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On Thursday, June 9, the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce will partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration and ESET to celebrate the accomplishments of small and micro businesses at the 2011 Small Business Awards and Business Exchange. Finalists will be honored and award winners will be announced live during a luncheon at the Town and Country Resort & Convention Center.

“We couldn’t be prouder of all of our applicants and small business members,” said Ruben Barrales, Chamber president and CEO. “It’s not easy being a small business in today’s economy. Through hard work and innovation, these businesses have managed to thrive and contribute to the commercial prosperity of our community.”

Prior to the awards luncheon, the Chamber will host the Business Exchange, a speed networking event where participants will have one-on-one face time with up to 100 other companies to exchange ideas and share their latest products and services. These companies will then be featured in a mini expo for the more than 800 attendees expected to attend the luncheon.

“The Business Exchange is not your average networking event,” said Doug Holman, Chamber vice president of membership. “It is fast-paced, interactive, and an extremely effective way to make quality connections and maximize visibility within the local business community.”

The Business Exchange will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., and the awards luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Both the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce and the San Diego chapter of the U.S. Small Business Administration will present awards recognizing outstanding achievement by local small and micro businesses. SBA awards are outlined separately throughout this supplement.

Sponsors include: Title Sponsor, ESET; Business Exchange Presenting Sponsor, Chevron; Chamber Partner, Blue Shield of California; Award Sponsors, AT&T, Barney & Barney, and Walmart; Corporate Sponsors, ChamberZoom, Cox Communications, and Town & County Resort and Convention Center; Print Media Sponsor, The Daily Transcript; Communications Sponsor, Nuffer, Smith, Tucker; Print Sponsor, EOS-Electronic Output Solutions.

San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce 2011 Small Business Award Finalists

MICRO BUSINESS

OUTSTANDING EMERGING BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Atlantis Group, LLC

CareStat, LLC

Computer Network Systems

Feast on This Catering & Memorable Events

Point Loma Electric

Rapid Fire Construction

MOST INNOVATIVE PRODUCT OR SERVICE

Green Up

HandBookLive, Inc.

Persimmon Scientific

Rock Cancer C.A.R.E.

Suvi Ainoa LLC

EXCELLENCE IN CUSTOMER SERVICE

Green Envy Promotions

Never Knew a Father's Love

Opprime' Insurance Services

Prestige Window Tinting

WMSE - Elite Concierge Services

MOST INNOVATIVE MARKETING CAMPAIGN/CONCEPT

Bop Design

Ignite

Jugos de la Fuente

Suvi Ainoa LLC

Workplace Learning & Performance Group

SMALL BUSINESS

OUTSTANDING EMERGING BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Audeo Charter School

CashCo Pawn

ELEN Consulting, Inc.

First Dental Health

Perfect Foods Research Corp.

Pure Water Technology of San Diego

MOST INNOVATIVE PRODUCT OR SERVICE

Audeo Charter School

Business Thru Government

First Dental Health

Haines Centre for Strategic Management

Pure Water Technology of San Diego

EXCELLENCE IN CUSTOMER SERVICE

Novadebt

Officia Imaging, Inc.

Prava Construction Services

Quantum Health & Wellness

Steigerwalt Law Firm, APC

MOST INNOVATIVE MARKETING CAMPAIGN/CONCEPT

CashCo Pawn

Quantum Health & Wellness

SanDiego.com

For more information, visit sdchamber.org.

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