Huntsville/Madison County Chamber of Commerce presents awardsPublished 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