Middletown-Based Company Named County's Entrepreneur of the Year
The manager said she was "so honored" by the award.
The ceremony was held Monday, May 9, at the Newport Officers Club. Rep. David Cicilline was the guest speaker.
For the first time in the history of these awards, the winners knew only that they had been nominated among many, and not that they had won.
RI Computer Learning Services was recognized as the county's Entrepenuer of the Year. On the company's Web site, manager Robin Gardner wrote that she was "so honored" by the award.
"I still don't know who made the nomination, but when I find out, I'll be giving someone a great big hug!" she wrote.
NewportFed, which has a branch in Middletown, was also recognized in the Large Business category.
The Excellence in Business Awards are an annual tradition started by the Newport County Chamber of Commerce five years ago. This year’s winners were selected from 25 nominations in six categories. A selection committee was made up of volunteers from the Chamber’s Member Services and Ambassadors Committees.
Here's the full list of winners:
Large Business: NewportFed
Small Business: William Vareika Fine Arts, Ltd.
Micro Business: Cadeaux du Monde
Woman Owned Business: Only in Rhode Island
Entrepreneur of the Year: RI Computer Learning Services
Non-Profit of the Year: James L. Maher Center