Spotlight on Vendors Awards

CORPORATE PARTNER OF THE YEAR

This is the highest award presented to a private sector corporation who is a prime contractor with city, county, state and non-profit agencies and utilizes certified small, minority and/or women-owned or disadvantage businesses in the delivery of the contracted goods or services. The Corporate Partner of the Year consistently meets or exceeds their commitment to small, minority/women-owned and disadvantaged businesses for purchasing, technical and managerial assistance, if necessary, and demonstrates a conscientious effort towards the sponsorship of minority programs. This company must have and continue to strive toward establishing “best practices” in diversity programs.

MINORITY / WOMEN – OWNED BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

This is the highest award presented to a certified minority/woman-owned business. The M/WBE Business of the Year must have distinguished itself with a solid bottom line, innovative management and a strategic and energetic approach to future growth. The winner of the M/WBE Business of the Year award consistently provides quality products and services. Additionally, the business should demonstrate a concerted effort in striving to “give back” to other certified M/WBEs and the community. The winner is chosen based on the amount of business they do, performance involving quality in the delivery of products/services, and participation and support of community activities.

SMALL BUSINESS ENTERPRISE (SBE) BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

This is the highest award presented to a certified small business. The SBE Business of the Year must have distinguished itself with a solid bottom line, innovative management and a strategic and energetic approach to future growth while striving to emerge in the playing field. The winner of the SBE Business of the Year award consistently provides quality products and services. Additionally, the business should demonstrate a concerted effort in striving to “give back” to other certified SBEs and the community. The winner is chosen based on the amount of business they do, performance involving quality in the delivery of products/services, and participation and support of community activities.

ADVOCATE OF THE YEAR

This award is given to a for profit or non-profit organization which has contributed to the growth and development of the small and minority/women-owned business community. The Advocate of the Year should be highly visible in the S/M/W/DBE community and a strong supporter of diversity programs within the community.

DISADVANTAGED BUSINESS ENTERPRISE (DBE) BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

This is the highest award presented to a certified Disadvantaged Business. The DBE Business of the Year must have distinguished itself with a solid bottom line, innovative management and a strategic and energetic approach to future growth while striving to emerge in the playing field. The winner of the DBE Business of the Year award consistently provides quality products and services. Additionally, the business should demonstrate a concerted effort in striving to “give back” to other certified DBEs and the community. The winner is chosen based on the amount of business they do, their overall performance involving quality in the delivery of products/services, and participation and support of community activities.

2017 AWARD Winners

CORPORATE PARTNER OF THE YEAR

THE WEITZ COMPANY

M/WBE BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

2 S.B.W. & ASSOCIATES INC.

SBE BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

ROBLING ARCHITECTURE CONSTRUCTION, INC

DBE BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

CYRIACKS ENVIRONMENTAL CONSULTING SERVICES, INC.

ADVOCATE OF THE YEAR

Paragon Florida, Inc.

WHO WE ARE

The Palm Beach Partners is a coalition of City, County, State and non-profit agencies aligned to maximize economic development opportunities for small businesses throughout the South Florida region.
The group includes: South Florida Water Management District, City of Riviera Beach, Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners, (Office of Small Business Assistance, Department of Airports and Palm Tran), School District of Palm Beach County, City of West Palm Beach, Center for Technology Enterprise and Development (TED Center), and PARAGON Florida, Inc.

2018 STEERING COMMITTEE

OUR GOAL:

Our goal is to extend this distinctive business opportunity beyond our respective geographic and organizational borders to benefit small, women-owned and disadvantaged business enterprises (SBEs, M/WBEs, or DBEs) throughout the entire South Florida region.

Please join us in making the 2017 Palm Beach Partners Business MatchMaker Conference & Expo an unrivaled, collaborative success.

WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT:

  • Workshops exposing business owners to the latest social media and marketing technology, how to build your credit and obtain a small business loan and how to build connections and contracting opportunities with government agencies.

  • Power Talks with Government Agencies and Private Corporations.

  • Keynote Luncheon and Spotlight on Vendor Awards.

  • The "Real Business" Networking Reception And Awards Presentation

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