Annual Business Awards Gala
Each year Destination North Myrtle Beach honors businesses through a variety of award categories. The categories range from small to large business of the year, outstanding customer service, community service contributions, and individual awards to leadership. Leading up to the Gala, nominations are accepted and a panel of judges will select three finalists for each category. Finalists are announced and the honorees will be announced during the Business Awards Gala.
The 2023 Business Awards Gala will be held on Thursday, March 30th.
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2023 Business Award Nominations can be found below, and all nominations are due Wednesday, March 1.
Please submit your nominations to Cheryl Kilday, President & CEO, at ckilday@destinationNMB.com
Small Business of the Year Award
Awarded to an investor/partner of Destination North Myrtle Beach, with fewer than 50 employees and not part of a franchise, for their demonstrated growth in our community workforce and revenue. The honoree will have demonstrated its ability to thrive in the community and contributes their time and resources to make North Myrtle Beach a great place to work, live, and visit.
2022: Ella's Ice Cream
2021: Daniello's Pizzerio & Pub
2020: Callie Wise - State Farm Insurance Agent
2019: Wholesale Flooring Company
2018: Sea -Server LLC.
Mid-Size Business of the Year
Awarded to an investor/partner of Destination North Myrtle Beach, with 51-200 employees and may be part of a franchise, for their demonstrated significant presence in the North Myrtle Beach community. The honoree should be recognized locally and regionally by their respective business sector, while demonstrating leadership in their sector. Honorees should provide leadership in local boards and commissions, contributing their time and resources to make North Myrtle Beach a great place to work, live, and visit.
2022: Barefoot Landing
2021: Ripley's Aquarium of Myrtle Beach
Large Business of the Year
Awarded to an investor/partner of Destination North Myrtle Beach, with 201+ employees and may be a part of a franchise, for their demonstrated significant presence in the North Myrtle Beach community. They should be headquartered in the community, or with a significant presence in North Myrtle Beach. Nominees will have shown remarkable growth and stability and be recognized locally and regionally by their respective business sector, while also demonstrating leadership in their sector. Honorees should provide leadership in local boards and commissions, contributing their time and resources to make North Myrtle Beach a great place to work, live, and visit.
2021: McLeod Health
2020: 810 Billiards & Bowling - North Myrtle Beach
2019: Lucy Buffet's Lulu's
2018: J&J Air
New Business of the Year
Awarded to the new business and Destination North Myrtle Beach investor/partner that has demonstrated success within the first 12 months of opening their business in North Myrtle Beach. Nominees should have built a reputation for quality products or services as well as customer service and began by actively participating in the community.
2022 Wine Therapy
2021: Mobile Urgent Care
2020: Ella's Ice Cream
2018: Melt Ice Cream
Non-Profit Of The Year
Awarded to a 501(c)3 charitable organization and Destination North Myrtle Beach investor/partner for its community outreach and excellence in fundraising to improve the quality of life of North Myrtle Beach and/or assist a specific group to fulfill specific needs. Nominees will demonstrate a clear impact on the lives of people in North Myrtle Beach. The honoree is an investor/partner of Destination North Myrtle Beach.
2022: Sea Haven, Inc.
2021: Humane Society of NMB
2019: Bold & Beautiful Wigs for Cancer
Impact Award for Excellence in Customer Service
Awarded to an investor/partner of Destination North Myrtle Beach for the impact of their customer services. Nominees will demonstrate customer reviews and overall ratings that show they are impacting the reputation of the greater community by taking care of their customers. Honorees will have testimonials about the experience they had with the said business.
2023: Nominate a business for the Impact Award for Excellence in Customer Service
2022: Jamesha Gore-Coggin - State Farm
2021: Freedom Boat Club
2020: Sand Dollarz
2019: Chick-fil-a North Myrtle Beach
2018: McLeod Health
Catalyst Award For Outstanding Community Service
Awarded to an investor/partner of Destination North Myrtle Beach for outstanding community service. The nominee will demonstrate the multiple opportunities to serve the community which are made accessible and celebrated throughout their organization. This includes leadership in local clubs, boards, and commissions. The Honoree will have demonstrated their involvement in addressing an issue, challenge, or opportunity to make North Myrtle Beach a better place to live, work, and visit.
2023: Nominate a business for the Catalyst Award For Outstanding Community Service
2022: Callie Wise-State Farm
2021: Chick-fil-a North Myrtle Beach
2020: Humane Society of North Myrtle Beach
2019: Myrtle Beach Pelicans
2018: Tidelands Health
Rising Star Award
The Rising Star is someone who works for an investor/partner of Destination North Myrtle Beach as an employee, manager, and/or owner who is 40 years or younger. The nominee will have demonstrated an ability to contribute their time and talents to their business sector and the community.
2022: Alex Husner- Condo World
2021: Alexia Edge- Ripley's Aquarium Myrtle Beach
2019: Benjamin Clyburn- Condo World
Senator Dick Elliott Excellence in Leadership Award
The Senator Dick Elliott Excellence in Leadership Award is in the name of Dick Elliot, an individual and community leader who epitomized what it means to be a leader, for his family, for his community, and for a lifetime of exceptional dedicated service to the city of North Myrtle Beach and the State of South Carolina.
Dick Elliott always met the challenges life had in store. For over three decades, whether as a businessman, councilman, state representative, or state senator, Dick Elliott served the people of South Carolina with honor and dignity. He left an indelible mark on our community and state. Few have reached the level of personal and professional success that Dick Elliott has achieved during his lifetime.
Dick Elliott was a dedicated husband, father, businessman, and public servant driven to making this community and state a better place.
Each year, the Senator Dick Elliott Excellence in Leadership Award will be presented to the induvial who best exemplifies the leadership qualities, character, and dedication to selfless service that Dick Elliott epitomized during his life. As has been the custom of the chamber, the board chair selects this award recipient.
2022: Mr. Rayford Vereen
*Previously titled NMB Chairman's Award*
2021: Jeri McCumbee- MedCare Urgent Care
2019: Mendel Bell - Touch MedSpa
2018: Ricky Martin - Martin Heat and Air
Ambassador of the Year
This individual exemplifies the characteristics sought for all Ambassadors; enthusiasm, sincerity, and the ability to represent our organization and community on a peer-to-peer basis.
2022: Barbara Tilton - Liberty Tax
2021: Mark Lane-Sand Dollars
2020: Tami Lee-Liberty Tax
2019: Mark Lane-Sand Dollars
2018: Michelle Mate-Sea Server
The Valor Award will be presented to an individual for acts of valor demonstrated over the past year. Nominees will describe how the individual faced an emergency, provided strength, compassion, and bravery to help someone in danger.
2022: Officer Ian Vaughn, NMB Police
Firefighter Kevin Polich, NMB Fire Rescue
2021: Sgt. Gordon Best, NMB Police
Lt. Nathan Marker, NMB Fire Rescue
2020: Jason Whedon, NMB Fire Rescue
2019: Officer Brandon Beaudoin of the North Myrtle Beach Police Department