July 2 is deadline for Tayloe Murphy Resilience Awards applications

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The deadline is approaching for the 2012 Tayloe Murphy Resilience Awards.

The awards honor Virginia businesses that have remained vital and committed to their communities despite high unemployment, high poverty and low entrepreneurial activity in their regions.

The deadline for submitting an application or recommending a company is July 2. Nominations can be made at


The awards are conducted by the Tayloe Murphy Center at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business.

The 2011 Resilience Award winners had average annual profit growth of 42 percent and employment growth of 20 percent during the past five years.

These businesses survived natural disasters, big-box competition and the crippling recession. Their innovations include lighter-than-air cell technology and award-winning wines coaxed from coal-mined soil.

Finalists will be named in August and invited to attend the awards ceremony on Sept. 5 at the University of Virginia where the winners will be announced.

Each of the five winners will be enrolled in a weeklong course at Darden’s highly-rated Executive Education program.

Cities in Virginia where businesses qualify based on rates of unemployment, poverty and self-employment include: Bristol, Buena Vista, Charlottesville, Colonial Heights, Covington, Danville, Emporia, Franklin, Fredericksburg, Galax, Hampton, Harrisonburg, Hopewell, Lexington, Lynchburg, Martinsville, Newport News, Norfolk, Norton, Petersburg, Portsmouth, Radford, Richmond, Roanoke, Waynesboro, Williamsburg and Winchester.

Counties in Virginia that qualify include: Accomack, Alleghany, Appomattox, Brunswick, Buchanan, Carroll, Charles City, Charlotte, Craig, Cumberland, Dickenson, Dinwiddie, Floyd, Franklin, Giles, Greensville, Halifax, Henry, Lee, Lunenburg, Mecklenburg, Montgomery, Nottoway, Page, Patrick, Pittsylvania, Prince George, Pulaski, Richmond, Russell, Scott, Southampton, Sussex, Tazewell, Washington and Wise.

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

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