Each year the Regional Chamber recognizes the best of the best in business achievement. Companies that are members of the chamber and individual representatives are eligible for nomination for a variety of annual awards. Criteria for each are outlined below.
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Business Person of the Year
Candidates for our Business Person of the Year awards must have shown ethical business practices, be reputable and have an overall positive image in the business community, and the ability and interest in influencing the business climate. The candidate’s company should have demonstrated growth in number of employees, increase in sales dollar and/or unit volume and innovation of product or service. This award will be presented to a business person in each of the chamber's service areas: Fort Mill/Tega Cay, Rock Hill and York.
Small Business Person of the Year
Candidates for this award must own and operate a small business or nonprofit with 25 employees or less, must have been in business at least 3 years, and must have been a chamber member in good standing for at least 1 year. Members who have previously received this award must wait 2 years to be reconsidered for this recognition. Regional Board and Small Business Advisory Council members are not eligible for nomination during their term of service.
Robert F. Youngblood Lifetime Business Achievement Award
Candidate must have shown a sustained commitment to working for the betterment of the business community, increasing the business image in the local community, a demonstrated willingness to work for positive progress in the York County area, staying power, adaptability, and response to adversity. Candidate must also have obtained a successful business record, demonstrating professional responsibility and ethical business practices toward employees, customers and the community.
Citizenship & Service Award (presented in memory of Eddie Black)
Nominees must have made significant contributions to the “greater good” of York County, with an emphasis on citizenship and service, along with demonstrated enthusiasm, leadership, initiative, idealism, commitment, innovation, and vision. Candidates must have consistently illustrated the ability to develop positive relationships and the skill to build consensus among community leaders, and must have effectively utilized resources outside the scope of his/her employment and responsibility.
ATHENA International Leadership Award
Candidates must have achieved the highest level of professional excellence, contribute time and energy to improve the quality of life for others in the community, and actively assist others, particularly women, in realizing their full leadership potential.