Consolidated Nuclear Security, UT-Battelle, and the Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce recently honored local business leaders and outstanding small businesses. The three entities annually sponsor a Celebrate Oak Ridge Business breakfast in May.
ARS International LLC was awarded the Small Business of the Year designation by Consolidated Nuclear Security. ARS is an Alaskan native corporation, small disadvantaged business, and is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Aleut Corporation, a press release said. ARS has provided services to the U.S. Department of Energy, Department of Defense, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and commercial industries in the form of hazardous material remediation, laboratory analysis, and construction/demolition services, a press release said.
UT-Battelle named Kelsan as its Small Business of the Year. Kelsan provides its customers with the region’s largest selection of sanitary maintenance-related products and consistently ranks as the southeast’s leading “Jan-San” distributor, the press release said.
In addition to small business awards, both CNS and UT-Battelle named their respective Small Business Advocates of the Year. Karen Prillhart was honored by CNS, and Dustin Mackey was the honoree for UT-Battelle.
Stephanie Hale-Smith of State Farm Insurance was presented with the Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce’s Kerry Trammell Volunteer of the Year Award. The award is named after the late Kerry Trammell, who was a long-time member and volunteer for the Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce.
Proceeds from the event were donated to the Virtual Business Enterprise program at Oak Ridge High School, the press release said. Teresa Ledden, the teacher for the class, and several of her students were on hand at the breakfast to speak to attendees about the program and the virtual business they have established.
Links to videos about the honorees and the website for the Virtual Enterprise class are available on the Chamber’s website at www.oakridgechamber.org.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
This press release was submitted by Kathy Gillenwaters.
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