HUNTSVILLE, AL., September 14, 2017 – The U.S. Chamber of Commerce awarded PROJECTXYZ, Inc. (PROJECTXYZ) from Huntsville, AL the 2017 Women-Owned Business Achievement Award during its annual Dream Big Small Business of the Year Award Celebration, presented by MetLife. The annual awards ceremony celebrates the achievements of small businesses and honors their contributions to America’s economic growth.
“We at PROJECTXYZ are blessed and honored to be recognized by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce,” said Kim Lewis, CEO of PROJECTXYZ. “The Women-Owned Business Achievement Award shows the strength of women-owned small business and we want to thank the Chamber for supporting us. We look forward to working with the U.S. Chamber and the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber on strengthening the growth of small businesses.”
Award winners were selected by a panel of judges from eighteen finalists in consideration for each of the five Business Achievement Awards and the one Dream Big Small Business of the Year Award. All eighteen finalists were also eligible for the Community Excellence Award, which was decided through online public voting.
“Small business owners are the backbone of our nation, exemplifying the American Dream by working hard, taking risks, and helping strengthen their communities and local economies,” said U.S. Chamber President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue. “The Dream Big Award winners have gone above and beyond to embrace innovation and entrepreneurship, and we are proud to recognize these tremendous small businesses for all of their achievements.”
Award winners were announced at the Dream Big Awards Celebration as part of the 2017 Small Business Summit, which took place September 10-13, 2017 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C.
PROJECTXYZ is a technical solutions company using its expertise to solve problems and deliver results for federal and commercial customers at various locations throughout the United States. Headquartered in Huntsville, Alabama, the company provides expertise in the research, design, development, integration, and sustainment of innovative solutions in engineering, logistics, information technology, and alternative energy. Founded in 2002, the company is an economically disadvantaged woman-owned small business.
About the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Dream Big Small Business of the Year Awards Program
Emerging Business Achievement Award: Recognizes a start-up company that has attained outstanding business achievement with fewer than 25 employees and 1-3 years of full-time operation (not a buy-out of an existing company).
Community Excellence Award: Recognizes a small business that has demonstrated exemplary level of leadership and community engagement to positively impact the quality of life in its community and to service the needs of its customers, employees, and neighbors. Candidates for the Community Excellence Award are selected from the pool of Business Achievement Award semi-finalists. The semi-finalists will be entered into an online ballot in consideration for the CEA.
Green/Sustainable Business Achievement Award: Recognizes a small business that has achieved excellence in the creation and implementation of sustainable business practices, including waste and recycling programs, water stewardship, efficiency in building environment, or any other significant effort designed to limit the way a business impacts the environment.
Minority-Owned Business Achievement Award: Recognizes a minority-owned, small business that has attained outstanding business achievement and exemplifies the significant contributions made by minority-owned businesses in the country. The business must be at least 51 percent owned or controlled by one or more U.S. citizens of the following ethnic/minority groups: African-Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, Asian Pacific Americans, and Subcontinent Asian Americans. Firms owned by Alaska Natives, Indian Tribes, and Native Hawaiians may also be considered for the award. The business must also have management and daily operations controlled by at least one (1) U.S. citizen of the aforementioned ethnic/minority groups.
Veteran-Owned Business Achievement Award: Recognizes a veteran-owned, small business that has attained outstanding business achievement and exemplifies contributions made by veteran-owned businesses in the country. The business must be at least 51 percent owned or controlled by one or more U.S. veterans, as defined in 38 U.S.C. 101 (2). The business must also have management and daily operations controlled by at least one (1) U.S. veteran.
Woman-Owned Business Achievement Award: Recognizes a woman-owned, small business that has attained outstanding business achievement and exemplifies the significant contributions made by women-owned businesses in the country. The business must be at least 51 percent owned or controlled by one or more women who are U.S. citizens. The business must also have management and daily operations controlled by at least one (1) woman.
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