impact awardsSMALL BUSINESSES HONORED FOR THEIR IMPACT ON LOCAL ECONOMY At the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce’s 2016 Small Business of the Year Awards.

FORT LAUDERDALE, May 12, 2016 – Over 150 community, governmental and business leaders gathered at Lenore’s Table at the First Baptist Church yesterday as the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce honored 10 outstanding members at our 2016 Small Business of the Year Awards — Presented by TD Bank.

“With 60,000 small businesses in Fort Lauderdale, small businesses account for about $13 billion in payroll and 25,000 new jobs. They have been a huge reason unemployment in Broward County is at a low of 4.4%.” said City of Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler, highlighted the impact of small businesses and the instrumental role they play in the economic development of the city, county, region and state.

This year there were 27 Small Businesses vying for the honor of Small Business of the Year in three categories. After careful and difficult deliberation (the applications this year were outstanding!) three recipients were selected from each category. We also selected our Small Business Person of the Year, who will represent the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce at the Broward County Small Business Person of the Year Awards on May 25th. Congratulations to all our honorees!

New Small Business 1-3 years
Minuteman Press of Wilton Manors
Piccolo Ristorante
Circles Enterprises Inc.

Established Small Business 4 +years
Wizard Creations
Merchant Processing Solutions
Lightship Media

Non-Profit Organization
Broward Partnership For the Homeless
Firewall Centers
Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship FSU

and our Small Business Person of the Year
Yamilet Strauss
Merchant Processing Solutions

2016 Small Business of the Year Awards

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