September 08, 2022


WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Chamber of Commerce today announced the finalists for CO— by U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s annual Dream Big Awards program, presented by Spectrum Reach, with support from MetLife. The awards celebrate the achievements of small businesses and honors their contributions to America’s economic growth. The 2022 Small Business of the Year award winner will receive national recognition and a $25,000 cash prize.  

This year 27 finalists were selected from more than 3,000 applications, and include some of the most innovative, diverse, and successful small businesses from across the country. They range from a pet store and dog wash in Texas to a trophy shop in Washington, and from a gourmet hot dog restaurant in Buffalo to a honeybee farm in Kentucky. One finalist will be chosen as the Small Business of the Year Award winner for receiving the top score after several rounds of judging. 

“This year’s finalists show that through ongoing challenges, the creativity and can-do attitude of small business owners and entrepreneurs is stronger than ever,” said Tom Sullivan, Vice President of Small Business Policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. “The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is committed to supporting America's small businesses and their ability to grow, innovate and drive our economy. We are proud to host the Dream Big Awards and celebrate the very best in American small business."  

The Dream Big Awards program includes eight different Business Achievement Awards to recognize the excellence of leading businesses in each of the following categories: community support and leadership, emerging, green/sustainable, minority-owned, LGBTQ-owned, veteran-owned, woman-owned, and young entrepreneur. 

Award winners will be announced at the Dream Big Awards Ceremony, part of the CO—  Start. Run. Grow. Week virtual event on Tuesday, October 18, 2022, at 6:30pm ET. Register here.   

The 2022 Dream Big Awards finalists are:  

Community Support and Leadership Award  

Emerging Business Achievement Award  

Green/Sustainable Business Achievement Award  

LGBTQ-Owned Business Achievement Award  

Minority-Owned Business Achievement Award  

Veteran-Owned Business Achievement Award  

Woman-Owned Business Achievement Award  

Young Entrepreneur Achievement Award  

About CO— by U.S. Chamber of Commerce 

CO— is an editorial website with a mission to serve growing businesses across the U.S. Launched in 2019 by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, CO— publishes content that helps solve the problems business owners face every day. Our team is based in New York City and is made up of digital media and publishing professionals who are deeply committed to building a vibrant entrepreneurial community and helping business owners thrive.  

About U.S. Chamber of Commerce 

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business organization representing companies of all sizes across every sector of the economy. Our members range from the small businesses and local chambers of commerce that line the Main Streets of America to leading industry associations and large corporations.  

They all share one thing: They count on the U.S. Chamber to be their voice in Washington, across the country, and around the world. For more than 100 years, we have advocated for pro-business policies that help businesses create jobs and grow our economy.