JAX Chamber names 2016 Small Business Leaders of the Year

Twelve Northeast Florida entrepreneurs were saluted by the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce as 2016 Small Business Leaders of the Year


Twelve Northeast Florida entrepreneurs in fields ranging from legal to photography were saluted recently by the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce (JAX Chamber) as 2016 Small Business Leaders (SBLY) of the Year.

Three divisions of the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce — Chamber Councils, the Beaches Division and the Entrepreneurial Growth Division — all played a part in selecting the finalists, one of whom will be named the overall 2016 SBLY at a JAX breakfast event on Feb. 9.

The dozen honorees include Steve Thompson, Sand Dollar Cleaners, Arlington Council; John Miller, Rock Solid Business Law, PLLC, Beaches Division; Renee Parenteau, Renee Parenteau Photography, Downtown Council; Sara Slettebo, ReMilNet LLC, Entrepreneurial Growth Division; Mindy Barker, Mindy Barker & Associates, Health Council; Stephen Pollan, Assessment Technologies Group, Jacksonville IT Council; Joani Maskell, Swimming Safari Swim School, Mandarin Council; Trish Kapustka, Edible Arrangements, North Council; Severine Wider, Severine Photography, Professional Women’s Council; Wendy Hughes, Wendy Hughes Team, Keller Williams Jacksonville Realty, South Council; Jena Lea Cauley, First Coast Legal Group LLC, Transportation & Logistics Council; and Jeremy Chase, Connect-Tek LLC, West Council.

“We congratulate the 2016 Small Business Leader of the Year winners,” John Bryan, director of the JAX Chamber Beaches Division and Chamber Councils, said. “They have achieved great success in their respective fields, and they are outstanding representatives of the chamber’s membership in the community.”

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