Pinnacle Business Awards finalists announced
Apr 12, 2012 (The Knoxville News-Sentinel - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
Twenty-four Knoxville area companies have been selected as finalists for the 2012 Pinnacle Business Awards, the Knoxville Chamber announced Thursday.
More than 175 companies were nominated for eight different awards recognizing outstanding businesses and businesspeople.
"A Pinnacle Award is the most prestigious award you can win as a local businessperson, entrepreneur, or organization," Mike Edwards, President and CEO of the Knoxville Chamber said in a prepared statement. "We're proud to honor the dedication, community support, and success these businesses all represent."
The winners will be announced May 4 at the Pinnacle Awards gala, presented by BB&T at the Knoxville Convention Center. Tickets are available at the chamber's website at http://www.knoxvillechamber.com/.
The finalists are:
Young Entrepreneur Award, presented by UT-Battelle: Parker Frost, Gigmark; Chris McAdoo, Best Behavior Creative Club; and Jonathan Williams, Accord Federal Services LLC.
Impact Award, presented by Aqua-Chem: Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Grace Construction and PetSafe.
Minority-Owned Business Excellence Award, presented by Covenant Health: ComputerWorks, Manny's Catering and Always Moore Janitorial Service.
Large Business Excellence Award, presented by Cherokee Distributing, 21st Mortgage Corp., Cellular Sales and Jewelry Television.
Mid-Sized Business Excellence Award, presented by the Knoxville Chamber: Consolidated Products Inc., Power Systems Inc. and Strata-G LLC.
Woman-Owned Business Excellence Award, presented by LBMC: Ackermann PR, Elizabeth Eason Architecture LLC and The Trust Company.
Innovator Award, presented by Pershing Yoakley & Associates: Agile Technologies, Aqua-Chem and Cadre5.
Small Business Excellence Award, presented by BB&T: All Occasions Party Rentals, M Force Staffing and Management Solutions LLC.
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