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Prince William Chamber of Commerce Announces 2018 Business Award Nominees

For Immediate Release            
Date:  February 7, 2018
Contact: Deborah L. Jones, President & CEO
Prince William Chamber of Commerce 703-368-6600
Prince William Chamber of Commerce Announces 2018 Business Award Nominees
Manassas, VA-The Prince William Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the nominees for their 2018 Business Awards. This year 105 nominations were received with 72 member businesses and not-for-profit organizations being recognized. Winners will be announced at the Chamber’s Business Awards Dinner on Wednesday, February 28 from 6:00-9:00 p.m. at the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas.  Jennifer Nycz-Conner, Editor-at-Large of the Washington Business Journal will serve as Master of Ceremonies.
This year will be the 3rd year that the Charles J. Colgan Visionary Award will be presented. Named for Virginia’s beloved longest-serving statesman, the award honors an individual who has demonstrated extraordinary leadership, including but not limited to their own organization. Like Senator Colgan, the individual should be known as an innovator, a great partner, a visionary and an advocate for their community and beyond.
The 2018 nominees for the Charles J. Colgan Visionary Award category are:

  • Charlie Deane, Retired Prince William County Police Chief
  • John & Shirley Dominick, Serve Our Willing Warriors
  • Manley Garber, NOVEC, Board of Directors
  • Molly Grove, George Mason University, Science & Technology Campus
  • Marty Nohe, Prince William Board of Supervisors and Appliance Connection
  • William Reeder, George Mason University (Retired)
  • Karen Smith, ARC of Greater Prince William
  • Mike Vanderpool, Vanderpool, Frostick and Nishanian, LLC

Nominees in the other ten categories are…
Excellence in Small Business Award (1-10 Employees):

  • Accounting and Tax Services
  • American Solutions for Business
  • Baden Contracting
  • Brock-Norton Insurance
  • Competitive Edge Athletic Performance Center
  • East to West Embroidery & Design, Inc.
  • Loveless Porter Architects, LLC
  • Kensington Vanguard National Land Services
  • New Media Horizons, LLC
  • Professionals by Design
  • SBR Workplace Consultation Services
  • Transaction Expert

Business Excellence Award (11+ Employees):

  • Able Moving and Storage
  • Comfort Keepers – Manassas
  • Contract Solutions, Inc.
  • DuvallWheeler, CPAs
  • Hepburn & Sons, LLC
  • Insperity
  • MP Copiers, Inc.
  • My Plumber Heating and Cooling
  • Offix

Emerging Business of the Year:

  • FirstLight HomeCare of Woodbridge
  • HyQuest Consulting Solutions, LLC
  • Professionals by Design
  • Shining Sol Candle Company
  • Tortino Mare

Innovative Practice/Partnership of the Year:

  • Centerfuse (CoWork, LLC)
  • County Commercial Development Committee
  • FirstLight HomeCare of Woodbridge
  • Leadership Prince William & Comcast
  • Omega World Travel
  • Prince William County Service Authority & SPARK
  • Stafford Hospital

Community Outreach Award:

  • AAA MidAtlantic, Car Care, Insurance, Travel
  • Alchemy Enterprises, LLC
  • Apple Federal Credit Union
  • Contract Solutions, Inc.
  • HyQuest Consulting Solutions, LLC
  • Jirani Coffeehouse
  • MP Copiers, Inc.
  • Shared Parenting Education & Custody Services
  • Southern Management Corporation
  • Stafford Hospital
  • Storage Strategies, Inc.
  • Wegman’s  of Woodbridge

Excellence in Hospitality & Tourism:

  • Bistro L’Hermitage
  • Mariachis Tequileria & Restaurant
  • Marriott Residence Inn – Potomac Mills
  • Occoquan Transportation Company, LLC

Excellence in F/I/RE (Finance/Insurance/Real Estate):

  • Thomas Bigoski Insurance Agency, LLC
  • Weber Rector Commercial Real Estate Services, Inc.

Tech Company of the Year:

  • Laser Quest Corporation
  • Micron Technology, Inc.
  • Transaction Expert

The Agnes L. Colgan Community Service Awards are awarded to two not-for-profit organizations making a demonstrable positive contribution to the quality of life in the greater Prince William region. Each award is accompanied by a check for $1,000 to continue their work.  Awards are given in two categories: Arts & Education or Health & Human Services.
Agnes L. Colgan Community Service Award for Arts & Education

  • Christ Chapel Academy
  • IMPACTO Youth
  • Prince William County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc

Agnes L. Colgan Community Service Award for Health & Human Services

  • Action in Community Through Service
  • BARN Community Housing
  • Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington-Hogar Immigrant Services
  • Comfort Cases
  • Dale City Track Club
  • Gainesville/Haymarket Rotary Club
  • Rainbow Therapeutic Riding Center
  • Shared Parenting Education & Custody Services
  • Semper K9 Assistance Dogs
  • Serve Our Willing Warriors
  • Volunteer Prince William

We would like to thank our  Business Growth Vision Partner Apple Federal Credit Union, and Community Partner InsideNOVA Prince William. All are welcome to attend. Tickets are $75 per person; $90 for those who are not members of the Chamber. For more information on the 2018 Business Awards, or to purchase tickets visit
About the Prince William Chamber of Commerce:
The Prince William Chamber of Commerce is the strongest voice for the business community in the Washington, DC Metropolitan region. Together with our diverse membership, representing nearly 70,000 employees we work to create an environment where business and people thrive. To accomplish this, we focus our efforts in the key areas of business growth, economic development, advocacy, education and community outreach. In this way, we are building a solid foundation for the success of our business members and our community. For more information, visit our website at or call the Prince William Chamber at 703-368-6600.