Chapel Hill Gala Event
The invitation read, “glitzy glam.”
Members and patrons of the Chapel Hill and Carrboro business community were in for a treat as they gathered at UNC’s Playmakers Theater Friday night. The Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce spared no effort towards planning the event: The annual Business Excellence Awards. Tea Cup Gin, a North Carolina band, got the party moving during a pre-show cocktail hour.
It was as exciting as a night at the Oscars. Guests donned sequins, feathers, illuminated bracelets, and bowties. The performers and presenters sported equally rousing garb, and the entire event had audience members cheering and clapping. Jeff Polish, Founder of The Monti played host, welcoming and also softly elbowing the ribs of anyone who dared come near the microphone.
The Business Excellence Awards, or “BEAs” as they are affectionately known (the awards themselves were gorgeously sculpted metal bumble bees) generate regional recognition for businesses operating within the Chapel Hill and Carrboro community. 10 awards are given out for different categories, including Young Professional of the Year, Innovation, Community Impact, and more.
There were three finalists for each category, and the competition was steep. Sally Stollmack, of SallyMack Life Furnishings, was a finalist for New Business of the Year. “I’m honored to have even been in the competition!” She exclaimed upon entering the venue, reflecting on the prestige of these awards.
Sweeps Wins Best University Born Business of the Year
Sweeps was up against Coursicle and PHE, Inc. for the category “University Born Business.” We were thrilled to be included among such great businesses, and were even more elated when our name was announced as the winner of the award.
Sweeps is incredibly fortunate to have had access to the University of North Carolina as well as the Chapel Hill-Carrboro communities and support networks. We owe much of our success to the strength and resources our community provides. We’re thankful for this award, and would be thrilled to help each of you if you ever need it!
Charlie’s remarks on stage as he accepted the hand crafted award were short but sweet.
The winners included local laugh shop DSI Comedy as well as Seal the Seasons, who’s mission is to make local food available year round for all North Carolinians. CEO and Founder, Patrick Mateer is “ready to replicate this model in new states.” We know we’re excited about that!
See the rest of the winners here.
Highlights of the Night
The show included a “mini Monti,” where three guests told short, unscripted stories about failure. Especially captivating was Scott Maitland’s story of how his business, Top of The Hill, was scammed by Chinese con-artists. Their rebound from the scam left them poised to begin exporting internationally, showing a silver lining to a pretty epic failure.
After the ceremony, busses took attendants to The Stroud, where burgers and cocktails were served alongside a DJ and photo booth. We got some pretty great pictures and had a blast.
We are honored to have received this prestigious award, and thank the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce for hosting such a wonderful event.