The Manatee Chamber of Commerce awarded the Small Business of the Year trophies to five businesses this year.
The winners are:
Keeton's Office and Art Supply in the category of businesses with more than $5 million in revenues.
The retailer, founded in 1951, prides itself on customer service. But it's just one of the things that set them apart from the big box office supply stores. Johnson PhotoImaging takes customer requests for classes, shows off new equipment and products on Facebook, and receives high marks on its eBay store.For those efforts and more, Johnson PhotoImaging was awarded the Small Business of the Year by the Manatee Chamber of Commerce for businesses with annual revenues from $1 million to $5 million.
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Suncoast Business Technology was named a Small Business of the Year by the Manatee Chamber of Commerce for businesses with annual revenues between $500,000 to $1 million.
In an industry that relies on automation, efficiency and accuracy, it's the analog touches of customer service that make Suncoast Business Technology a success. Clients are treated like they're part of the family, too, whether that's a verbal thank you, swinging by the office to say hello, or sending a box of chocolates or a Honeybaked ham to a client's office for Christmas. NetWeave was named a Small Business of the Year by the Manatee Chamber of Commerce for businesses with revenues under $500,000.
NetWeave Social Networking has relied on word-of-mouth referrals to grow its business over the past four years. Bunker Hill Vineyard & Winery took 16 years to cultivate its grapes before venturing into a successful winery.Bunker Hill Vineyard & Winery was named a Small Business of the Year by the Manatee Chamber of Commerce in the green business category.