Small Business Award Recipients Named at Brandon Chamber Dinner

The 2012 Small Business of the Year awards were announced Oct. 18 at the Sheraton Tampa East Hotel. Winners in five categories were named from among 25 semifinalists and 15 finalists.


The Greater Brandon Chamber of Commerce made it official Oct. 18, at the Sheraton Tampa East Hotel, adding five additional businesses to the list of annual Small Business of the Year Award recipients.

Winning the award for 2012, from among 15 finalists named in five categories, were:

  • Morningstar Electric, for Best Home-Based Business
  • Tutoring Club Inc., for Minority and Woman-Owned Business
  • Ivey Carpet and Flooring, for 1-5 Employees
  • COX Electric, for 6-15 Employees
  • Ed Morse Cadillac Brandon, for 16-Plus Employees

Award winners and finalists were selected from among 25 semifinalists. (See chart below.)

Anonymous and self-nominations were accepted for the awards program. The awards recognize and honor small businesses “that have demonstrated leadership, positive growth and development, creativity and integrity in operating a business, as well as a commitment to community services."

  • See who was nominated for Small Business of the Year awards in 2011.
  • See who won in 2011.
  • See who won in 2010.



ONE-TO-FIVE EMPLOYEES Community Insurance Group Semifinalist Ivey Carpet and Flooring WINNER Mary and Martha House / Second Hand Rose Boutique Finalist Moon Law Group, P.L. Finalist Zipperer's Funeral Home Semifinalist SIX-TO-15 EMPLOYEES ACE Heating & Cooling Finalist Applied Sciences Consulting Semifinalist Bivins & Hemenway, P.A. Finalist COX Electric WINNER Griffin & Associates, P.A. Semifinalist AT LEAST 16 EMPLOYEES Bay Life Academy Semifinalist Beef 'O' Brady's "The Original" (Kings Avenue) Finalist Delaney Creek Lodge Semifinalist Ed Morse Cadillac of Brandon WINNER The Rack Sushi Bar and Billiards Lounge Finalist HOME-BASED BUSINESSES Dynamic Painting Semifinalist Flair Etcetera Semifinalist ION Apparel & Advertising Specialties Finalist Morningstar Electric WINNER Yard Guards on Doody Finalist MINORITY OR WOMEN-OWNED BUSINESSES A Touch of Wellness Finalist Julie's Walk-In Closet Semifinalist Level Hair Studio Semifinalist The Waiting Game Publication   Finalist Tutoring Club WINNER


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