Local businesses recognized at Sarasota Chamber Small Business Awards – Sarasota Herald-Tribune

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The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce celebrated local business at it’s annual Frank G. Berlin Sr. Small Business Awards on June 21 with a packed house at the recently opened Ora Ballroom at The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee.

About 600 people attended the celebration where 30 local businesses were recognized for excellence in the Sarasota region.

The Herald-Tribune Media Group was the presenting sponsor.

The Small Business Awards recognize member businesses that embody the spirit of entrepreneurship and contribute significantly to the local economy. The awards honor the legacy of Frank G. Berlin Sr. – whose dedication to the community and support of the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce inspired generations of business leaders – and celebrate the aspirations of contemporary entrepreneurs.


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The awards feature 10 categories to honor businesses of varying sizes and industries as well as those making significant contributions to the community and embracing innovation.

Previous coverage:New event space, The Ora, opens soon at Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee campus

Heather Kasten is president/CEO of the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce.

Small Business Award (1-25 employees) sponsored by Sarasota Bradenton International Airport 

Winner: Express Employment Professionals

Finalists: Creative Arts Academy, Wealth Strategies Partners

Medium Business Award (25-150 employees) sponsored by MidFlorida Credit Union

Winner: Berlin Patten Ebling, PLLC

Finalists: Kellogg & Kimley, Inc., PPi Technologies Group

 Large Business Award (150+ employees) sponsored by Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP

Winner: Roofing By Curry

Finalists: Harmar, Sarasota Ford

Community Impact Award sponsored by Kerkering, Barberio & Co. 

Winner: Catalist Realty LLC

Finalists: CMSA Scholz, Oswald and Shaffer, Sarasota Memorial Health Care System

Minority Business Award sponsored by Bank of America 

Winner: Aginto | A Digital Agency

Finalists: AGA Tax and Consulting Services, LLC, Castle Concierge

Woman-Owned Business Award sponsored by Herald-Tribune 

Winner: Fly Dance Fitness

Finalists: MamaZen, Music Compound

Rising Star Award sponsored by HH Staffing Services 

Winner: OnPlace

Finalists: 26 West Center, State College of Florida, Angotti Design

Workforce Development & Innovation Award sponsored by CareerSource Suncoast 

Winner: FleetForce Truck Driver Training

Finalists: Diversified Material Specialist (DMSI), RITE Technology

Non-Profit of the Year Award sponsored by HBK CPAs & Consultants

Winner: Girls Incorporated of Sarasota County

Finalists: Operation Warrior Resolution, Senior Friendship Centers

Hospitality of the Year Award sponsored by Visit Sarasota County

Winners: Gecko’s Hospitality Group, Michael’s On East Restaurant & Catering

Finalist: The Bay Park Conservancy, Inc.

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