September 01, 2021


Finalists chosen from a record 1,000+ applicants; will be recognized during Annual Small Business Awards Program

Washington, D.C. -The U.S. Chamber of Commerce announced the finalists for its annual Dream Big Awards, presented by Spectrum Reach, with support from MetLife and Staples Connect. The awards celebrate the achievements of small businesses and honors their contributions to America’s economic growth.

This year 27 finalists were selected from more than 1,000 applications, and include some of the most innovative, diverse, and successful small businesses from across the country. They range from a yarn store in Minnesota to a wine boutique in Boston, and from a self-driving truck technology company in San Francisco to an award-winning steak house in Washington, DC.

“This year small businesses have continued facing every obstacle head-on, taking risks, working hard, and dreaming big in the face of ongoing challenges and uncertainty,” said Tom Sullivan, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Vice President of Small Business Policy. “Small businesses are a critical and vibrant sector of the U.S. economy, and the U.S. Chamber is proud to celebrate the very best in American small business through our Dream Big Awards.”

The Dream Big Awards program includes nine 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, young entrepreneur, and small business of the year.

Award winners 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.

The 2021 Dream Big Awards finalists are:

Dream Big Small Business of the Year Award

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 the 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.