARD

FORT MYERS, Fla. – May 31, 2016 – The 22nd annual Southwest Florida Blue Chip Community Business Award is coordinated and sponsored by BB&T- Oswald Trippe and Company and BB&T Bank. Applications are now open to successful small businesses in Lee, Collier or Charlotte County that have overcome adversity to achieve success. To qualify, the for-profit business must have been in operation for at least three years under the same ownership and employ five to 400 people.

Applications are due by Sept. 6 and an independent panel of judges will pick the winning entry. Businesses can nominate themselves or be nominated by a third party. The award ceremony will take place Thursday, Nov. 3 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Harborside Event Center, located at 1375 Monroe Street in Fort Myers.

To submit an application, please contact Stacey Mercado at (239) 433-7189 or SMercado@BBandT.com.

The 2015 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 Greater Fort Myers Beach Area Chamber of Commerce and The Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce.

 

Southwest Florida Blue Chip Community Business Award Winners Years Previous

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.