Small Business of the Year

More than 600 chamber members along with the Lowcountry business community joined the chamber in our salute to small business during Chamber Small Business Week, May 19-23. The chamber’s Small Business of the Year Awards luncheon was the cornerstone of the week’s events. New this year, two local businesses and a business professional were honored with the prestigious awards recognizing a Small Business of the Year, a Successful Start-Up of the Year as well as the first Young Professional of the Year award. Previous award winners were also recognized and honored at the award ceremony.

The prestigious Small Business of the Year award was presented to Debbie Berling of Forsythe Jewelers. The Successful Start-Up of the Year was awarded to Meg Herman and John O’Toole, co-owners of Reebok Crossfit Coastal Carolina and the Young Professional award was presented to Tray Hunter, marketing representative with Palmetto Electric Cooperative.

“Forsythe Jewelers, the 2014 Small Business of the Year Award recipient, is a longstanding gem in our community, and, along with Reebok Crossfit Coastal Carolina, and Tray Hunter, are members distinguished by their success, and serve as an inspiration and catalyst to others,” said Bill Miles, chamber president and CEO.

Congratulations to all our 2014 Small Business of the Year Award Finalists:

  • Bluffton Sun & Hilton Head Sun Newspapers
  • Covert Aire
  • First Presbyterian Day School
  • Forsythe Jewelers
  • Timeless Interiors

Successful Start-Up & Young Professional Finalists:

  • Gourmet Appliances
  • Reebok CrossFit Coastal Carolina
  • Harry Culpepper, HHI School for Creative Arts
  • Tray Hunter, Palmetto Electric Cooperative
  • Kevin Quat, Absolute Island Management, Inc.