Gaston Regional Chamber

2019 Small Business Awards & Gala

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Name: 2019 Small Business Awards & Gala
Date: May 21, 2019
Time: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM EDT
Registration: Sorry, public registration for this event has been closed.
Event Description:

Join the Gaston Regional Chamber for the 12th annual Small Business Awards & Gala. This event will celebrate the achievements of businesses in our community.

2019 Small Business Award Honorees

The Vision Entrepreneur Award
Sponsored by PNC Bank

The Inspiration Small Business Person Award
Sponsored by GSM Services
Pam Dismukes Smith, Poffie Girls

The Champion Small Business of the Year Award
Sponsored by Carolina Trust Bank
Custom Building Systems

The Young Entrepreneur Award
Sponsored by Gastonia Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram
Kweli Meadows, North Gaston High School

Keynote Speaker - Chris Elmore

Called a “Startup Hero” by North Carolina Business Magazine and a maverick and mold breaker by SouthPark Magazine, Chris Elmore has written 8 books, is a Gaston College Graduate and is a Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at UNC – Charlotte and Queens University of Charlotte.


Chris serves on the board of four startups and as a strategic advisor to Kingsmen Software Products and travels the country speaking on the topics of startup success, innovation, entrepreneurship, sales, technology, blockchain and automation.


Chris started AvidXchange in 2000. AvidXchange, a business unicorn with a $1.4 billion value and is the 9th largest fintech company in the country with 1400+ employee.


Chris lives in Lake Wylie SC, where business, 4 kids and a wife keep him very busy.


You can learn more about Chris Elmore’s books, presentations and can read his blog at

Event Sponsors:
The Gaston Country Club
3700 Country Club Drive
Gastonia, NC  28056
Date/Time Information:
Tuesday May 21st
6:00 PM
Contact Information:
Julie Bowen
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