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Huntsville/Madison County Chamber of Commerce presents awards

Published 4:27pm Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Winners of the 27th Annual Huntsville/Madison Chamber of Commerce Small Business Awards were recognized Thursday night at the Von Braun Civic Center.

AEgis Technologies Group won the Small Business of the Year award, which is bestowed on a business with 51 to 350 employees.

President Steven Hill of AEgis Technologies Group, won the Russell Brown Executive Leadership Award, which in turn automatically won him the Business Fellow Award from the College of Business Administration from the University of Alabama in Huntsville.

Flint River Animal Hospital, this year’s winner of the Business and Professional Services Award, was automatically also given the “Excellence is Not Optional Award” from the department of Entrepreneurship and Economic Development at Alabama A&M University.

In addition to the seven awards given by the chamber, there are also two awards given by other organizations.

The Women’s Business Center of North Alabama gave an award for small business start-up of the year, which Silhouette Boutique won. MaCarter said the WBCNA focuses “on providing women with assistance in getting their small businesses off the ground, but they also help men with their small business start-ups.”

The Huntsville Association of Small Businesses in Advanced Technology awarded the small business for advocate for excellence to Dr. William A Craig of Software Engineering Directorate. HASBAT is “a nonprofit organization founded to increase business opportunities for local high-tech small businesses, in particular developments and legislation within the federal government, which affect small contracting firms,” MaCarter said.

The awards and winners were:

Young Professional of the Year – Antonio McGinnis, executive director of Harris Home for Children

Nonprofit of the Year – National Children’s Advocacy Center

Small Business of the Year, 51-350 Employees – AEgis Technologies Group

Business/Professional Services – Flint River Animal Hospital

Government Contracting – Cummings Aerospace

Technology Company – GaN Corporation

Russell Brown Executive Leadership Award – Steven Hill, president of AEgis Technologies Group

HASBAT Small Business Advocate for Excellence Award – Dr. William A. Craig, Software Engineering Directorate

WBCNA Small Business Start-up of the Year – Silhouette Boutique

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