The Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce has several award programs throughout the year to recognize businesses from within the membership who are excelling. Those awards are the quarterly Golden Pineapple Awards, annual Small Business Person of the Year, Customer Service of the Year, President's Award and Ambassador of the Year.
Golden Pineapple Award
In colonial America the pineapple symbolized the warmest welcome a hostess could extend to their guests. A business community that exemplify this same warm welcoming attitude through consistent, exceptional customer service is critical to the health and vitality of our community's economy.
To reward businesses who provide consistent, exceptional customer service the Chamber implemented the Quarterly Golden Pineapple Awards. The general public is encouraged to nominate a business in the Southport-Oak Island area that has provided you exceptional customer service. The only criteria is they must be a member of the Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce. It only takes a few minutes - click below to nominate your favorite business.
Small Business Customer Service Award
All businesses nominated for a Golden Pineapple Award in the previous four quarters will be eligible to compete for the Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce Small Business Customer Service of the Year Award. These businesses will be invited to compile a packet of information, which will be submitted for judging by Brunswick Community College Small Business Center. The winner will be announced at the Chamber’s Annual Meeting.
2017/2018 Small Business Customer Service Winner-Brunswick County Communities in Schools Thrift Shops
Recent Small Business Customer Service Winners:
2016/2017- Margaret Rudd & Associates, Inc., REALTORS
2015/2016- Family Chiropractic Plus
2014/2015- River Run Pack & Ship
2013/2014- DL Bianchi Brickyard Masonry Contractors & Landscaping Supply
2012/2013- Coastal Cosmetic Family Dentistry
2011/2012- Dosher Memorial Hospital Nursing Center
2010/2011- Zeetlegoo's Pet & People Store
Small Business of the Year
The Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce will accept nominations for the Small Business of the Year Award from January 1st to April 30th. Anyone can nominate a local business to compete for this award. However, two criteria must be met before they become eligible to compete:
- The business must be a member of the Southport Oak Island Area Chamber Of Commerce.
- The business must have been in operation for a minimum of five years.
After the business is nominated it will be notified and invited to compile a packet of information which will be submitted for judging by the Brunswick Community College Small Business Center. The winner will be announced at the Chamber’s Annual Meeting, receive a beautiful plaque and be recognized at the annual Coastal Entrepreneur Awards in Wilmington.
2017/2018 Small Business of the Year- Shiloh Ransom, Inspirations Dance Centre
Recent Small Business of the Year Winners:
2016/2017- Kris Beasley, Southport Magazine
2015/2016- Coastline Insurance Associates of NC, Inc.
2014/2015- Dr. Ali Travis, DVM, River Road Animal Hospital
2013/2014- Coastal Cosmetic Family Dentistry & Oak Island Accommodations
2012/2013- Penny Watkins, Boo & Roo's
2011/2012- Tim & Kevin Bell, Bell's Supply
2010/2011- Emily Humphreys, Port City Java
Non-Profit of the Year
The Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce will accept nominations for the Non-Profit of the Year Award from January 1st to April 30th. Anyone can nominate a local non-profit to compete for this award. However, three criteria must be met before they become eligible to compete: