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BEST IN

BUSINESS

AWARDS

Presented by Burke & Herbert Bank

Join the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce for a celebration of the best in business, honoring a Business Leader of the Year and companies in various categories of competition. This is our version of the Oscars as we roll out the red carpet and share the stories behind the success of Alexandria businesses. Judging is competitive and winning is a tremendous honor.

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AWARDS APPLICATION

Members of the The Chamber ALX, who have not won an award in the last 5 years, are eligible to apply. View the application for additional eligibility criteria and list of categories

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DETAILS

Wednesday,

October 20, 2021

Westin Alexandria Old Town

(400 Courthouse Square, Alexandria, VA 22314)

Member Ticket

$125

Prospective Member Ticket

$150

Group Tickets Available

EVENT INFORMATION

Business Leader of the Year – Scott Shaw

The Chamber is excited to announce Scott Shaw as the 2021 Business Leader of the Year. Shaw’s contributions to the Alexandria community as a developer, business owner, and philanthropist are extensive. He has devoted his career to restaurant entrepreneurship and business innovation. For the past 6 years, he has served as a Partner of Alexandria Restaurant Partners (ARP). ARP operates nine full-service restaurants, including Vola’s Dockside Grill and Hi-Tide Lounge, The Majestic, Joe Theismann’s Restaurant, Mia’s Italian Kitchen, and Palette 22. This year, ARP opened new waterfront dining options; BARCA and Ada’s on the River. Both of which have revitalized Robinson Landing. 

Outside of the restaurant industry, Shaw established Founders Hall, an adaptive redevelopment of a former warehouse space on Lee Street. He is a co-founder and partner of ALX Community, a co-working space that fosters collaboration and networking amongst its members. ALX Community opened its doors in 2018 and now operates a location on the Waterfront and will open a new space in the Atrium building this fall. Shaw is also the Co-Founder of Art of Eloping, a media company delivering content on small weddings and elopements.

He has served in many community capacities, most notably as Chair of the Alexandria Economic Development Partnership (AEDP). AEDP is a public private partnership that promotes the City of Alexandria as a premiere location for businesses of all sizes, entrepreneurs, nonprofits, and cutting-edge institutions of science and learning. As Chair of the Board, Shaw guides the organization through creation of strategic plans, overseeing the development of the annual budget, and achieving its mission and goals. Shaw also served as Advisor of the 116 King Street project, a pop-up retail store for digital clothing and lifecycle brands with AEDP. He served on the City Marketing Fund for four years and is a current board member of both the Old Town Business Association and Alexandria Seaport Foundation.

In 2017, Shaw founded the Tall Ship Providence Foundation, which is dedicated to preserving Alexandria’s rich maritime history through educational programs and entertainment. Through his work, Alexandria is now home to Northern Virginia’s only tall ship. Alexandrians and visitors can set sail on the Potomac and learn about the 1769 replica ship.

Scott and his wife Camille live in Alexandria, where they have raised two daughters Isabel and Audrey.

Best in Business Finalists

Small Business of the Year

Alexandria Children’s Dentistry

Curcio Law

fibre space

Mas Seafood

The Jen Walker Team

The Patterson Group

Alexandria Children’s Dentistry

Curcio Law

fibre space

Mas Seafood

The Jen Walker Team

The Patterson Group

Medium Business of the Year Finalists

Building Momentum

Chadwicks

Marks-Woods Construction Services

McLaughlin Ryder Investment, Inc.

Your Dog’s Best Friends

Building Momentum

Chadwicks

Marks-Woods Construction Services

McLaughlin Ryder Investment, Inc.

Your Dog’s Best Friends

Large Business of the Year

Jack Taylor’s Alexandria Toyota

Homegrown Restaurant Group

KWC Certified Public Accountants

Sikich LLP

Walsh, Colucci, Lubeley & Walsh

Jack Taylor’s Alexandria Toyota

Homegrown Restaurant Group

KWC Certified Public Accountants

Sikich LLP

Walsh, Colucci, Lubeley & Walsh

Rising Star Business of the Year

Barkhaus

NerdstoGo

Pawsh Dog Wash

Barkhaus

NerdstoGo

Pawsh Dog Wash

Nonprofit & Association of the Year

ACT for Alexandria

Alexandria Housing Development Corporation

ALIVE!

Casa Chirilagua

Friends of Guest House

Goodwin House

Senior Services of Alexandria

ACT for Alexandria

Alexandria Housing Development Corporation

ALIVE!

Casa Chirilagua

Friends of Guest House

Goodwin House

Senior Services of Alexandria

Agenda

6PM – Registration Opens

6:30PM – Awards Ceremony Begins

7:30PM – Reception Begins

9PM – Event Concludes

Feature Your Business

Interested in attaching your brand to this event? Reach out to Lovie Patish at Lpatish@thechamberalx.com for more information.

Thank you to our sponsor Burke & Herbert Bank.

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