As the Tar Heels get ready for the Final Four, the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce announces the finalists for the 2017 Business Excellence Awards (the BEAs).  The finalists have been chosen from more than 50 nominations by a selection committee of local business and community leaders from diverse industries and experiences. The winners will be recognized at the awards ceremony, 6:30-9 p.m., Friday, May 19.

The finalists for the 2017 Business Excellence Awards are:

Micro-Enterprise Business of the Year presented by Coastal Credit Union

  • AndiSites Inc.
  • Triangle Acupuncture Clinic

Mid-Size Business of the Year

  • Bold Construction
  • Coleman Huntoon & Brown
  • Green Beagle Lodge
  • Sofia’s Boutique

 Large Business of the Year

  • Kalisher
  • Performance Automall
  • TSI Healthcare

 University Born Business of the Year

  • MedServe
  • Musical Empowerment
  • PHE, Inc.

 New Business of the Year

  • The Baxter
  • Morinaga America Foods
  • YouthWorx on Main

 Non-Profit of the Year

  • Extraordinary Ventures
  • Habitat for Humanity of Orange County
  • Inter-Faith Council for Social Service

 Innovation Award

  • Musical Empowerment
  • RelyMD
  • University Place

 Community Impact Award

  • Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership
  • SKJAJA Fund
  • Strowd Roses, Inc.

Business Woman of the Year

  • Jan Bolick
  • Pam Herndon
  • Barbara Jessie-Black 

CHYP Young Professional of the Year

  • Alex Mayfield
  • Antonio McBroom
  • Bret Oliverio

The Business Excellence Awards are sponsored by Wells Fargo, Europa Center, Coastal Credit Union, Gates Management & Realty/Interiors by Vickie McDaniel, Al’s Burger Shack, The Pocket PhD, and WCHL and

Tickets to the BEAs include a cocktail reception, award ceremony, transportation and entry to the after-party at The Strowd. For tickets or more information, visit or contact Chela Tu at (919) 357-9990.

 For photos of the 2016 Business Excellence Awards, visit the Chamber’s Flickr account at  and please credit Donn Young.

 The Chapel Hill-Carrboro (NC) Chamber of Commerce is a business leadership organization serving the greater Chapel Hill, NC community.  The Chamber serves and supports the business interests of its more than 1,200 members and helps create a sustainable community where they can thrive.