Area Businesses Honored during the Annual Chamber Awards

By: The Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce Release
By: The Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce Release

Tallahassee, Fla. – May 8, 2012 -

Rogers, Gunter, Vaughn Insurance, Inc. was crowned Businesses of the Year today by the Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce and its members. The announcement was made during the annual Chamber Awards, which recognizes businesses for their outstanding achievements and contributions to the community.

Chamber Award winners were also announced in the following six categories:

Health & Wellness Business of the Year Award

Premier Health & Fitness Center

Manufacturing Business of the Year Award

(Sponsored By: Residential Elevators, Inc.)

Syn-Tech Systems, Inc.

Non Profit/Association of the Year Award
(Sponsored By: Thomas Howell Ferguson, PA)

Goodwill Industries of the Big Bend, Inc.

Service Industry Business of the Year Award

Rogers, Gunter, Vaughn Insurance, Inc.

Start Up Business of the Year Award

Marlynn Consulting Group, LLC

Technology Business of the Year Award

(Sponsored By: North Highland)

Electronet Broadband Communications

In front of a large audience filled with local leaders and business owners, the Chamber also unveiled its new Our Business is Your Business campaign, which coincides with the organization’s enhanced member benefits, revamped programs, and member offers for a direct return on investment.

Through the campaign, new and current Chamber members will see and experience the organization’s effort to help them build a successful business to provide jobs, support families, give back to the community and enhance the quality of life in the region. As the region’s largest and most influential business organization, the Chamber finds that meeting individual and current business needs is the best way to build a vibrant business community.

“The Chamber understands that business success and community success are tied together,” said Chamber President Sue Dick. “By telling our members that our business is your business, we’re demonstrating that we’re focused on their needs so we can make them stronger, which in turn will help our city grow and thrive.”

The Chamber focuses on providing member benefits in three main areas: training resources/professional development, networking/business connections and business advocacy. The annual dues for a chamber membership cover the following services:

· Advocacy

· Community Development

· Business Advice

· Employee Training

· Promotion of Member News & Events

· Member-to-Member Discounts

· Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies

“The Chamber provides me with the resources to grow my business grow, allowing me to help more customers find the perfect ensemble. And that’s my business,” said Carrie McNeill, owner of Cole Couture.

Michael Roberts, owner of Robert’s Sand Company said, “One business isn’t big enough to look out for itself. That’s why I count on the Chamber. Their advocacy support allows me to focus on providing businesses and families with the materials they need.”

Members also play an integral role in shaping the Chamber’s services. Every year, the Chamber adopts programs and services in response to real-time member needs and priorities.

“Ongoing input from our businesses inspires the choice of speakers, classes, events and topics that are important to members,” said Chamber Chairman Bill Moor. “By equipping businesses for their needs now, the Chamber strengthens the local business climate.

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