Although Jannah and I had to miss this year’s “Excellence in Business” Awards Gala, hosted on Nov. 7 by the North Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce (NTBC) at Tampa Palms Golf & Country Club (for the first time), we had a pretty good reason — Jannah’s daughter Lauren gave birth to the first of our two new grandchildren — the precious Rosalie (“Rosie”) Carolyn Cione — at almost exactly the same time, on the same day, as the event. 

But, even though we missed the gala, I still wanted to congratulate this year’s award winners. As a former “Small Business of the Year” award winner (in 2014) for the former Wesley Chapel Chamber, I know how nice it is to accept one of these awards:

Small Business of the Year – Advisor Magazine

New Business of the Year – Hilton Garden Inn Tampa-Wesley Chapel

Large Business of the Year – AdventHealth Wesley Chapel

Entrepreneur of the Year – Slater • Grant

Board Member of the Year – Michael Berthelette, Platinum Hair Salon

Volunteer of the Year  – Cam Caudle, Shred 360

Congratulations to all of the winners and finalists! And, as always, the attendees were all well-dressed and ready to enjoy the party!

Thanks to David Alvarez of DCI Media for taking these great pics in our absence!   

For more information about the North Tampa Bay Chamber, call (813) 994-8534 or stop by the office at 1868 Highland Oaks Blvd., Suite A-1, Lutz. — GN

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