Christopher Lee Small Business Person of the Year Award

The Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce established the Chamber Small Business Person of the Year Award in 1985 to recognize an outstanding Small Business Person in our Greater Charlottesville communities. In 2016, the award was rededicated to honor Christopher Lee of R.E. Lee & Son, Inc.

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2016 CLSBYA recipient Craig MacDonald, Michie Tavern

The Chamber Christopher Lee Small Business Person of the Year Award recipient is a Small Business Person from a Chamber member enterprise within the Greater Charlottesville area that:

•  is an active owner or co-owner of the business which has 50 or fewer employees
•  is a member in good standing of the Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce
• has been in business for three years or longer, and
•  has made a significant contribution to the success of the business and our Greater Charlottesville communities.

In 2016 the Chamber honored Gregory MacDonald, the Executive Director of Michie Tavern, with the Chamber Christopher Lee Small Business Person of the Year Award.

Past recipients of the Chamber Christopher Lee Small Business Person of the Year Award:

Chuck Rotgin - Eastern Management Co. - 2007Susan K. Payne - Payne Ross & Associates - 1997
Gregory MacDonald - Michie Tavern - 2016Ivo Romanesko - The Appraisal Group - 2006Mark Lorenzoni - Ragged Mountain Running Shop - 1996
Eddie Giles, Professional Movers, Inc. - 2015
Jim Carpenter - Gitchell's Photography - 2005Jack Horn - Martin/Horn - 1995
Bill Howard - Bill Howard Property Management - 2014Michael Gaffney - Gaffney Homes - 2004Tom Powell - Town & Country Exxon - 1994
Gary Taylor - Northwestern Mutual - 2013Frank Stoner - Stonehaus Development - 2003Chuck Lewis - Kathy's Produce - 1993
Kevin Leibl - Advanced Network Systems - 2012Bill & Kate Hamilton - Hamilton's Restaurant - 2002Sheldon Anderson - University Florists - 1992
Michael Guthrie - Roy Wheeler - 2011Joyce Robbins - Adams & Garth Staffing - 2001Teresa Shortwell - Terry's Place - 1991
Jack Stoner - Alexander-Nicholson - 2010Felicia Rogan - Oakencroft Vineyard - 2000A. Darden Towe - Towe Insurance Services - 1990
The Loose Family - Tuel Jewelers - 2009William Lewis - Duplex Copy Center - 1999David Sloan - Sloan's Restaurant - 1989
Grant Tate - the bridge, ltd. - 2008Rodney Thomas - Charlottesville Press, Inc. - 1998Edna Burgess - Burgess Continental Coiffures - 1988

Our Mission

The Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to representing private enterprise, promoting business, and enhancing the quality of life in our Greater Charlottesville communities.