Infinite Energy, PeerFly Earn Top Awards at Gainesville Chamber’s Business of the YearNovember 6th, 2013 by gainesvillechamber
RTI Surgical, Mindtree, Mobiquity, Peaceful Paths, neutral7 design group, and ProActive Tax & Accounting among award winners
Today, the Gainesville region’s business community gathered to celebrate innovation that inspires at the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce’s Business of the Year awards at the Best Western PLUS Gateway Grand. Infinite Energy and local startup PeerFly took home the most prestigious awards, as Infinite Energy won the Best Overall Large Business award (25+ employees) and PeerFly earned the Best Overall Small Business award (less than 25 employees).
Two other award winners included businesses that made international headlines for expanding to Gainesville in recent years, as Mindtree (expanded to Gainesville in 2012, creating 400 jobs) won Best International Business, and Mobiquity (expanded to Gainesville in 2013, creating 260 jobs) won Best New Business. RTI Surgical also made headlines in the last year for its own expansion, and fittingly won Best Business Expansion. Frequent award nominee and local printing and design company neutral7 design group, with its owner Albert Coronel, won Best Minority-Owned Business, while ProActive Tax & Accounting, and its owner Elizabeth Davies, earned the Leading Women’s Enterprise award. Peaceful Paths, a local non-profit advocate for victims of domestic violence and their children for over three years, received a $3 million grant from the Department of Children and Families in July, 2013 and is working on an expansion of their own, won the Best Non-Profit award.
The 2013 Business of the Year awards celebrated “Innovation that Inspires” by challenging award applicants to think differently about their contributions to their industry or community. Hosted by two-time Leading Women’s Enterprise Winner and Student Maid founder Kristen Hadeed, businesses were asked to showcase their companies continue to lead the cutting-edge of their respective industries and help to build a strong innovation economy.
“It is a pleasure to celebrate the best of Gainesville business and provide recognition to the companies that best demonstrate what we are building here in our region,” said Mitch Glaeser, Chair of the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors. “Our local businesses and their innovative practices are what make our community more competitive, more advanced, and more attractive to companies and talent, than anywhere else in the world.”
The full list of award winners were:
Infinite Energy – Best Overall Large Business (25+ employees)
PeerFly – Best Overall Small Business (less than 25 employees)
RTI Surgical – Best Business Expansion
Mindtree – Best International Business
Mobiquity – Best New Business
Peaceful Paths – Best Non-Profit
neutral7 design group – Best Minority-Owned Business
ProActive Tax & Accounting – Leading Women’s Enterprise