Chamber honors Loudoun small businesses
The best in Loudoun small business mingled together Nov. 9 at the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce’s annual Small Business Award’s Banquet at the National Conference Center.
In 2012, the Loudoun County Chamber received a record 347 nominations for the Small Business Awards, an annual event that celebrates the achievements of small business, entrepreneurs and non profit organizations in Loudoun County.
“The Small Business Awards is Loudoun County’s most prestigious honor that a local small business or non-profit can earn, and this record number of nominations is evidence of the remarkable level of enthusiasm in our community for these Awards,” Loudoun County Chamber President Tony Howard said.
One business from a pool of finalists in eight categories were given awards: Home-Based Business of the Year, Tourism and Entertainment of the Year, Franchisee of the Year, Nonprofit Organization of the Year, Technology Business of the Year, Retailer of the Year, Rural Business of the Year and Service Business of the Year.
Highlighting the evening was the winners of the Small Business of the Year and Entrepreneur of the Year.
The Small Business of the Year for 2012 was given to Catoctin Creek Distillery. The Purcellville-based business won as the Rural Business of the Year in 2011 and owner and founder Scott Harris was named Entrepreneur.
Scott and his wife Becky founded Catoctin Creek in 2009 and the distillery became the first legal distillery in Loudoun County since before Prohibition.
During his acceptance speech. Scott thanked one person.
“I want to thank one person tonight, the one lady who made this all possible, the President of our company: my boss, my wife, and my best friend,” Scott said, speaking of Becky Harris, who sits at the head of the distillery.
“That was really a surprise and we appreciate the chamber for the honor. It really means a lot for us with our company being so young,” Becky Harris, president of Catoctin Creek Distillery and wife of Scott, said. “We try to focus our spirits to be Loudoun-focused to represent where we are from.”
While Scott won entrepreneur of the year in 2011, Stephen Mackey, of Mesh Multimedia and Notaviva Vineyards won the award for 2012.
Mackey and his wife Shannon purchased the land that became Notaviva Vineyards in 2003. Their combined love of music and wine provides their customers with a unique experience on visits to their vineyard.
Winning this years categories were Loudoun Habitat for Humanity for Non-profit Organization of the Year; Goodstone Inn and Restaurant for Tourism and Entertainment Business of the Year; Allegra Print, Signs and Design for Franchisee of the Year; Loudoun Valley Floors and Carpet Care Co. for Retailer of the Year; Gallop Web Services for Technology Business of the Year; Potomac Falls Express Lube and Car Wash for Service Business of the Year; Olivera Music Entertainment for Home-based Business of the Year; and Sunset Hills Vineyard for Rural Business of the Year.