Nomination Deadline, March 1, 2019!


EVENT, Friday, May 31, 2019

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Business of the Year Awards

Each year we celebrate businesses by honoring them at the Venice Chamber Business of the Year Awards. In its 40th year, this event recognizes Member businesses in five categories. And this year the Chamber will be introducing a new award category for “Employee of the Year”. This year’s awards luncheon is on Friday, May 31, 2019 at Plantation Golf & Country Club.

As we begin the nominations, we encourage you to take a moment to nominate a fellow Member in one of the categories listed below. Those nominated will be eligible to apply for that award category. Applications are reviewed and finalists will be interviewed by a panel of Chamber members. The winner of each category will be announced at the luncheon.

Organizations must be a member of Venice Area Chamber of Commerce.

Here are the categories:

Health Care & Wellness Organization of the Year


To qualify for the Health Care/Wellness category, applicants must be an active and operating organization in the field of health and wellness

Examples might include: Hospitals, Physician Practices, Assisted Living Facilities, Rehab Centers, Fitness, etc.

Hospitality & Tourism Organization of the Year

To qualify for the Hospitality & Tourism category, applicants must be an active and operating organization in a service-based environment.
Examples might include: Restaurants, Lodging, Attractions, Entertainment, etc.

Professional & Financial Services Business of the Year

To qualify for the Professional Services category, applicants must have a professional designation.
Examples might include: Law Firms, Accounting Firms, Banks, Mortgage Companies, Realtors, etc.

Non-Profit Organization of the Year

To qualify for the Non-Profit category, applicants must be a local 501(c)3 or 501(c)6 not-for-profit organization registered in the State of Florida.

Service & Retail Business of the Year

To qualify for the Service & Retail category, applicants must provide a service, a product or operate a “bricks and mortar” business.
Examples might include: Cleaning Companies, Lawn Service, Pool Service, Contractors, Manufacturers, Maintenance Services, Hair Salons, Retail Shops, etc.

Employee of the Year

To qualify for this category, the employer must nominate the employee.

Please note: A business only needs to be nominated once and self-nominations are accepted. To be considered for an award, a business must be a Venice Chamber member and fill out the application.


… and the nominees are:

Healthcare & Wellness
A Better Solution of Venice
BodyByBarre at The Studio
BrightStar Care of Venice & Port Charlotte
Care Patrol Gulf Coast
Coastal Family Medicine
Gardens of Venice
Gulf Coast Medical Group
Higgins Chiropractic on Venice Island
Home Instead Senior Care
Karla Blake, Medicare Specialist
Mark Johnson, M.D., P.A.
Mary’s on Bayshore Assisted Living
Oasis Eye Care, Optical & Med Spa
Radiance Endodontics
Ramos Center for Interventional & Functional Pain Medicine
Restore Medical Partners, PLLC
Revolutionary Martial Arts & Fitness
Sarasota Arthritis Center
Total Therapy Florida
Venice Green Village
Venice Pines Veterinary Clinic
Venice Regional Bayfront Health
Veterinary Care of Venice
Your Total Body LLC
Hospitality & Tourism
Allegro Bistro
Atlanta Braves Spring Training Complex
Chaz 51 Bistro
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store
Croissant & Co.
Fox Lea Farm, Inc.
Golf in Venice; Waterford, Calusa Lakes & Capri Isles Golf Clubs
Great World Adventures, LLC (BeachHorses)
Hotel Venezia a Ramada Hotel
Inn at the Beach Resort
Made In Italy IP Restaurants LLC
Metro Diner
NoKoMo’s Sunset Hut
Off The Wagon Brewery & Kitchen
Pelican Pointe Golf & Country Club
Solorzano’s Pizzeria
Tampa Bay Rays
Venice Theatre, Inc.
Woodmere Apartments Of Venice

American Cancer Society
Child Protection Center, Inc.
Family Promise of South Sarasota County
Habitat for Humanity South Sarasota County Inc.
Hospital Volunteers of Venice Lifeline
Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium
Pregnancy Solutions, Inc.
Special Olympics Florida – Sarasota County
The Twig
The Venice Symphony
the WareHouse of Venice, Inc.
Venice Christian School
Venice-Nokomis Rotary Club
Professional & Financial
Achieva Credit Union
Berlin Patten Ebling, PLLC, Attorneys At Law
Catherine Gemma Law
CIA Carter Insurance Agency, Inc
Compass Property Management
Englewood Bank & Trust – Venice Loan Office
First International Title, Inc.
Goosehead Insurance – Hazeltine Insurance Group
Gulfcoast IT Services, Inc.
Gulf Shores Realty
Gulfside Mortgage Services
Hallmark Business Brokers
Keller Williams Island Life Real Estate
Northwestern Mutual – Matthew Cary
Pinkerton, Harkins & Mehserle Private Wealth
Premier Sotheby’s International Realty
RE/MAX Palm Realty
RE/MAX Platinum Realty – Maria Lisa Higgins
Roberts Insurance Group
Silverlight Insurance Agency
Supreme Lending
West Coast Realty


Service & Retail
AAMCO Transmissions of Venice
Absolute Window & Door
Aqua Duck Plumbing
AquaTech Pools GC, Inc.
Arrow Environmental Services, LLC
Bishop Construction Services, Inc.
Britton’s Flooring Options by Carpet One
Captain’s Landing of Venice
Classic Creations in Diamonds & Gold, Inc.
Cool Today
Crate and Marrow
Creative Nails & Beyond Inc.
Fifi’s of Venice
Global Air Conditioning Inc.
Gulf Breeze Apparel
Heaven’s Best Carpet Cleaning
Heritage Glass, Inc.
J2 Solutions Inc.
Mahle Cool Air & Heating
Nellie’s Notecards and Wilson’s Whimsies
Palm Island Electric
Pillar to Post Home Inspectors – The Steve Williamson Team
Sandy’s Designer Clothing
Simply Trees, LLC
Sport Clips Haircuts of South Sarasota
Tri County Air Conditioning & Heating
Venice Print Center
Walmart Stores, Inc. – Store 0769
Watertite Roofing

Employee of the Year 

Employee of the year names will remain undisclosed for 2019!
Thank you to our members for the outstanding candidates!

Questions – Contact Debra Mattar,

Business Development Director 941.488.2236