Top Takeaways from the 2022 Eagle Awards

The Eagle Awards Gala is the African American Chamber of Commerce of Central Florida's (AACCCF) crowning celebration for Central Florida’s most dynamic growing businesses and entrepreneurs. The evening also serves as a time to recognize and honor the large corporations positively impacting our community and driving the growth and development of our vibrant and diverse business landscape. This year the event took place on April 2, 2022. We've compiled top takeaways and announcements to take note of!

1.) After yet another challenging year through the pandemic, members of the African American Chamber of Commerce of Central Florida have persevered and will continue to grow.

"...our members have powered through the
pandemic with notable accomplishments.." - Tanisha Nunn Gary, AACCCF President & CEO

2.) The Chamber has been a resource to small businesses in Central Florida, especially in these last few years of uncertainty, and will continue to be a resource in the future as well. New partnerships, training opportunities, and grants are in development.

"During the last two years, we have awarded 16 businesses with grants.
We will continue with our grant-giving by launching round 3 of our
grants later this year in partnership with IKEA." - Tanisha Nunn Gary, AACCCF President & CEO

"As we continue to provide entrepreneur training and development, in collaboration with Wells Fargo, this year we will launch our inaugural business cohort powered by Interise 'Streetwise MBA.'" - Tanisha Nunn Gary, AACCCF President & CEO

3.) The Eagle Awards Title Sponsor, Walt Disney World Resort, had some exciting updates of their own. Eagle Awards Co-Chair Leticia Adams announced that their newest attraction Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind is scheduled to open this summer!

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Top 2022 Eagle Awards Social Media Posts

The Eagle Awards Gala is the African American Chamber of Commerce of Central Florida's (AACCCF) crowning celebration for Central Florida’s most dynamic growing businesses and entrepreneurs. The evening also serves as a time to recognize and honor the large corporations positively impacting our community and driving the growth and development of our vibrant and diverse business landscape. This year the event took place on April 2, 2022.

Check out some of our favorite social media posts from Chamber members and attendees below. Want to see your photos? Continue to share your photos and videos from the event using #EagleAwards.

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2022 Eagle Awards Red Carpet Fashion Recap

The African American Chamber of Commerce of Central Florida and Walt Disney World Resort proudly presented the 2022 Eagle Awards on April 2, 2022. The event recognized individuals, small businesses, and corporations that have made a positive impact on the Central Florida community.

The Red Carpet set the scene for the entire event with live interviews from Florida National News, photographers, and content creators bustling about. This year as we returned to an in-person format, we also returned to the "Soar Into Africa" theme from 2020. Consider it Soar Into Africa Part 2.

Attendees rose to the occasion to reflect bold patterns, bright colors, and ensembles fit for royalty. A true display of #BlackExcellence, the red carpet fashion reflected both traditional and modern styles. Check out the top 3 trends below:

1.) Soar Into Africa

2.) Jewel Tones

3.) Classic Hollywood

 

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2022 Eagle Awards Winners

The African American Chamber of Commerce of Central Florida (AACCCF) and Walt Disney World Resort proudly presented the 2022 Eagle Awards Gala on April 2, 2022 at Walt Disney World Coronado Springs Resort to recognize small businesses that have made a positive impact on the Central Florida community.

This annual event is AACCCF’s crowning celebration for Central Florida’s most dynamic businesses and individuals and serves as a time to honor those members who drive the growth and development of our vibrant and diverse business landscape.

We are so pleased to announce the winners for each category:

Corporate Recognition Award Winner: Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo has demonstrated through voluntary actions, a commitment to equitable access to education, resources, and a commitment to sustainable social impact within local underserved communities. 

MLK Humanitarian of the Year: Reverend Dr. Robert Spooney

Reverend Dr. Robert Spooney has demonstrated an unselfish commitment to helping others and has gone above and beyond in serving his local community such as Chairman of the Parramore Community Engagement Council, past Chairman of the OCPS Academy of Academic Excellence Council, and past President of our African American Chamber of Commerce. A graduate of Jones High School and Florida A&M University, he is an inspiration to future generations and a beacon to our local community.

Small Business Advocate of the Year: City of Orlando Commissioner Regina Hill of District 5

Commissioner Regina Hill has helped businesses gain long-term contracts and obtain more exposure to corporate and government entities. She has been a long-time supporter for the residents of District 5 and the City of Orlando. Her commitment to the advancement and creation of community-enriching projects, policies, and proactive solutions have not gone without notice.

The Emerging Business of the Year Award: Deuce

The Emerging Business of the Year Award is presented to a business that has been in operation for one to three fiscal years and has demonstrated substantial growth. The selection committee evaluates the company’s overall business performance year to year, what the entrepreneur believes makes them unique, and their vision for the future of the business. Duece was a standout in this category.

