Small businesses are the backbone of our communities. They help link us to the past, and ensure us a vibrant future.
LocalShops1's second annual Small
Business Awards recognize the best of the best: Best New Business, Best
Established Business, Best at Grassroots Marketing and Most
Community-Minded. Nomination period runs through midnight June 18.
A popular vote will determine the
finalists, who will then be asked to submit an application. The
applications will be reviewed by an independent panel of judges and the
winners will be announced during our Banquet Celebration Aug. 8, 2012,
at the St. Petersburg Museum of History.
Best New Business
looking for businesses that launched in the past five years, and are
already the talk of the town! These are businesses that are innovative,
creative and daring. Yes, they launched during the recession ... and
they’re proof that dedication pays off!
Past winner: Three Birds Tavern, St. Petersburg
Best Established Business
power is what this one is all about. Despite the economic ups and
downs, these are shops, restaurants and other businesses that have
carried on and continue to make our neighborhoods happier and brighter!
Past winner: Write One Creative Services, Tampa
Best at Grassroots Marketing
no huge advertising budget, but this business doesn’t need giant
billboards to get the message out. Facebook, Pinterest, YouTube, email
marketing, cross-promotions, and good old-fashioned word of mouth bring
Past winner: Intensity Academy, Lutz
business owners go above and beyond to help local charities and other
local businesses. These are the ones who organize fundraisers, donate
to silent auctions, help tech-challenged neighbors and give shoutouts
to emerging entrepreneurs. Why? Because they care.
Past winner: Illuminated Publishing, Lutz
Shopper Award, Too!
We're looking for LocalShops1 Girl's BFF, the conscientious shopper who likes to support his or her neighborhood shops and restaurants. Now, we're not saying this person NEVER goes to the chains and Big Box stores. But this Shopper makes an effort to support the Mom & Pops whenever possible, and loves telling the world about the cool places around.
Past winners: Linda Evans of Tampa and Holly Furlong of Clearwater