Honoring the best in our business community.

2021 Event Held In Person On August 31st, 8-9:30AM
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The Distinguished Service Awards honors those who have made meaningful contributions to help Veterans succeed. 

The Distinguished Service Awards are dedicated to honoring successful veteran-owned businesses in the Greater Washington business community that have demonstrated strong business performance and who have made meaningful contributions to help Veterans succeed. The awards are presented to individuals, companies, and non-profit organizations in recognition of community stewardship and business leadership. The awards will be given out in the following categories: Veteran-Owned Business of the Year, Veteran Service Organization of the Year, and Veteran Employee of the Year.

TIME: August 31st, 8-9:30 AM

LOCATION: Army Navy Country Club, 1700 Army Navy Drive Arlington, VA 22202

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Veteran-Owned Business of the Year

Honoring successful veteran-owned businesses in the National Capital Region that have demonstrated strong business performance.
Awards are given for: 

Emerging Business (<5 years in business)
Maturing Business (between 5 & 10 years in business)
Established Business (>10 years in business)

2020 Veteran-Owned Business – Emerging Business – Less than Five Years 

  • WINNER: Echo Five Group 
  • Amore ConGelato 
  • Driver Rehabilitation Center of Excellence, LLC 
  • Fenix Group, Inc 
  • IT Depot LLC 

2020 Veteran-Owned Business - Maturing (5-10 Years in Business) 

  • WINNER: IT Veterans 
  • Blake Willson Group, LLC 
  • DTS 
  • FedBiz IT Solutions 
  • GCubed Enterprises, Inc. 

2020 Veteran-Owned Business - Established (More than 10 Years in Business) 

  • WINNER: HigherEchelon, Inc. 
  • AllTransPack, Inc. 
  • OBXtek Inc. 
  • Three Wire Systems, LLC 

Veteran Employee of the Year

Honoring a Veteran employee (not an equity holder in the business) who has made a meaningful impact to their company and/or the community in support and service of Veterans and/or Veteran families in the National Capital Region.

2020 Veteran Employee of the Year

  • WINNER: Bonnie Tavolazzi, Echo Five Group, Senior Strategic Advisor 
  • Jeff Kinman, Boulder Crest Foundation, Program and Research Analyst 
  • Charles Miles, PenFed Credit Union, Director, Military & College Employment Programs 
  • Ron Moody, Accenture Federal, Chief Medical Officer 

Veteran Service Organization of the Year

Honoring a non-profit organization that has had an exemplary impact in service to Veterans, their families, and/or Veteran-Owned businesses in the National Capital Region.

2020 Veteran Service Organization of the Year

  • WINNER: Boulder Crest Foundation 
  • American Legion Post 176 
  • Association of the US Army / George-Washington Chapter 
  • Easterseals 
  • PenFed Foundation 

Distinguished Service Stories

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Some cool quote from a past winner or nominee. Something about the Distinguished Service Awards or why the Chamber's super cool for hosting these awards.

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Who will be named the 2021 Innovator of the Year?

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Applications are open for 2021’s Mid-Atlantic Innovation Celebration! Submit your video application by March 15th to be eligible for the Region’s zaniest event showcasing great minds and business creativity. NOVA Chamber membership is not required to apply or win.

How will you know if your business is an Innovator? In our eyes, “innovators" can be almost anything, from cutting-edge products that solve business needs to creative shifts that improved your company’s employee morale… And anything in between! We’re looking for any and all innovations that have made a positive business impact. It’s up to you to show us what that looks like and why it should be celebrated. 

The Greater Mid-Atlantic Innovation Celebration is brought to you by:

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: When/where will the awards be presented?
A: The Distinguished Service Awards will be presented on at the Army Navy Country Club, August 31, 2021, from 8:00 to 9:30 am
Q: Can I get a free / discounted ticket to attend the event?
A: Members of the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce (and their employees) may register at the member rate, which is $60 per person.
Q: What are the registration fees for the event?
A: The member rate is $60 per person and the nonmember rate is $75 per person. Tables for 10 are also available for purchase at $600 for members or $750 for nonmembers.