Sandra Cepeda was a double-winner at the 35th annual Huntsville/Madison County Chamber Small Business Awards.
Actually, she was a double co-winner.
Cepeda and Kimberly Lewis were named the winners of the top honor – the Russell G. Brown Executive Leadership Award. Cepeda heads Cepeda Systems & Software Analysis and Lewis is the CEO of ProjectXYZ.
Cepeda’s company was named a co-winner with Sentar for Government Contracting – Professional Services Business of the Year.
The annual celebration was held virtually this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We are so proud of all of our small businesses,” said Pammie Jimmar, the Chamber’s Vice President of Small Business & Events. “It has been a very tough year for so many of them, and we hope this event gives them a boost to let them know we love and support them, and we value what they bring to our community.”
Below are the categories and the winners.
- Young Professional of the Year: Bekah Schmidt, South Huntsville Main Business Association
- Nonprofit of the Year: Huntsville Ballet
- Professional Services Business of the Year: New Beginnings Family Law, P.C.
- Culinary Business of the Year: Mango’s Caribbean Cookhouse
- Emerging Business of the Year: MaDonni Beauty
- Government Contracting – Professional Services Business of the Year: TIE – Cepeda Systems & Software Analysis and Sentar, Inc.
- Government Contracting – Technology Business of the Year: Signalink, Inc.
- Technology Business of the Year: SimTech
- Service Business of the Year: 47E
- Retailer of the Year: Redline Steel
- Local “Creative” of the Year: Party Life, LLC
- Medical Practice of the Year: Focus Physiotherapy Huntsville
- Woman-Owned Business of the Year: Troy 7
- Russell G. Brown Executive Leadership Award: TIE – Sandra Cepeda, Cepeda Systems & Software Analysis and Kimberly Lewis, PROJECTXYZ, Inc.
- People’s Choice Award: Active8 Communications
This year’s judging was completed by chambers from various locations around the United States, including the Greater Dalton Chamber of Commerce; Greater Summerville/Dorchester County Chamber of Commerce; Terrell, Texas, Chamber of Commerce & Convention & Visitors Bureau; and the Community Development Foundation – Chamber of Commerce in Tupelo, Miss.