CHARLOTTE, NC (May 18, 2017) — In celebration of Charlotte's Small Business Month, five local businesses were honored at the sixth annual Charlotte-Mecklenburg Crowns of Enterprise Awards ceremony.
Hosted by the City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County, awards were presented to the Minority Business Enterprise of the Year, Woman Business Enterprise of the Year, Small Business Enterprise of the Year, Prime Contractor of the Year and Diversity Advocate of the Year. All of the businesses that received awards were recognized for demonstrating exemplary leadership and sound business strategies.
During the ceremony, Allan Evora, founder and president of Affinity Energy, was presented with the Minority Business Enterprise of the Year award. Affinity Energy is a systems integrator that specializes in mission critical and distributed generation electrical power management systems. Specifically, the team of experts designs, builds, implements, and supports controls, instrumentation, and monitoring systems for utility-scale solar farms, data centers, medical campus central energy plants, waste-to-energy plants, and manufacturing companies.
Michelle Boller, founder and CEO of Boller Logistics, received the Woman Business Enterprise of the Year award. Boller Logistics is a minority- and woman-owned, third party logistics company headquartered in Charlotte. Boller Logistics is committed to providing cost effective supply chain solutions through innovative technology, unlimited expertise and dynamic shipping strategies.
Ed Roper, co-founder and vice president of NJR Construction LLC, was recognized as the Small Business Enterprise of the Year. NJR Construction is headquartered in Charlotte and was formed by a merger of two City of Charlotte-certified firms, Roper Construction LLC, and NJD Construction Inc. NJR Construction's service offerings include metal framing, drywall and acoustical ceilings.
The Prime Contractor of the Year award was bestowed upon Edifice Inc. Edifice Inc. strives to assist clients in every aspect of the contracting and construction process. The company offers design, budget and schedule management services, as well as building and construction services.
The last award of the evening, Diversity Advocate of the Year, was presented to Henry Rock, founder and executive director of City Startup Labs. City Startup Labs provides an academy of instruction, training, mentoring and coaching to prepare young men of color to become viable entrepreneurs, thereby contributing to not only themselves, but their families, communities and the country in a fundamentally positive way.
For more information about Charlotte Small Business Month, and the thousands of small businesses and entrepreneurs that make the community great, please visit charlottebusinessresources.com.
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