The Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce announced the 45 award recipients of its 2014 Small Business Incentive Program at the recent Regional Chamber’s Business Expo Network Tri-Cities luncheon.
For a fourth consecutive year, Washington River Protectoin Solutions and the Regional Chamber partnered to support and strengthen local small businesses by awarding $30,000 toward websites, software, training and/or equipment through the Small Business Incentive Program. “Washington River Protection Solutions believes it’s important to strengthen the small businesses in the Tri-Cities area,” said Melissa Garrard, senior procurement specialist at WRPS. “We are pleased to support our local economy through this program.”
“It’s a great pleasure and honor to be a part of such an outstanding organization like the Tri-City Regional Chamber,” stated Laura Juteau, director of property management at Tri-Cities Property Management. “The support we receive and relationships that we have formed with the Tri-City Regional Chamber have directly impacted our success and growth since we opened our doors three years ago.”
Regional Chamber members meeting the eligibility criteria had the opportunity to apply for the program during July and August. Applicants were encouraged to "think outside the box" when thinking of items their businesses needed to succeed. Carrie Smith, owner of Fit for Me, applied for and was awarded a new heart defibrillator, an essential component for any fitness center.
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"I am so grateful for this amazing resource for my growing business,” stated Smith. “The Small Business Incentive Program has helped strengthen my business and my piece of mind.”
The 2014 Small Business Incentive Program recipients are: American Family Insurance, Armor Performance Coating, Basin Pacific Insurance, Benefit Partners Unlimited, BrandCraft Media, Breshears Photography, Castle Event Catering, CNT Consulting, Cupcakes Bakery and Deli, DermaCare of Tri-Cities, Fellas Hair, Fit For Me, Frichette Winery, Fun Flanagans, Geiger Travels, Gravis Group, Growing Forward Services, Inline Computer and Communications, Jeff's Lawn Care, Just Roses, Kelley's Tele-Communications, Kennewick Flower Shop, Loftics LLC, Matheson Chiropractic and Wellness Center, Mezzo Thai Fusion, Monteith Insurance, PixelSoft Films, PorterKinney PC, Project Management Skills, Secret Print Source, Senior Benefit Solutions, ServePro of Tri-Cities West, Smooth Moves, Stemp Screenprinting, Szen Corp., Talos Engineering, Teknologize, The Butchers' Grill, The Glass Punty, The Speech Pathology Learning Center, Tri-Cities Property Management, Tri-City Industrial, Walker Heye Meehan and Eisinger, and WinSome, Inc.