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The Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce recently recognized local businesses for their success, entrepreneurship and community involvement at the 31st Annual Awards Gala held on FridayApril 8, at the Fredericksburg Expo Center.
Here are those honored at the gala:
Community Impact Award: Mary Washington Health
“This not-for-profit corporation has played a vital role in our community for 123 years. Their employees work tirelessly to improve the health of people in the communities they serve, which was evident throughout the COVID-19 pandemic,” the chamber said in a press release.
Mary Washington Healthcare received the award for her “incredible commitment to the well-being of the Fredericksburg regional community as we navigated through two of the most challenging years in modern history,” according to the press release.
Entrepreneur of the Year: Debby Girvan
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Girvan founded his company in 2010 with the concept of a marketing consultancy, the statement said. The company has since evolved into a digital marketing firm of website design, development and maintenance. It has nine employees and more than 175 customers in 19 states and three countries, according to the release.
During the pandemic, Girvan created the Fred gift card website, which helped local small businesses sell gift cards online. “This free service, paid only by our winner, has enabled struggling businesses to maintain cash flow in difficult circumstances,” the statement said.
Small Business of the Year Awards: Stafford Print
This company was founded 35 years ago and over the years has expanded its equipment and services to meet ever-changing changes in printing services, the chamber said.
“Stafford Printing owner Howard Owen has always believed in giving back to the community he serves, and he has done so in a big way,” the statement said. He is a member of the Rappahannock Rotary Club, Stafford County Economic Development Authority; and serves on the boards of the Stafford Hospital Foundation, Loisann’s Hope House and the Fredericksburg Symphony Orchestra.
Big Business of the Year Awards: Flatter, Inc.
This family-owned federal service provider has won 150 contracts with the federal government. Flatter, Inc. employs more than 200 people, both at its Spotsylvania headquarters and around the world.
At the height of the pandemic, the company expanded its leadership development arm, Two Roads Leadership, and offered coaching and leadership development services to a global community of leaders, the chamber said.
The company has grown over 300% in the last five years; today, it continues to exceed 10% year-over-year growth. He recently won his biggest contract to date, which was $30 million to support Army training at Fort Lee, the statement said.
The company gives back to the community by filling local families’ Christmas lists through the Fredericksburg Department of Social Services; serve United Way and provide free executive services to Leadership Fredericksburg, the statement said.
Prince B. Woodard Leadership Award: Joel Griffin
Griffin, a Stafford County resident, founder of several for-profit entities and a non-profit organization, won the Prince B. Woodard Leadership Award, which honors an individual who has provided a lifetime of service and leadership. commitment to the Fredericksburg area.
Griffin was an early adopter of Leadership Fredericksburg, attending the second chamber class 14 years ago. He heard about the program through the Stafford County Economic Development Authority, of which he is still chairman today.
Griffin and his wife co-founded Gwyneth’s Gift Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness and education about cardiopulmonary resuscitation and the use of automated external defibrillators in honor of their eldest daughter, Gwyneth.