Venice Area Chamber of Commerce

2020 Business of the Year Awards

Each year we celebrate businesses by honoring them at the Venice Area Chamber Business of the Year Awards.   In its 41st year, this event recognizes Member businesses in five categories.  The Chamber will also be recognizing an “Employee of the Year”. This year’s awards luncheon is on Friday, May 15, 2020 at Plantation Golf & Country Club.

As we begin the nominations, we encourage you to take a moment to nominate a fellow Member in one of the categories listed below. Those nominated will be eligible to apply for that award category. Applications are reviewed and finalists will be interviewed by a panel of Chamber members.  The winner of each category will be announced at the luncheon.

Organizations must be a member of Venice Area Chamber of Commerce. 


Here are the categories:

Health Care & Wellness Organization of the Year

To qualify for the Health Care/Wellness category, applicants must be an active and operating organization in the field of health and wellness

Examples might include:  Hospitals, Physician Practices, Assisted Living Facilities, Rehab Centers, Fitness, Veterinarians, etc.

Hospitality & Tourism Organization of the Year

To qualify for the Hospitality & Tourism category, applicants must be an active and operating organization in a service-based environment. 

Examples might include: Restaurants, Lodging, Attractions, Entertainment, etc.


Professional & Financial Services Business of the Year

To qualify for the Professional Services category, applicants must have a professional designation.

Examples might include: Law Firms, Accounting Firms, Banks, Mortgage Companies, Realtors, etc.

Non-Profit Organization of the Year

To qualify for the Non-Profit category, applicants must be a local 501(c)3 or 501(c)6 not-for-profit organization registered in the State of Florida.

Service & Retail Business of the Year

To qualify for the Service & Retail category, applicants must provide a service, a product or operate a “bricks and mortar” business.

Examples might include: Cleaning Companies, Lawn Service, Pool Service, Contractors, Manufacturers, Maintenance Services, Hair Salons, Retail Shops, etc.

Employee of the Year*

To qualify for this category, the employer must nominate the employee.

Please note: A business only needs to be nominated once and self-nominations are accepted.  (*The employer must nominate the employee for the Employee of the Year category.)  To be considered for an award, a business must be a Venice Area Chamber of Commerce member, fill out the application and be interviewed by a panel of judges.



Business of the Year NOMINEES for 2020!

Healthcare & Wellness

21stCentury Oncology

A Little Help Nurse Registry

BrightStar Care of Venice & Port Charlotte

Coastal Family Medicine

Compassionate Cannabis Clinic

Dr. Gregg G. Hassler, Jr., DMD, PL


Englewood Community Hospital

Family Spine and Pain Care Institute

Gulf Coast Medical Group

Home Instead Senior Care

Liberate Physicians Venice

Maris Pointe

Oasis Eye Care, Optical & Med Spa

Radiance Endodontics

Ramos Center for Interventional & Functional Pain Medicine

Restore Medical Partners

Revolutionary Martial Arts & Fitness

Sarasota Memorial Health Care System

Total Therapy Florida

Venice Regional Bayfront Health

Your CBD Store Nokomis


Hospitality & Tourism 

All Around Charters and Tours


British Open Pub

Daiquiri Deck Raw Bar

Expedia CruiseShipCenters Venice

Fox Lea Farm

Inn at the Beach

Off The Wagon Brewery & Kitchen

Pop’s Sunset Grill

Tito Gaona Flying Trapeze Academy

Venice Pier Group (Sharky’s, Fins & Snook Haven)

Waterford Golf Club


Professional & Financial

AAA Insurance – Venice Branch

Bates-Buchanan & Savitsky Law Group, P.A.

Cavanaugh & Co. LLP

CENTURY 21 Schmidt Real Estate

FourThought Private Wealth

Goosehead Insurance

Green Fairways Financial

Gulf Shores Realty

Gulfside Mortgage Services

Hallmark Business Brokers

Home and Condo Rentals

Karla Blake, Medicare Specialist

Lori Stephens LLC

Payment Systems of Florida

Premier Sotheby’s International Realty

Premier Sotheby’s International Realty – Denise Poole, GRI

RE/MAX Alliance Group

West Coast Realty of Venice


Service & Retail 

Absolute Aluminum

Absolute Window & Door

Beechwood Builders, Inc.

Bishop Construction Services, Inc.

Burnett Painting

Classic Creations in Diamonds & Gold

Creative Nails & Beyond, Inc.

Fifi’s Fine Furnishings

Global Air Conditioning

GMan Home Watch

Grace Air Conditioning & Heating

Heaven’s Best Carpet Cleaning

J2 Solutions

Kitchen & Bath On The Isle

Leopold Truck and Auto Repair Inc.

Matthews-Currie Ford


Sport Clips Haircuts of South Sarasota

Sunsational Cleaning LLC

Sunshine Electrical Services, Inc.

Venice Lifestyle Magazine

Venice Print Center

Virasana Salon



American Cancer Society

Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County

Family Promise of South Sarasota County

Habitat for Humanity South Sarasota County

Hospital Volunteers of Venice

Laurel Civic Association

Loveland Center

SCORE Association Manasota (Chapter 116)

Special Olympics Florida – Sarasota County

The SKY Family YMCA

The Twig Cares

The Venice Symphony

Venice Christian School

Venice Theatre


Employee of the Year

Names of individuals nominated are being withheld until winner is announced!

Select Video Highlights from 2019:

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