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Finalists announced for Resilience Awards

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Fourteen Virginia companies that have defied odds to grow and create jobs have been named finalists in the second annual Tayloe Murphy Resilience Awards competition.

The Resilience Awards were begun last year by the Tayloe Murphy Center at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business to recognize companies that have thrived in challenging circumstances or economically depressed areas of the state.

The 14 finalists will compete for five awards, which will be announced next month at banquet at the Rotunda on the U.Va. campus.

The finalists were among 88 companies that completed applications for the competition.

The finalists are:
• A Bowl of Good Cafe, Inc., Harrisonburg
• Astyra Corp., Richmond
• Blue Crab Bay Co./Bay Beyond Inc.,Melfa
• Blue Talon Bistro, Williamsburg
• Chateau Morrisette, Inc., Floyd
• GearClean Inc., Winchester
• Highground Services Inc., Franklin
• L & R Precision Tooling Inc., Lynchburg
• Lindstrand USA Inc., South Boston
• MountainRose Vineyards Inc., Wise
• Office Plus Business Centre (Haynesworth, Inc.), Danville
• Southwest Virginia Veterinary Services, Lebanon
• Thomas A. Johnson Furniture Co., Lynchburg
• Todos Supermarket, Woodbridge

“The goal of the Resilience Awards is to bring well-deserved attention to highly successful businesses in parts of Virginia that some might unwisely overlook,” said Greg Fairchild, executive director of the Tayloe Murphy Center. “These finalists demonstrate the strength of Virginia’s main street businesses, even in the face of significant economic obstacles. With average annual profit growth rates of 42 percent and average annual employment growth rates of 20 percent, in areas where the average company is actually declining, these firms embody resilience.”

The Tayloe Murphy Resilience Awards are presented in part by sponsorship from Virginia Business.

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