Applications available for the 25th Annual Blue Chip Community Business Award

May 23rd, 2019

By Annelise Przywara

(239) 221-2858 |


Award Applications, Event Registration Now Available


PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. – May 21, 2019 – Award applications are now available for the Southwest Florida Blue Chip Community Business Award. Coordinated and sponsored by McGriff Insurance Services, the 25th annual program will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 6 at Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa (5001 Coconut Road, Bonita Springs, FL).


The program recognizes small business owners who have overcome adversity to achieve success. Registration for the event is free and is available online at


Applications for the award are open to thriving for-profit companies with their principal office located in Charlotte, Collier, or Lee County. Eligible companies must have been in continuous operation for at least three years under the same ownership and have five to 400 payroll employees. Applications are due by Wednesday, Sept. 4, at which time an independent panel of judges will select five finalists to be honored at the Nov. 6 luncheon. Of the five finalists, one business will be announced as the Southwest Florida Blue Chip Community Business Award recipient at the luncheon ceremony. Businesses can nominate themselves or be nominated by a third party. To request an application, please contact Stacey Mercado at (239) 433-7189 or


The 2019 Southwest Florida Blue Chip Community Business Award is endorsed by the Bonita Springs Area Chamber of Commerce, Cape Coral Chamber of Commerce, Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce, Charlotte County Economic Development Office, Christian Chamber of Southwest Florida, City of Cape Coral Economic Development Office, Florida Gulf Coast University, Florida SouthWestern State College, Florida Weekly, Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce, Greater Lehigh Acres Chamber of Commerce, Gulfshore Business, Hodges University, Lee County Economic Development Office/Horizon Council, Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce, Southwest Florida Business Today, Southwest Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, The Chamber of Southwest Florida, The Greater Fort Myers Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, and The Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce.


For information about the Blue Chip Award program, please contact Stacey Mercado at (239) 433-7189 or


About McGriff Insurance Services

McGriff Insurance Services, formerly BB&T Insurance Services, is a subsidiary of BB&T Insurance Holdings, Inc. Founded in 1922, it operates more than 200 offices through Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Arkansas, Mississippi, Louisiana, Florida, Texas and California and is the fifth largest insurance broker in the U.S. and internationally. Visit to learn more.