Held each winter to welcome the incoming board of directors, the Flagler Chamber's Annual Installation Celebration is a not-to-be-missed event for Flagler County business professionals and leaders. In addition to honoring new board members, leaders are recognized and awards are presented as part of the Chamber's Business Awards program.
Join the "Who's Who" list of Flagler's business community at this popular annual event. Click here for sponsorship opportunities or contact Heather Edwards at 386-206-0952 to learn more.
In 2013, the Chamber modified its awards program by asking members to tell us what they had done to be more innovative, visible and customer focused. Not only was the reception extremely favorable, but we also found real value in allowing our winners to share their success stories with others. We’re hopeful this year’s awards competition will encourage even more members to take credit for and share best practices that other businesses may want to emulate.
Winner categories and the 2017 Winners:
Diplomat of the Year
Hallie Hydrick was awarded Chamber Diplomat of the Year, based on points she earned throughout the year in exchange for her attendance and involvement.
Most Innovative Product/Service - DGreene Art LLC
Owner Don Greene became interested in the Bob Ross Wet-on-Wet Technique® years ago and went on to become a Certified Ross Instructor®. Since then, he and his wife Donna retired to Palm Coast, opened DGreene Art LLC studio and now enjoy instructing others in the fine art of painting “Happy Trees” and “Happy Clouds”. The studio, Flagler County’s only full time instructional art studio, offers painting classes five days per week. Since opening on June 1, 2017, the studio has conducted more than 120 classes, bringing the “Joy of Painting” to dozens of budding artists throughout the county.
Don also takes his painting skills on the road by participating in community events where he provides quick instruction and encourages guests to add a small contribution to create a "Community Painting." His patience and laid back demeanor make learning to paint fun for all.
Excellence in Customer Service - Superwash Express Palm Coast
Superwash Express Palm Coast takes customer feedback seriously, offering multiple platforms where customers can leave feedback and then responding to each and every review, whether good or bad. They truly listen and even offer a "Clean Car Guarantee" that means they will completely re-wash your vehicle at no charge if service falls short of your expectations. For the pride this company takes in delivering excellent customer service and the consistent five star ratings it receives from guests, it was clear they were the winner of the Excellence in Customer Service Award.
Most Innovative Campaign/Concept - Palm Coast and the Flagler Beaches
The Flagler County Tourism staff developed “Dodge the Dunes” to address beach renourishment, to share dune regulations and discuss ongoing restoration projects in a way that is memorable and friendly. The campaign mantra "Respect. Restore. Revive." succinctly defines the campaign and conveys its importance in the present, short and long-term. The Dodge the Dunes campaign was well-received by the Flagler Beach City commission and their Economic Task Force Committee, as well as governing agencies in Flagler Beach and Flagler County.
Emerging Business of the Year - The American Flag Project (not pictured)
This home-based business and 501©3 non-profit organization began at the end of 2015 with the mission of raising patriotism and voter participation in America by distributing flags to local citizens. The American Flag Project has grown from handing out flags at events around town to being recognized and receiving proclamations from the City of Palm Coast and Flagler County Commissioners. The American Flag Project has given out more than 100,000 free flags, has received donations from people and organizations across the state and has increased its online sales to more than $7,600 this year.
Small Business of the Year - Air Pros of Flagler County
Established in August 2007, this family owned and operated business started as a husband/wife team, an assistant and another relative as its customer service and office manager. Within three years, they hired 3 full-time technicians and moved into their first office location. With a reputation for fairness and honestly, Air Pros grew to 10 full time employees by 2015 and 16 today. 2017 was the company's most successful from a growth standpoint with increases in both residential and commercial customers. While financial strength is certainly important, giving back to the community is also a key focus and the list of organizations and events this business supports is very long.
Large Business of the Year - Intracoastal Bank
Intracoastal Bank opened in 2008 with a goal of supporting the community by building strong and lasting relationships with clients. Established by a team of local residents and business owners with long-standing ties to the community, this business truly operates like a “hometown” bank and, in fact, is the only locally owned bank in Flagler County.
This organization has 40 employees and prides itself on hiring local talent. These employees live in the communities they serve and participate in local events and organizations, as well as serve on numerous nonprofit boards like the Flagler County Education Foundation, Take Stock in Children, Women United of Flagler, VMA, United Way Volusia Flagler, Flagler County Rotary, CareerSource Flagler Volusia, Florida Hospital Flagler, Habitat for Humanity and more.
Over the past decade Intracoastal Bank has played an important role and shared in the success of its customers by loaning more than $350 million to companies for their launch and expansions. At the same time, the bank has reported impressive and consecutive growth over the past three years with ambitious plans to sustain growth for the foreseeable future.
Congratulations to all the Flagler Chamber’s 2017 Award Winners.
2018 Flagler County Chamber "An Evening in Paradise" Installation Gala