In the second year of the competition, 88 main-street businesses from across the Commonwealth of Virginia shared their stories of perseverance and commitment to community. Fourteen finalists were selected based on their demonstrated success.
Gregory B. Fairchild noted that “We at the Darden School of Business are pleased to learn about these incredible companies and their leaders and be able to share their stories with the Commonwealth. Their growth rates are substantial and impressive, with an average annual profit growth rate of 189% and employment growth rate of 54% from 2005 through 2008.” Read the press release about these 14 firms.
Château Morrisette, Floyd
MountainRose Vineyards, Wise (WINNER)
Blue Crab Bay Co./ Bay Beyond Inc., Melfa (CHAIRMAN’S AWARD WINNER)
L&R Precision Tooling, Inc., Lynchburg
Lindstrand USA, South Boston (WINNER)
Thomas A. Johnson Furniture Company, Inc., Lynchburg
A Bowl of Good Café, Harrisonburg
Blue Talon Bistro, Williamsburg
Office Plus Business Centre, Danville
Todos Super Market, Woodbridge (WINNER)
Astyra Corporation, Richmond
GearClean, Inc., Winchester
Highground Services, Inc., Franklin (WINNER)
Southwest Virginia Veterinary Services, Lebanon