WASHINGTON — In a year that saw a record-breaking 15,000+ applicants from all corners of the nation, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce recently announced America’s 70 top small businesses. These 70 exceptional businesses have emerged as the vanguards of innovation and community engagement, setting the stage for the announcement of the Chamber’s annual "America's Top Small Business Awards” winner on Oct. 19.
Oceanside Cleaners in Jacksonville, Florida, landed on the list this year. “A family-owned business with over 30 years of experience,” its entry reads, “Oceanside Cleaners is known in its community for its exceptional service and meticulous attention to detail. It specializes in dry cleaning, washing and folding, shirt laundry, and household items.”
"Small businesses embody the resilience and innovation that define America’s free enterprise system,” says U.S. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Suzanne P. Clark. “As a former small-business owner, I know firsthand there is no challenge greater and no reward sweeter than starting a business. Individually, each small business represents a familiar face, a trusted name, and a vital part of the fabric of their community. Collectively, they power our economic ecosystem and bring solutions to global problems, innovations that improve life and advance humankind, and a brighter collective future for all of us. We see that in all of this year’s America’s Top Small Business Awards participants. All 15,000 small business applicants are a testament to the courage, creativity, and unwavering commitment required to serve customers, solve problems, and strengthen society.”
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce selected America’s top 70 small businesses from all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico. They were evaluated on their business growth, ability to overcome challenges, innovative strategies for success, and community engagement. They will compete for one of seven finalist spots.
The top 70 small businesses will receive a one-year paid membership to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and will be prominently featured on the CO— website, a platform that provides practical information and tips to 20,000 business owners daily and over 6 million individuals annually, spanning the United States and the globe. The winner of the coveted title of "America's Top Small Business" will receive a $25,000 cash prize.
On Oct. 19, the top 70 small businesses and seven finalists will be recognized and celebrated at the America's Top Small Business Summit: Ready, Set, Scale at the Chamber’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. The winner will be announced at an awards ceremony following the summit.
Summit attendees will gain invaluable insights from the tactical success secrets shared by America’s Top Small Business finalists and will enjoy exclusive access to executives from industry giants such as Google, Walmart and Meta that ardently champion and promote small businesses.
Presented by Enova International and its small-business lending platform OnDeck, the summit will also include a fireside chat exploring the challenges small businesses face when seeking capital with Cory Kampfer, Enova’s Co-President of Small Business Lending.
“Enova is proud to support and celebrate the vibrant, resilient spirit of small businesses, who are the heartbeat of America’s economy,” says Kampfer. “It is an honor to collaborate with the U.S. Chamber to celebrate the remarkable contributions of these small businesses, and we will continue to champion their growth.”
For the complete list of the 70 businesses, click HERE.
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