The Chamber Announces 2019 Award Winners
Top ten businesses, nonprofits, and individuals recognized and honored at the Business Excellence Award
Chapel Hill, NC (May 17, 2019) – The Chamber For a Greater Chapel Hill-Carrboro (The Chamber) announced the winners of the 5th annual Business Excellence Awards on Friday evening during a red carpet awards ceremony at the Paul Green Theatre.
“The common purpose that brings us together is the shared belief that successful businesses are essential to the overall health of our community,” said Aaron Nelson, President and CEO of The Chamber For a Greater Chapel Hill-Carrboro. “Through the Business Excellence Awards, we focus locally – on our community and its employers – and celebrate the best among us.”
The Chamber’s fifth annual Business Excellence Awards, affectionately known as the BEAs, featured ten award categories, including “Best New Business of the Year,” “Business Woman of the Year,” and the “Innovation Award.”
The winning organizations, listed below, were selected by the Chamber’s Awards Selection Committee, made up of local business and community leaders from diverse industries with a demonstrated commitment to our community. The Committee, chaired by Camille Berry of the Community Home Trust, reviewed more than 60 pages of comprehensive nominations from 80 nominees, selected three consensus Finalists in each category, and then voted by secret ballot on the winners.
The 2019 Business Excellence Award Winners
Business Woman of the Year
Kimberly Jeffs, NC Center for Resiliency
The 2019 Business Woman of the Year Award is presented to an exceptional woman in business, who has excelled in her job function and industry, and has pioneered initiatives to promote female leadership in business and the community. This year's award is sponsored by 2018 winner, Pam Herndon, State Farm. The 2019 Business Woman of the Year award is Kimberly Jeffs of the NC Center for Resiliency.
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“Kimberly Jeffs, co-owner and Chief Possibility Officer at NC Center for Resiliency, is passionate about bringing people together, decreasing the stigma of mental health treatment, and educating the community and other health care providers about the mind/body connection.” (Pam Herndon, State Farm and 2018 Business Woman of the Year)
Young Professional of the Year
Elinor Landess, Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership
The 2019 Chapel Hill Young Professional of the Year Award is presented to a local professional under the age of 40, who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in his or her industry and whose achievements have promoted young professional engagement through leadership in the community pertaining to economic development and civic involvement. The 2019 Young Professional of the Year is Elinor Landess of the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership.
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“Elinor Landess, Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership’s Director of Campus & Community Coalition, most recently served as the Partnership’s interim executive director, successfully managing the organization through difficult community issues, an organizational/community assessment, and a successful search for a full-time director.” (Antwine Jackson, CEO, Enitech IT Solutions)
Large Business of the Year
UNC Health Care
The 2019 Business of the Year Awards are presented to outstanding Chamber members that have shown growth, innovation of product, exemplary customer service, response to adversity, and contribution to the community. The large business category is presented to a Chamber member with 50 or more employees. The 2019 Large Business of the Year is UNC Health Care.
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“With a stated mission ‘to improve the health and wellbeing of North Carolinians and others whom we serve,’ UNC Health Care provides leadership and excellence in the interrelated areas of patient care, education, and research. An integrated health care system, owned by the state of North Carolina, UNC Health Care is committed to service in its communities.” (Fred Black, Senior Vice President, Black Star Strategies)
Mid-Size Business of the Year
The 2019 Business of the Year Awards are presented to outstanding Chamber members that have shown growth, innovation of product, exemplary customer service, response to adversity, and contribution to the community. This year's mid-size category, presented to a Chamber member with 6 to 50 employees, is sponsored by 2018 winner, Fitch Lumber & Hardware. The winner of the 2019 Mid-size Business of the Year Award is Bold Construction.
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“As one of the premier custom builders in the Triangle, Bold Construction is passionate about each project and is innovative in their approach to client interactions and workplace environment. The team takes pride in their work and in being active investors and participants in the community.” (David Fitch, Co-owner and President, Fitch Lumber & Hardware and 2018 Mid-Sized Business of the Year)
Micro-Enterprise Business of the Year
The 2019 Business of the Year Awards are presented to outstanding Chamber members that have shown growth, innovation of product, exemplary customer service, response to adversity, and contribution to the community. This year's micro-enterprise category, presented to a Chamber member with five or fewer employees, is sponsored by Coastal Credit Union. The winner of the 2019 Micro-Enterprise Business of the Year is Graphix Solution.
