Nearly 250 people were in attendance at 13th annual Leesburg Business Awards ceremony on Tuesday, May 14, 2014, at the Tally Ho Theatre in downtown Leesburg. At the reception, the Leesburg Town Council and Leesburg Economic Development Commission honored outstanding businesses and business owners in eleven award categories.
“We have come a long way since the first business awards ceremony in the basement of Town Hall back in October 2001,” said Marantha Edwards, the Town’s Economic Development Director. “The range and diversity of businesses, both nominated and honored, is a good indicator of how well balanced Leesburg’s business community is. Every year, I am amazed at the accomplishments of our businesses.”
The winners & honorable mentions in the eleven award categories are:
Ambassador Award - Celebrates a business or organization that promotes a positive image of Leesburg as a business location or tourist destination.
Winner: The Cooley Gallery
Honorable Mention: Crooked Run Brewing
Community Steward Award - Celebrates a business or organization that actively contributes its time, talent and resources to community improvement efforts.
Winner: Healthy by Nature, Inc.
Honorable Mention: Mobile Hope
Environmental Award - Celebrates a business or organization that leads or participates in activities that benefit the environment through its business practices and policies.
Winner: Aloe Design Studios
Honorable Mention: Loco Beans Coffee
Heritage Award - Celebrates a thriving business or organization that has made a long-term commitment to preserving the integrity and character of Leesburg’s Historic Downtown.
Winner: Leesburg Today
Honorable Mention: Madisonbelle
Home-Based Business Award - Celebrates the owner of a unique business, operated from a residence located within Leesburg.
Winner: Kitts & Son Livestock Hauling
Innovations Award - Celebrates a business or organization that has brought recognition to Leesburg through innovative business ventures, unique product development or other cutting-edge business practices.
Winner: Tally Ho Theatre
Honorable Mention: Custom Software Systems
New Business Award - Celebrates a new business or organization started since 2010 that is respectful of Leesburg’s past and represents the best of the Town’s future.
Honorable Mention: Gentle Family Dentistry
Public Art Award - Celebrates a business or organization that contributes to the development of the Town’s public art program, or actively supports the arts within the Town of Leesburg.
Veterans Affairs Award - Celebrates an individual, business or organization that supports veterans of all conflicts.
Winner: BLS Group, Inc.
Honorable Mention: Bowtie Strategies, LLC
The Rising Star Award - Celebrates a Leesburg business which has been in operation for less than one year and has set itself apart from other businesses through its exemplary achievements.
Winner: Voodoo Lunch Box
The George C. Marshall Award - Celebrates an individual who has demonstrated an exemplary commitment to the community above and beyond business contributions.
Winner: Gwen Pangle
Honorable Mention: Andy Johnston
In addition, special recognition was given to over 170 businesses that have been in business in the Town of Leesburg for 25 years or more, as the Town’s “Legacy Businesses.” The Leesburg Town Council and the Leesburg Economic Development Commission congratulate all of the award nominees, honorable mentions and winners.