For their exceptional leadership, ingenuity and positive impact on the region, eight companies and two individuals have been selected by The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia as winners of the 2017 Excellence Awards. The winners represent small to mid-size businesses in one of 10 industries or categories.

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“Each of this year’s recipients models how organizations can make a difference, contribute to the region’s economy and be outstanding leaders in their respective fields,” said Chamber President and CEO Rob Wonderling. “The Chamber is proud to honor their hard work, innovation and creativity through the Excellence Awards.”

Nominated by their peers throughout the 11-county region, the award winners are:

Customer Service Excellence of the Year:

The Home Hero

Family-Owned Business of the Year:

Rhoads Industries

Manufacturer of the Year:

Fiber Line

Non-Profit Organization of the Year:

Career Wardrobe

Professional Services Excellence of the Year:

J2 Design

ImpactPHL Award

Message Agency

Small Business Person of the Year:

LeRoy Jones, GSI Health

Workplace Vitality Award

Navigate Corporation

Technological Excellence of the Year:


Young Entrepreneur of the Year:

Nick Bayer, Saxbys Coffee

This year’s awardees join the ranks of many notable past winners.

The event celebrating the 34th Annual Excellence Award winners will be held on Thursday evening, November 17, 2016, at the Hilton Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing in Philadelphia and will feature a networking dinner reception with food stations, passed hors d’oeuvres and open seating with opportunities to meet business owners, executives, and civic leaders.  For more information visit

About the Excellence Awards

In 1982, the Chamber created the program known today as the Excellence Awards, Honoring Regional Businesses. The awards showcase the impact and vital role that small to mid-size businesses play in the overall economic development of the Greater Philadelphia region. Award winners set themselves apart from the competition and are outstanding representatives of the diversity of our region’s business community.

Each year, businesses are recognized for their creativity, vitality, stability and relevance. Winners are nominated by their regional business peers based on their demonstrated commitment to the advancement of the business community. Equally important in selecting winners are civic involvement and responsiveness, corporate responsibility, employee recognition and concerns regarding service issues.

Over the years, the scope of the Excellence Awards has grown with the help of the Small Business Board. The Small Business Board has created new initiatives and categories, increased involvement in the nomination process, and established criteria for measuring and defining excellence.