Posted by: Tampa Bay Chamber on Thursday, November 12, 2020

Tampa, Fla. – The Tampa Bay Chamber announced the winners of the 2020 Small Business of the Year Awards at a ceremony on Thursday, November 12 at Armature Works. More than 500 attendees usually attend the event, but this year it celebrated with a close 300 attendees to recognize the accomplishments of Tampa Bay’s small business community and toasted the evening’s big winners. 

This year’s event was presented by Adcock Financial Group and Warren Averett and represents the 40th year the Chamber has recognized this key segment of the region’s economy. Small business awards were presented in three categories based on the number of employees and a fourth business category honoring a startup company. Companies are evaluated on financial success, community involvement and ethical business practices. An award was also presented to the Outstanding Small Business Leader of the Year.

The 2020 Small Business of the Year Award winners are:

Outstanding Leader: Mike Harting, 3 Daughters Brewing

Mike is a St. Petersburg native with over 25 years’ experience in hospitality, including the last six as CEO of 3 Daughters Brewing. Under his leadership during Florida’s craft beer boom, the brewery has become one of the largest independently owned in the state, and now distributes internationally in over one dozen countries.

Startup: Imperium Data Networks

Imperium Data Networks is a value-added reseller of IT network hardware & business solutions. We help IT business

leaders learn about emerging technologies that help power their communications, information security, and wireless

connectivity. Our solutions include manufacturers offering technology products that are critical to everyday operation

of modern business and products that help propel it into the future.

5–20 Employees: Meter Technology Werks (MTW)

Meter Technology Werks (MTW) sells “submeters” to the US multifamily housing industry. Their customers are billing

companies that send out monthly utility bills based on utility consumption from MTW equipment. Founded in 2004, Meter

Technology Werks now has a 65% US market share, employs 11 of the best people in the industry, and has a complete MTW meter line of over 100 products.

21–50 Employees: Bay Food Brokerage

Bay Food Brokerage is a mid-size food brokerage firm that specializes in Perishable and Consumer Goods for Supermarkets. We serve the retailers in the Southeast by representing food manufacturers throughout the world. We are the direct contact for the manufacturer to the retailer and we support our clients, the food manufacturers, from the beginning of the selling process up until the product is on the shelf for the consumer.

51–250 Employees: Southern Manufacturing Technologies, Inc.

Southern Manufacturing Technologies, Inc. is a custom precision manufacturing company that specializes in aerospace, aircraft, defense, and medical parts. All the parts we sell are designed by our customers. We take a 2D drawing or a 3D model of a complex part and develop the manufacturing processes that will consistently create good quality parts as efficiently and cost effectively as possible.