ESBY Awards

ESBY (Entrepreneur and Small Business of the Year) Awards

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Nominations are now closed for the 2018 ESBY Awards. The deadline for applications was February 12, 2018 at 5:00pm.

The ESBY Breakfast will be held on March 20, 2018 at Sea Ranch Resort, Kill Devil Hills.

The Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce seeks nominations for the Entrepreneur & Small Business of the Year (ESBY) Awards. The awards are presented at the annual ESBY Breakfast in March. 

ESBY awards recognize successful business ventures in four categories:  Solopreneur, Home-Based Business, companies with 10 or fewer employees, and companies with 11-50 employees. Eligible applicants must have been in business in the Outer Banks area (Dare County, Currituck County or Ocracoke Island) for at least two years and be members in good standing of the Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce. Nominees will be evaluated based on their business stability, challenges and growth, customer service practices, marketing strategies, and community involvement.

“We are looking for those that stand out above the rest,” said Chamber President & CEO Karen Brown.  “These awards recognize community partners that make the Outer Banks a great place to live and work.”

A panel of judges from area nearby colleges and chambers of commerce from around the United States judge the applications.


2017 ESBY Winners


The Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce announces the 2017 Entrepreneur and Small Business of the Year Award Winners: Kelly's Outer Banks Restaurant and Tavern Small Business 11 -50 employees; A&A Atlantic Portable Bathrooms Home Based Business: and Coastal Animal Hospital Business of the Year 10 employees or less. Pictured far left was the keynote speaker for this year's event Frank Hood, President & CEO of Kingsdown, Mebane, NC; Glenda  Morse, Juliane Kelly, Mary Ann Newman, Vickie Downs and Mike Kelly of Kelly's Restaurant; Brent Tomlinson, Chair, Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors; Erica and Health Burkhart, A&A Atlantic Portable Bathrooms; and Jennifer Bridgers, Coastal Animal Hospital.

Awards were presented Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at Pamlico Jack's Restaurant, Nags Head. Special thanks to 2017 event sponsors: BB&T, Southern Bank, College of the Albemarle's Small Business Center, Manteo Furniture and Appliance, Holiday Inn Express Nags Head Oceanfront, Hilton Garden Inn, and the Ramada Plaza,

2016 Winners

The 2016 Entrepreneur and Small Business of the Year Awards were presented June 2, 2106 at Jennette’s Pier, Nags Head.  Picture Back row: Left to Right Paul Jaber-First South Bank, Barrett Bodiford-First South Bank, John Gardner-First South Bank, Paul Anderson-Ocean Sands K-9, Ginger O’Neal-Small Business Center COA, Kathryn Montgomery-Whichard & Woolard, Geordie Robison-Whichard & Woolard, Russ Hull-Whichard & Woolard, John Woolard, III-Whichard & Woolard, Niels Moore-Cape Management; Chairman of the Board for the Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce Front row: Left to Right Pam Anderson-Ocean Sands K-9, Jannie Kennyon-Kennyon Productions, Douglas Kennyon-Kennyon Productions, Ann Lamb-Joe Lamb Jr. & Associates, Joe Lamb-Joe Lamb Jr. & Associates. Sponsored by: Whichard and Woolard Wealth Management Group, Dominion Power; First South Bank and College of the Albemarle's Small Business Center the annual awards recognize businesses for achievements and community involvement. 


2015 Winners

Pictured Left to Right are the 2015 Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce Enterpreneur and Small Business of the Year Awards: John Towler, Stuart Parks, Joseph Knapp, Cynthia Linquist and Teuta Towler, Small Business of the Year (10 employees or less) – Mitro Digital Marketing; Ginger Harvey, Solopreneur of the Year (1 employee) – GingerSnaps Photography; Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce Board Chair Maylon White; John Bone, Myra Ladd-Bone, Barbara Gudoski, Small Business of the Year (11-50 employees) – Atlantic Realty of the Outer Banks; Ginger O’Neal, College of the Albemarle’s Small Business Center;  Mac Sullivan, Jr., CEO of Pate Dawson Company and Keynote Speaker for the ESBY Luncheon; Neil Songer, Southern Bank and Title Sponsor of the Event; Liz Askew, Chrissy Moore, Angela Moore, and Brenda Burge of Atlantic Realty Outer Banks. Not pictures, SCORE Outer Banks Chair John Rorer, Sponsor. 


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