The Enterprise Business of the Year: RTW Photography 

The Enterprise Business of the Year is awarded to a Black-owned business that has been in business for several years and has demonstrated an excellent strategy for business growth. The company must also display an effective management style and have a viable organizational structure. RTW Photography was a standout in this category.

The Eagle Award: Matthews Automotive Group

Matthews Automotive group was the winner of the 2022 Eagle Award. The Eagle Award, the most coveted award, is presented to the company that demonstrates the highest level of excellence in all facets of business. It is designed to recognize and award the African American-owned enterprise that has been in business for more than a decade and has made notable contributions to economic development, industry innovation, and community impact. 

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2020 Eagle Awards Red Carpet Recap

The African American Chamber of Commerce of Central Florida and Walt Disney World Resort proudly presented the 2020 Eagle Awards on January 18, 2020. The event recognized individuals, small businesses, and corporations that have made a positive impact on the Central Florida community.

The Red Carpet set the scene for the entire event with live interviews from Florida National News, photographers, and instagrammers bustling about. The theme was "Soar Into Africa" and attendees rose to the occasion to reflect bold patterns, bright colors, and ensembles fit for royalty. After just 5 minutes on the red carpet it became clear which fashion trends were most popular.

1.) African Attire

EA Fashion - traditional lineup

2.) The Brightest of Blues

EA fashion lineup blue

3.) Glamorous Sequins

EA Fashion lineup - sequins

4.) Not Your Average Tuxedo

Fashion line up_not your average tux

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In addition to title sponsor Disney, this year's gala was supported by Wells Fargo, Gold sponsor; Universal Orlando Resort, Orlando Health, Duke Energy and Ardmore Roderick, Silver sponsors; Wyndham Destinations, Greenberg Traurig, OUC, Florida Blue, University of Central Florida, Tupperware Brands, Rasmussen College, McCoy Federal Credit Union, Visit Orlando, AdventHealth, BB&T, Prestige Ford, JPMorgan Chase, FAIRWINDS Credit Union, Darden and Access Audio Visuals, Bronze sponsors. Media Partners were FNN and WESH.


2020 Eagle Awards Recap

The Eagle Awards are the AACCCF’s crowning celebration for Central Florida’s most dynamic growing businesses and entrepreneurs. The evening also serves as a time to recognize and honor the large corporations positively impacting our community and driving the growth and development of our vibrant and diverse business landscape. This year the event took place on January 18, 2020 at 7:00PM.

It was as if Wakanda had come to life, we had stumbled onto the set of the Lion King, or we had somehow been transported to the majestic Serengeti plains. While the actual event location was Disney's Contemporary Resort; this year's 2020 Eagle Awards took to the theme "Soar Into Africa" and transported attendees to another world.

Read More:  View List of Award Winners View the Red Carpet Fashion Review | Photo Gallery

In case you missed it, or if you simply want to re-live the magic once more; take a look at the evening's recap video:

A huge thank you to Walt Disney World, our event and table sponsors, and to all of the attendees. You each played a part in bringing the event to life and helping us to build a moment worthy of the history books - or at least our instagram feed for many months to come. Don't forget to continue to tag your posts and photos from the event using #EagleAwards. We'll see you next year.

In addition to title sponsor Disney, this year's gala was supported by Wells Fargo, Gold sponsor; Universal Orlando Resort, Orlando Health, Duke Energy and Ardmore Roderick, Silver sponsors; Wyndham Destinations, Greenberg Traurig, OUC, Florida Blue, University of Central Florida, Tupperware Brands, Rasmussen College, McCoy Federal Credit Union, Visit Orlando, AdventHealth, BB&T, Prestige Ford, JPMorgan Chase, FAIRWINDS Credit Union, Darden and Access Audio Visuals, Bronze sponsors. Media Partners were FNN and WESH. 

 

 

 

 


2020 Eagle Awards Winners

The Eagle Awards did not disappoint this past Saturday! It was an evening of recognition, networking, and building up every business in the room. We are so pleased to announce the winners for each category.

Emerging Business of the Year Award: Osborne & Francis

Business Enterprise of the Year Award: Hair in Motion of New York

Small Business Advocate Award: Greater Orlando Aviation Authority

Corporate Recognition of the Year Award: Duke Energy

Outstanding Community Achievement Award: Wayne Densch Charities

Outstanding Individual Community Achievement Award: Laine Powell

Humanitarian of the Year Award: Desmond Meade

The Eagle Award: Ardmore Roderick

Thank you to everyone who joined us! 

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