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New Business of the Year
School of Rock Chapel Hill
One sign of a thriving economy is the growth of new businesses. In celebration of exceptional performance in 2018, the winner of the 2019 New Business of the Year Award is School of Rock Chapel Hill.“Though new to the Chapel Hill community, School of Rock has already taught hundreds of students of all ages how to play thousands of real rock songs, in real rock shows, at real rock venues. In addition to music, they teach self-confidence, teamwork, accountability, and presentation skills to anyone and everyone with a passion for music." (Annette Stone, Director of Economic and Community Development, Town of Carrboro)
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina
The Innovation Award is presented to a business that has demonstrated innovation through the concept, value, delivery, and impact of a product or service, system, or event. The winner of the 2019 Innovation Award is Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina.“Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina offers comprehensive health insurance benefits to the people of North Carolina. Headquartered locally, BCBSNC is successfully innovating new ways to lower healthcare cost while improving healthcare outcomes.” (Vakesia Graves, Director of Business Strategy and National Accounts, Duke Energy)
University Born Business of the Year
The University Born Business of the Year Award is presented to a startup business born from university research, innovation, and entrepreneurial activity or a business created while an entrepreneur was enrolled as a student. The business will demonstrate excellence through job creation and economic impact. The winner of the 2019 University Born Business of the Year Award, presented by 2018 winner, PHE, Inc., is Dualogics, LLC.“Dualogics’ vision is to use the latest advancements in protein engineering to create a new class of therapies. Their highly collaborative approach, coupled with the OrthoMab bispecific technology, has resulted in a therapeutic pipeline poised to change the treatment landscape for patients suffering from autoimmune diseases and cancers.” (Katy Zvolerin, Director of Public Relations, PHE)
Community Impact Award
Durham Technical Community College
The Community Impact Award is presented to an outstanding organization that has significantly and measurably made social, economic, or environmental improvements within the Chapel Hill-Carrboro community. The winner of the 2019 Community Impact Award is Durham Technical Community College.“Serving Orange and Durham Counties, Durham Tech is a first-choice institution that provides excellent instruction, empowers learners to enrich the local and global communities, and prepares students to contribute to the economic vitality of the region.” (Tom Wiltberger, Co-owner, Broker, REALTOR®, Terra Nova Global Properties)
Non-Profit of the Year
Chapel Hill-Carrboro Meals on Wheels
The Non-Profit of the Year recognizes an outstanding Chamber member charitable non-profit organization that has shown growth, innovation of product, exemplary customer service, response to adversity and/or contribution to community. The 2019 Non-Profit of the Year is Chapel Hill-Carrboro Meals on Wheels.
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“Chapel Hill-Carrboro Meals on Wheels volunteers deliver 160-180 meals along with a friendly check-in, every Monday-Friday, to older adults, homebound adults and adults with disabilities who do not have access to, or the ability to prepare, a healthy meal.” (Camille Berry, Development and Communications Manager, Community Home Trust and Chair of the 2019 BEAs Award Selection Committee)
About the Business Excellence Awards: The 2019 award winners were announced during the Business Excellence Awards – a red carpet celebration, which took place on Friday evening at the Paul Green Theatre in Chapel Hill with nearly 300 guests in attendance. The event featured a ZimZoom Photo Booth, an awards ceremony with The Monti’s Jeff Polish as emcee (watch his funny video intro) and DJX as live musical entertainment, comedic entertainment by The Pit Chapel Hill, and a dessert reception following the ceremony. Event sponsors included: Small Business Energy Initiative, Corporate Investors Mortgage Group, Coastal Credit Union, Fitch Lumber & Hardware, Glasshalfull, Pam Herndon State Farm, PHE, Inc., Town of Carrboro, and The Pit Chapel Hill. Visit carolinachamber.org/BEAS for more information.
About The Chamber: The Chamber For a Greater Chapel Hill-Carrboro (The Chamber) is a membership organization that serves and advances the business interests of Greater Chapel Hill, including the Towns of Chapel Hill and Carrboro as well as southern Orange, northern Chatham, and southwest Durham counties. The Chamber's network is growing with nearly 1,000-member enterprises that employ more than 95,000 workers throughout the region. Together with its network, The Chamber is committed to building a sustainable community where business thrives. Members count on The Chamber to connect them with key people, information, and resources; advocate for local business interests; promote their business, our community, and our overall quality of life; and help them save money. Learn more at carolinachamber.org.
Contact: Katie Loovis, Vice President for External Affairs, The Chamber For a Greater Chapel Hill-Carrboro, (919) 696-0781 (cell), KLoovis@carolinachamber.org