Maryland Chamber Announces Business Breakthrough Award Winners

Aberdeen, MD (May 29, 2014) – The Maryland Chamber of Commerce today presented its 2014 Business Breakthrough Awards during a luncheon at Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen, MD. The awards program is designed to recognize Maryland businesses for breakthrough performance, innovation and growth.

“Small businesses are the heartbeat of Maryland’s economy. They take risks, solve problems, drive innovation and create jobs. Today, we’re pleased to recognize a few of Maryland’s breakthrough businesses,” said Maryland Chamber President/CEO Kathleen T. Snyder, CCE. 

This year’s winners are:

Business Breakthrough Award – 1-10 Employees

Brotman Financial Group, Inc. is an independent financial services firm whose team of Certified Financial Planner professionals provides individuals, small businesses and families with investment, retirement, estate, insurance and business planning. The firm has grown steadily in sales, profit and customers since its founding in 2003, but has experienced breakthrough growth during the last 18 months. During that time the firm doubled its office space, nearly doubled its staff and has seen profits grow 319 percent. 

Business Breakthrough Award – 11-50 Employees – Tie

The Daily Dish – A Restaurant & Catering Company is a successful, thriving business that focuses on sustainable, local, seasonal, farm-fresh food. Despite early struggles, the owners focused the company on an innovative farm-to-fork approach and maintained a strong commitment to quality, customer service, community support and treating their employees well. As a result of this approach, by the end of 2013 the company had developed a loyal customer base and increased sales by more than 50 percent. 

WellAdvantage is a pioneer in the corporate wellness industry. What started at the kitchen table of a Carroll County nurse is now a homegrown Maryland success story, employing more then 45 Marylanders who help corporate clients across the country improve the health and well-being of their employees. The company achieved an increase in sales revenue in 2013 of 235 percent over 2012 sales revenue. WellAdvantage has achieved success through a blend of innovative services, outstanding employee relationships and dedicated community service.    

Business Breakthrough Award – 51-200 Employees

Jiffy Mart & Tevis Motor Fuel is a chain of four convenience stores and service stations in Carroll County. Operating in a very competitive market, the company has differentiated itself thanks to the innovation and creativity of its managers and employees. Jiffy Mart’s focus on community support and customer experience has helped it attract a loyal customer base. Fiscal year 2013 was a profitable year for the company and its associates, and it was a breakthrough year for its customers and community. The company has partnered with many charities, raising more than $23,000, surpassing last year’s philanthropic milestones.  

Business Breakthrough Award – 200+ Employees

Crockett Facilities Services, Inc. provides facilities management, operations and maintenance and HVAC services to government and commercial clients. The company has experienced significant growth since its inception, increasing both government and commercial sales. The company has achieved this growth thanks to a strong focus on superior customer service and a creative approach to marketing. The company is also very active in the community, supporting numerous organizations with contributions and volunteer hours. 

Business Breakthrough Large Employer Partner in Business

The Plamondon Companies was founded in 1980 and consists of two divisions. The first is Plamondon Hospitality Partners, which owns and operates six Marriott branded hotels in Maryland. The second, Plamondon Enterprises, Inc., owns and operates 22 corporate Roy Rogers restaurants. Both divisions  are dedicated to using local small business vendors in many areas, including landscaping, maintenance, snow removal, employee benefits and more. In addition, each of the hotels has a small market place where guests can purchase snacks and refreshments. The markets are stocked with locally produced products like McCutceon’s Apple Products, Catoctin Popcorn and Flying Dog beers. 

In 2001, the Maryland Chamber of Commerce, along with its local chamber and association partners, established a new program to recognize the excellence in innovation, growth and entrepreneurial spirit of Maryland’s small businesses. Renamed the Maryland Business Breakthrough Awards in 2013, the recognition is presented based on company size, growth and innovation, competitiveness in the market and contributions to the community. Judging for the awards is done by representatives of Maryland’s business media.

Previous winners include Advance Business Systems, Chesapeake Testing, Correct RX Pharmacy Services, Global Design Interactive, Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake, Choptank Transport, Miller’s Minuteman Press, Murthy Law Firm and many more.

About the Maryland Chamber

The Maryland Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit coalition of 750 businesses who employ more than 442,000 people in the state. Its mission is to support its members and advance the State of Maryland as a national and global competitive leader in economic growth and private sector job creation. For more information about the Chamber, visit its website, www.mdchamber.org or call (410) 269-0642 or (301) 261-2858.

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