SWFL Inc. Announces Its 2022 INCredible Award Winners

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SWFL Inc. announces its 2022 INCredible Awards winners

By: Tiffany Esposito, MBA, CCE, IOM, APR, President & CEO, SWFL Inc.

We recently hosted SWFL Inc.’s annual INCredible Awards luncheon, and I was humbled to be surrounded by some of our region’s most talented businesspeople. This community is full of optimism and ambition. The support and investment of our business community has helped make this region what it is today, and I can't thank them enough for their commitment to Southwest Florida’s prosperity.

Our members, sponsors and community stakeholders are the driving force of our organization. Their generous support helps SWFL Inc. do what we do best: help small businesses thrive. I’m honored to announce the winners that were announced at this year’s ceremony…

Falon Tabares from the Healthy Earth Organization was awarded the INCredible Award, which is given to a graduate of Leadership SWFL who exemplifies the values of the program by demonstrating leadership, community stewardship and a desire to continue learning and growing professionally. The Innovation Award celebrates a small business that creates unique and forward-thinking solutions to address the needs of its clients and was presented to Presstige Printing.

The Nonprofit of the Year Award recognizes a nonprofit organization that is seen as a leader in the nonprofit sector. Better Together was selected as the winner, among a long list of nominees for its efforts in protecting children and preserving families by connecting them to safe and compassionate volunteers. This voluntary program is a preventative service that offers families in crisis the support needed to avoid foster care.

SWFL Inc. began presenting the Small Business of the Year Award in 2001 to recognize local businesses that go above and beyond to give back to the community. This year, the award was presented to Iron Ridge Insurance Services.  

 And for the first time, SWFL Inc. presented the Veteran-Owned Business of the Year Award, which celebrates a veteran-owned business that has demonstrated strong business performance and exemplifies significant contributions to Southwest Florida. Fire & Rice Paella earned the award for not only its dedication to supporting veterans but the local community.

Last but certainly not least, the SWFL Citizen of the Year was presented to Tom Hazell for his two decades of contributions and dedication to New Horizons of Southwest Florida. He received a standing ovation as he accepted the award.

With everything that is required to run a stable and successful business, it’s so important to take every opportunity to celebrate both the little and big wins that come along the way. The INCredible Awards celebration would not have been possible without the continued support of our local sponsors. Thank you to our incredible sponsors…

  • Title Sponsor: London Bay
  • Awards Sponsors: Candy Lash Spa and Physicians Regional Healthcare Systems
  • Corporate Sponsors: Lee Health, NCH Healthcare System, Naples Daily News and TheNews-Press
  • Enterprise Sponsors: Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A., Rosier Insurance, YMCA of Southwest Florida, Hodges University, YMCA of Southwest Florida, Blue Zones Project, Prestige Printing, Dragon Horse Agency and Bonita Springs-Estero Realtors
  • Network Sponsors: Joe the Home Pro and Iron Ridge Insurance Services
  • Media Sponsor: M&M Multimedia LLC
  • Audio Visual Sponsor: Encore Global

We are so proud of our small business owners and their contributions to our great community. Congratulations to our all nominees and winners!

About SWFL Inc.

SWFL Inc. is a regional chamber of commerce serving the Southwest Florida business community. It connects businesses to a regional network of customers, offers educational resources to help them grow in a modern economy, and actively works to solve regional issues that impact the business community. At SWFL Inc., membership is free and open to all businesses to create (inc)lusive opportunities for all.

Ranked among the top one percent of chambers nationwide, SWFL Inc. produces exceptional business resources and programs to serve the business community, promote a region where businesses can grow and prosper and enhance the quality of life in Southwest Florida.