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.
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.
The Award is presented annually at the Chamber Spring Luncheon. The 2017 Spring Luncheon will Tuesday, April 18th at the DoubleTree Hotel. Registration for our events can be found on the “Events” page of our website.
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.
NOMINATIONS FOR THE 2017 AWARD ARE NOW CLOSED.
Past recipients of the Chamber Christopher Lee Small Business Person of the Year Award:
|Chuck Rotgin - Eastern Management Co. - 2007||Susan K. Payne - Payne Ross & Associates - 1997|
|Gregory MacDonald - Michie Tavern - 2016||Ivo Romanesko - The Appraisal Group - 2006||Mark Lorenzoni - Ragged Mountain Running Shop - 1996|
|Eddie Giles, Professional Movers, Inc. - 2015||Jim Carpenter - Gitchell's Photography - 2005||Jack Horn - Martin/Horn - 1995|
|Bill Howard - Bill Howard Property Management - 2014||Michael Gaffney - Gaffney Homes - 2004||Tom Powell - Town & Country Exxon - 1994|
|Gary Taylor - Northwestern Mutual - 2013||Frank Stoner - Stonehaus Development - 2003||Chuck Lewis - Kathy's Produce - 1993|
|Kevin Leibl - Advanced Network Systems - 2012||Bill & Kate Hamilton - Hamilton's Restaurant - 2002||Sheldon Anderson - University Florists - 1992|
|Michael Guthrie - Roy Wheeler - 2011||Joyce Robbins - Adams & Garth Staffing - 2001||Teresa Shortwell - Terry's Place - 1991|
|Jack Stoner - Alexander-Nicholson - 2010||Felicia Rogan - Oakencroft Vineyard - 2000||A. Darden Towe - Towe Insurance Services - 1990|
|The Loose Family - Tuel Jewelers - 2009||William Lewis - Duplex Copy Center - 1999||David Sloan - Sloan's Restaurant - 1989|
|Grant Tate - the bridge, ltd. - 2008||Rodney Thomas - Charlottesville Press, Inc. - 1998||Edna Burgess - Burgess Continental Coiffures - 1988|