MERRITT ISLAND, FL – The Business Champion of the Year Event Committee of the Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce presented its Business Champion of the Year Awards to five area companies at its 30th Annual Awards Ceremony on Friday, Sept. 14, at the Holiday Inn Melbourne-Viera Conference Center.

The winners are:

Start-Up Business Champion:  Bula Kava Bar & Coffee House;

Small Business Champion:  Rock Paper Simple;

Medium Business Champion:  Wild Ocean Market;

Large Business Champion:  Victory Casino Cruises;

Non-Profit Business Champion:  Keep Brevard Beautiful

Over 200 chamber partners, their families and friends regaled in the event’s theme, Celebrating Success. Emcee of the evening was Eric Wright, President at Space Coast Business. The keynote speaker was Brevard County Sheriff, Wayne Ivey.

All nominees for the awards were recognized.  Representatives of the banquet’s major sponsors made presentations to the winners.

“It took a lot of hard work by several dedicated people to not only organize the awards ceremony, but to compile the nominations, evaluate the entries and make the difficult determination as to which companies would receive the honor of ‘Business Champion of the Year,’” said Joseph Janson, Business Champion of the Year Event Committee Chair. “In light of the outstanding organizations that were nominated, choosing only one per category was not easy for our judges; they were all winners.”

The title sponsor of the event was the Viera Company. Additional sponsors were: Florida Today, Florida Institute of Technology, Hometown News, ASRC Federal, Artemis, AT&T, Bula Kava Bar & Coffee House, Five Points Pharmacy and Wellness, CBRCC’s Network$ Leads Group, Space Coast Honor Flight, West Cocoa Pharmacy and Compounding, Brevard Humane Society, Fidelity Bank of Florida, Five Star Claims Adjusting, Flagnations, JDot Media, Keep Brevard Beautiful, PIP Printing & Marketing Services–Merritt Island, Rock Paper Simple, Solutions Property Management of Florida, SPCA of Brevard, St. Mark’s Episcopal Academy, Victory Casino Cruises, Viera del Mar Health and Rehabilitation Center and Wild Ocean Market.

The Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce was established in 1968 and serves Cape Canaveral, Cocoa, Cocoa Beach, Kennedy Space Center, Merritt Island, Patrick Air Force Base, Port St. John, Rockledge, Palm Shores, Suntree and Viera.