Each year, Chesterfield County honors local companies that contribute to the county’s economy and its citizens through the annual First Choice Business Awards, according to a county press release. This year’s winners were announced at the annual Celebrate Chesterfield Business! event on May 19.
The intent is to recognize businesses that consistently contribute to the community by giving back to residents through community service; create and deliver products or services that are innovative to their customers; are leaders in valuing their employees; and uphold the principles and standards of ethical business practices, the release says.
Alliance Engineering, Inc. won the Innovation Impact Award. Their new initiative, Alliance Biosciences, allows for their team to collaborate on multi-discipline projects in a diverse field in the combating of infectious disease, the release says.
Flagstop Corporation was the winner of the Employee Impact Award. Flagstop sets high standards for its employees and they rise to occasion; the team provides exceptional customer service, the release says. Employees are rewarded with bonuses, profit sharing and top quality training and professional development opportunities, it says.
The Environmental Stewardship Award is new this year and is designed to recognize a business that has successfully displayed its efforts in being a responsible protector of the environment, the release says. This year’s winner, Southern RV, held environmental education clinics with over 470 attendees, and has an aggressive recycling program for oil, batteries and paper, it says.
The 2010 First Choice Business of the Year was awarded to Village Bank. Village Bank has been a leader in the county for several years, and is celebrating its 10th year serving Chesterfield County and the metropolitan Richmond area, the release says.
Village Bank President and CEO Tom Winfree is a founding member of the Families of the Wounded Fund, the release says. Village Bank also sponsors an annual Charity Golf Tournament that benefits several local charities, including Connor’s Heroes and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
In this past year of economic turmoil, Village Bank has not only overcome adversity, but actually shown marked growth, adding investment services and a mortgage subsidiary to its portfolio of services, the release says.