Briles Johnson, director of the Women's Business Center of North Carolina at the N.C. Institute of Minority Economic Development

Briles Johnson, director of the Women's Business Center of North Carolina at the N.C. Institute of Minority Economic Development

Chamber to celebrate small businesses

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The Rocky Mount Area Chamber of Commerce will sponsor its annual Small Business Awards Banquet on Thursday at the Gateway Convention Centre.

The theme of this year’s event is “Economic Gardening – Grow With Us.” It will begin with a networking reception at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner and program at 6 p.m.

The Chamber’s Small Business committee has worked throughout the year to identify small business successes in the area, selecting monthly winners from summer 2013 through spring of this year that will vie for the overall Small Business of the Year Award. The candidates for the Small Business of the Year Award have achieved sustained success, representing growth or expansion and innovation, are: Moorefield Real Estate; Bob’s Appliance Service; Tharrington’s Auto Works and Collision Center; Coats Veterinary Hospital; Westridge Grill; First Carolina Bank; Nash OB-GYN Associates; Cornerstone Funeral Home; Monique Brown, M.D.; Bailey’s Fine Jewelry; and Jim Dickens Printing & Promotional Products.

“I am always excited over the caliber of our awards nominees, and this year is no exception,” said Roger Taylor, Chamber chairman-elect and 2014 Small Business Division chairman. “We are looking forward to the recognitions that showcase a number of great business successes in our area.”

The keynote speaker for the banquet will be Briles Johnson, director of the Women’s Business Center of North Carolina at the N.C. Institute of Minority Economic Development.

“We are excited to have Briles Johnson as our keynote speaker,” Taylor said. “Briles and her team have been a great resource for North Carolina business women, and we look forward to having her in Rocky Mount.”

The mission of the Women’s Business Center of North Carolina is to promote economic self-sufficiency for all women of North Carolina through entrepreneurship.

Chamber members have the opportunity to nominate small business achievements in the award categories of Woman Owned Small Business of the Year; Minority Owned Small Business of the Year; Family Owned (Legacy) Small Business of the Year; and Small Business Rookie of the Year.

For information about purchasing tickets to the banquet, call the Chamber at 973-1211.