The Flagler County Chamber of Commerce held its annual Installation Gala Friday, January 19 at Hammock Beach Resort with a sold-out crowd of 280 guests.
As part of the festivities, the Chamber honors select members that have “gone above and beyond” in some way as part of an annual awards competition. Members submitted applications for consideration in the following seven categories:
Diplomat of the Year
Most Innovative Product/Service
Most Innovative Campaign/Concept
Excellence in Customer Service
Emerging Business of the Year
Small Business of the Year
Large Business of the Year
Hallie Hydrick from the Palm Coast Observer was selected Chamber Diplomat of the Year, based on points she earned by attending events, helping members and getting involved throughout the year.
Don Greene for DGreene Art, LLC for Most Innovative Product or Service -- This retired military veteran and Defense Contractor with 40 years of service has brought the “Joy of Painting" to Flagler County with a studio that teaches the Bob Ross Wet-on-Wet Technique® 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.
Palm Coast & The Flagler Beaches for Most Innovative Marketing Campaign -- This innovative campaign appealed to a wide audience (business owners, residents, children, visitors), and focused on our main asset - the beach! 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. With its campaign mantra "Respect. Restore. Revive." 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.
Superwash Express Palm Coast for Excellence in Customer Service -- A relative newcomer to Palm Coast, this business understood that their success would depend on their ability to deliver excellent customer service. This meant developing repeat customers and doing everything possible to make certain customers not only leave happy but happy enough to share their positive experience with others. They truly listen to customers 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.
Larry & Nikki White of the American Flag Project for Outstanding Emerging Business --
This home-based business and 501©3 non-profit organization started in 2015 with a mission to encourage patriotism and voter participation by distributing flags locally. The Business has grown from handing out flags at events around town to receiving proclamations from the City of Palm Coast and Flagler County Commissioners. So far, tonight’s winner 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.
Jim & Lynn Kuykendall of Air Pros of Flagler County for Small Business of the Year -- This family owned and operated business started as a husband/wife team and grew over the past ten years to 16 full-time employees. 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.
Intracoastal Bank for Large Business of the Year -- This 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.
Intracoastal Bank has 40 employees and prides itself on hiring local talent. These employees support their communities by 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 Hospital, 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 over $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.
With more than 740 members, the Flagler County Chamber of Commerce is one of the largest member-based organizations in Flagler County. The Chamber has served and supported its community since 1962 with a mission of engaging, promoting and sustaining a thriving business climate in Flagler County. For more information, call 386.437.0106, or visit www.flaglerchamber.org.