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  • Industry Appreciation & Awards Ceremony 2023

    Thursday October 26, 2023

    8:30AM to 11:00AM

    Held at The Richardson Center at IRSC Mueller Campus located at 6155 College Ln. Vero Beach, FL 32966

    $50 per person / Reservations must be made in advance.


    Join us for the Annual Industry Appreciation Awards Breakfast!

    We are honored to recognize our local businesses for all they do in our community - either through stunning architectural enhancements, or their generous contributions within our community and positive work environment. 

    The Industry Appreciation Awards program is one of the Chamber's signature events, held annually to recognize local businesses for what they contribute to our community, either through architectural enhancements, success within their industry, and/or their community involvement.  This program is one of the many activities within our Business Retention/Expansion initiatives. 


    We recognize local businesses in a variety of categories, as listed below with a brief explanation.

    Our ARCHITECTURAL RECOGNITION awards recognize projects that are not only aesthetically pleasing but also improve the area in which they are located.  It may be a single building or could comprise multiple buildings - retail, commercial, or industrial.

    Architectural Recognition/New Construction - Primarily consider the exterior of the  building(s), with recognition given to extraordinary interior design work and structural design that goes above and beyond what is required by local government; the Certificate of Occupancy must be issued between 8/1/2021 and 8/1/2022.  New buildings constructed for non-profits and governmental entities are also eligible.

    Architectural Recognition/Renovation or Restoration - Similar considerations as new construction, but focusing on historical restoration or renovation, or giving an older facility a much-needed "face lift" or even the re-use of an existing structure; Certificate of Completion must be issued between 8/1/2021 and 8/1/2022; you'll also need to include before/after photos with your nomination.


    Our ". . . OF THE YEAR" Awards recognize companies that are successful within their industry, provide a positive work environment, and give back to our community:

    Manufacturer of the Year - Excel within your industry, export products out of the region/state/country and provide a positive work environment.

    Entrepreneur of the Year - Must be in business 5 years or less, demonstrate the ability to overcome obstacles in starting your venture and relay your level of community involvement.

    Minority Business of the Year - At least 51% owned by a person (or persons) who is members of a particular racial, ethnic, or gender makeup or national origin, as defined by Florida Statute.  Work environment, success within your industry, and community involvement are all considered.

    Veteran-Owned Business of the Year - Honoring a local Veteran who is also a successful business owner in Indian River County.  Additional criteria is similar as our Company of the Year award, below.

    Company of the Year - Small, mid-size and large business within any industry; work environment, success within your industry, and community involvement are all considered.


    If you see a construction or renovation project in Indian River County or know of a company deserving recognition - maybe your own - please call or email Helene Caseltine at 772-567-3491 or helenec@indianrivered.com

    This is an annual program, and we encourage you to consider submitting a nomination for the upcoming program year!