Annual Seaside Soirée Business Awards

  Seaside Sioree

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 Seaside Soirée, 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 Seaside Soirée. 

The 2024 Seaside Soirée will be held on Thursday, March 21st. 

Sponsorship and ticket details will be made available soon.

2024 Business Award Nominations can be found below, and all nominations are due Thursday, February 22nd

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.

2024: Nominate a business for Small Business of the Year 

2023: Roca Roja Cantina

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.

2024: Nominate a business for Mid-Size Business of the Year

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.

2024: Nominate a business for Large Business of the Year

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.

2024: Nominate a business for New Business of the Year

2023: Dagwood's Deli & Sports Bar - North Myrtle Beach

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.

2024: Nominate a business for Non-Profit of the Year

2023: Waccamaw Community Foundation

2022: Sea Haven, Inc

2021: Humane Society of NMB

2019: Bold & Beautiful Wigs for Cancer 

2018: North Strand Optimist Club 

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.

2024: Nominate a business for the Impact Award for Excellence in Customer Service

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.

2024: Nominate a business for the Catalyst Award For Outstanding Community Service

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.

2024: Nominate an individual for the Rising Star Award

2022: Corey Richardson - Carolina Property Specialist

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 individual 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.

2023: Harold Worley - Ocean Drive Beach & Golf Resort

2022: 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. This award is voted upon solely by the Destination NMB Ambassadors. If you are interested in becoming an ambassador for Destination NMB, contact Nick Falcone at nfalcone@destinationnmb.com.

2023: Bailey Johnson - Monarch Roofing

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

Valor Award

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. These awards are selected by the respective Public Safety Departments of North Myrtle Beach.

2023: Officer Wesley Foushee-Pugh, NMB Police

          Engineer Andy Hamer, NMB Fire Rescue

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