Manager, Communications and Strategy
September 28, 2021
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s annual Dream Big Awards, presented by Spectrum Reach, celebrate the achievements of small businesses and honors their contributions to America’s economic growth.
One of the nine business achievement award categories is for the best and brightest emerging small businesses. The Emerging Business Achievement Award recognizes a start-up company that has attained outstanding business achievement with fewer than 25 employees and 1-3 years of full-time operation (not a buyout of an existing company). Read more about the three businesses in the running below.
The winner will be announced at the Dream Big Awards Ceremony, part of The Big Week for Small Business virtual event, on Thursday, October 21, 2021, at 5:00pm ET. Learn more about the other Dream Big Award categories and finalists here.
Emerging Business Achievement Finalists:
Aspis, LLC,Kansas City, MO
Aspis, LLC Founder & CEO Jeff Wagner recognized that small to mid-sized businesses often didn’t have the resources for cybersecurity products and services, nor the expertise to operate their information systems securely. As a former cyber expert and Chief Information Security Officer, he is leveraging his experience to help bring cost-effective cybersecurity to smaller organizations through Aspis, LLC.
Covered in Cotton, Florence, SC
Covered in Cotton was spun from a vision of Tracy Woodard, a third-generation farmer in South Carolina, to take the cotton grown on the farm through the process of becoming yarn, which is then woven into cotton products. The 100% cotton products are locally grown and crafted exclusively in the Carolinas.
Covered in Cotton’s “Cotton With a Cause” mission donates one cotton blanket to a local children’s hospital for every ten sold, helping to share the story of their son, Tobin, who spent more than a month in the hospital for emergency brain surgery at only three months old.
Imperium Data Networks,Tampa, FL
Imperium Data Networks was founded to create long-term change in the IT industry by providing customers with technology products, managed services, and human capital solutions. The business was built locally in Tampa, but has allowed business owners nationally to be able to focus on their core business, while Imperium Data ensures everything is working efficiently.
Register for the Dream Big Awards Ceremony on Thursday, October 21, 2021, at 5:00pm ET to find out who will be the U.S. Chamber’s Small Business of the Year and win $25,000!