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Prince William Chamber honors 2015 businesses of the year

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The Prince William Chamber of Commerce honored their members with their annual Excellence in Business Awards.

There are 10 categories in the Chamber’s business awards ranging from small business of the year, community service, and innovative partnership of the year.

The awards were held Wednesday, Feb. 25, at the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas.

Agnes L. Colgan Community Service Awards: Health & Human Services

Trillium Drop-In Center, Inc.

Trillium Drop-In Center is a private non-profit organization dedicated to providing stigma-free services to Prince William County’s mental health consumers.  Trillium Drop-In Center began as a Manassas support group that turned a Northern Virginia Mental Health Institute grant into an opportunity for more than 3,000 people to better cope with mental illness, to find housing and to find jobs.

Agnes L. Colgan Community Service Awards: Arts & Education

Literacy Volunteers of America–Prince William, Inc.

Literacy Volunteers of America—Prince William (LVA-PW) provided tuition-free reading and writing classes to more than 8,500 adults, reducing the estimated number of 35,000 adults in Prince William County who could only read at or below the 4th grade level.

2015 Business Awards:

Micro Business of the Year: American Solutions for Business

American Solutions for Business works diligently to enhance productivity and to increase creativity, while reducing client costs through their product offering of promotional products, printed documents, office supplies, e-commerce and marketing solutions.

Small Business of the Year: ECU Communications

ECU Communications is a full-service advertising and marketing communications firm that specializes in online advertising and is a leader in outreach and recruitment programs for multilingual audiences.

Medium Size Business of the Year: Fluet, Huber, Hoang

Fluet, Huber & Hoang PLLC is a values-based, veteran-owned law firm serving middle-market companies with international business, defense and national security legal expertise. 

Large Business of the Year:  American Disposal Services

American Disposal Services, with almost 600 employees, is the fifth largest employer in Manassas. It is more than just a “trash company.” It is an environmentally conscious, full-service recycling resource, which also hauls trash. American Disposal Services launched a ThinkBeforeYouthThrow® recycling outreach program in 2011.

New Business of the Year: PR for Anyone

Before PR for Anyone, there was no one to show small business owners how to promote their business through publicity, how to gain exposure, how to attract increasing numbers of customers and clients, and how to do it in a time-efficient manner. Launched part way through 2014, PR for Anyone already has 2,000 subscribers on its mailing list because of the valuable information and resources provided to small businesses at no cost.

Community Outreach Award-Mike Garcia Construction

Mike Garcia Construction is a beloved company and devoted supporter of our community here in Prince William County. Owner Mike Garcia and his staff have provided the City of Manassas with more than 3,000 hours of volunteer service, supports and volunteers initiatives that provide resources and help for the area’s homeless and is actively engaged in mentoring Manassas City Public School students to develop skills for future employment.

Innovative Practice/Partnership of the Year: Northern Virginia Community College-Global Learning Center

The Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) Manassas, Global Learning Center is expanding the barriers of the traditional community college by locating one of its offices in Manassas Mall. For many, stepping onto a college campus can be intimidating and so, by locating one of its offices in Manassas Mall, NOVA Manassas Global Learning Center seeks to establish a new hub where NOVA, the second largest community college in the nation, can connect with Prince William’s diverse and growing population at an easily accessible location.

Tech Company of the Year-Imagine

Imagine is a fun and creative web design company specializing in social media, corporate identity and public relation strategies aimed at marketing a company’s identity in the best light. Imagine is devoted to providing in-kind logo and web design development for local nonprofit organizations.

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  • Harold A. Maio

    —-providing stigma-free services

    You mean promoting the prejudice “stigma” into into do you not? As you have done.

    Harold A. Maio

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