FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 19, 2015
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ARLINGTON CHAMBER HONORS BEST BUSINESSES AND LEADERS
2015 Arlington Best Business Award winners
Arlington, VA
- The Arlington Chamber of Commerce celebrated the 29th Annual Arlington's Best Business Awards on Tuesday, May 19 at the Sheraton Pentagon City Hotel by honoring the year's most illustrious and accomplished businesses. The event honored successful businesses who have also made significant contributions to the Arlington community, as well as recognized three new inductees into the Arlington Business Hall of Fame.

"My dad always said to leave something on the table at every business deal," said Margaret O'Grady, daughter of 2015 Arlington Business Hall of Fame inductee Ashton Jones (honored posthumously). "It's the seed for the next project."

The prestigious Best Business Awards were presented to those businesses that consistently provide outstanding quality of service and products, achieve significant growth or stability over the lifetime of their business and display an interest and concern for the success of the Arlington community. This year's winners include:
Doing Good Award winner Sun Gazette Newspapers, represented by Bruce Potter, and Friend of Small Business Ann Bisson

Capitol Shine - 2015 Retail Small Business of the Year
Pavlov Financial Planning  -  2015 Home-Based Business of the Year
Culpepper Garden  - 2015 Nonprofit of the Year
Alectrona - 2015 Technology Small Business of the Year
Rosslyn BID - 2015 Service Small Business of the Year
Yuck Old Paint, LLC - 2015 Green Business of the Year
LMO Advertising - 2015 Business of the Year 
Crystal City Sports Pub  - 2015 Business of the Year  
   
Also presented at the event was the Doing Good Award. Made possible by the Philip M. Keating Fund for the Future, this award honors a company who is "doing good while doing well," meaning a prosperous business who constantly makes it a priority to give back to the community. The Doing Good Award was awarded to Sun Gazette Newspapers, accepted by Managing Editor Scott McCaffrey and Regional Vice President Bruce Potter.

The  Friend of Small Business Award  is rare and is only given when there is compelling evidence that someone has earned such recognition. This year, the Chamber has recognized  Ann Bisson , Deputy Commissioner of Revenue, as the  Friend of Small Business . The award honors an individual in Arlington, who has demonstrated a long record of helping small businesses succeed within the county.  A constant advocate for small business in Arlington,  Ann Bisson  helps individual businesses navigate what can be complicated processes. She works hard to connect business owners to each other and to the right departments within the County government. 
(L-R) 2015 Arlington Business Hall of Fame inductees: Russell Hitt, represented by his son Brett Hitt,
Sydney Dewberry, and the late Ashton Jones, represented by his daughters  Sally Brodie, Margaret O'Grady, and Susan Jordano.

 

Following the presentation of the awards, the Chamber inducted three new members into the Arlington Business Hall of Fame. The Arlington Business Hall of Fame honors men and women with a connection to Arlington County who have demonstrated a long record of successful management, expertise and business skills, along with notable achievements and exceptional civic and community involvement.

 

"The nicest thing about receiving this award is receiving it with Russell Hitt and Ashton Jones, men I've known all my life," said Sydney Dewberry, 2015 Arlington Business Hall of Fame inductee.

 

This year's inductees include Sydney Dewberry, Chairman Emeritus and Founder of Dewberry, Russell Hitt, Chairman of HITT Contracting, and the late Ashton Jones (honored posthumously), Arlington developer. They join the previous inductees Sydney "Syd" Albrittain, Joel Broyhill, Fred Burroughs, Elizabeth Campbell, Preston Caruthers, James "Jim" Cole, David Guernsey, Jonathan "Jon" Kinney, Henry "Hank" Lampe, Dr. Jack P. London, Herbert Morgan, Neal Nichols, and Robert "Bob" Peck.

  

Now in its 91st year of service to the Arlington business community, the Arlington Chamber of Commerce is pleased to recognize these businesses and individuals.

  

Special thanks to this year's Grand Sponsor  Comcast and our other sponsors for making this event possible.

  

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