At Monday night’s annual dinner for the Greater Reading Chamber of Commerce & Industry, it was Shillington’s Triose Inc. that took home the top business of the year award for the second year in a row, for taking in revenues of at least $1 million in each of the last three fiscal years.
CertaPro Painters of Reading earned the top emerging entrepreneur award for the second year in a row, also, for taking in $250,000 in the most recent fiscal year.
Taking second and third place for top business of the year for the second year in a row, respectively, were Berks and Beyond Employment Services Inc. and Customers Bank, both of Wyomissing.
Second and third place emerging entrepreneurs, respectively, went to Good Life Advisor Systems of Wyomissing and Kay Pool and Spa of Reading.
In total at Monday’s awards, 50 companies were recognized in the top business category and 17 for the emerging entrepreneur award.
Daymond John, an investor on the ABC reality television series Shark Tank, highlighted the evening as the keynote speaker of the event at the Santander Arena in downtown Reading.
John shared his philosophy and practices that helped him to be successful in business and life as the founder, president and CEO of FUBU — “For Us, By Us” – and as a branding expert, author, consultant and motivational speaker.
The event began at 5 p.m. with a networking reception and dinner, and led to John’s keynote address at 7 p.m. After John’s speech, the chamber presented its 2015 top business and emerging entrepreneur awards.
Ellen Horan, chamber president and CEO, closed the evening with her annual state of the chamber address.
At last year’s awards dinner, ABC television’s Robin Roberts was the keynote speaker who shared her advice to an audience of 850 on positioning businesses for success.
The Reading chamber and its about 1,500-member companies employ a workforce of more than 90,000 people in the area. The chamber works to connect businesses to resources and provide marketing and networking opportunities and training to develop the skills of the local workforce.