Chamber Awards Honor Small Businesses
A singing dentist, a 30-year veteran of the catering industry, the executive director of a nonprofit helping families with seriously ill children, and a guy who recycles cigarette butts.
This is not the cast of a reality television show but rather the four winners of 2012's Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce Small Business Excellence Awards.
The chamber's seventh annual awards luncheon Thursday at Paris Las Vegas celebrated small businesses in four categories, including Women/Minority-Owned Business of the Year; Nonprofit of the Year; Small Business of the Year with fewer than five employees; and Small Business of the Year with fewer than 25 employees.
During his acceptance speech as winner of the Women/Minority-Owned Business of the Year, cheers and singing rang out from the crowd of about 240 chamber members as Family & Cosmetic Dentistry owner Dr. Rex Liu sang his own version of the Jackson 5's "I'll Be There" extolling the virtues of his dental practice, which includes extended hours and private exam rooms.
"This will inspire me to continue to do my very best," Liu said after winning the award.
Liu said his love of business began as a 10-year-old boy collecting golf balls at the Dunes Golf Course. He said he would clean the golf balls and then resell them for 15 cents or 25 cents depending on their condition.
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