The Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce hosted its second annual George P. Mitchell Regional Entrepreneurs of the Year awards ceremony Friday at the Galveston Island Convention Center at the San Luis Resort.

The award recognizes area businesses that demonstrate outstanding achievement, contribute to the growth of our region, and encourage others to follow their lead, chamber officials said.

The chamber honored Dancie Perugini Ware, Dancie Perugini Ware Public Relations and Todd R. Sullivan, John R. Sullivan of and William W. Sullivan of Sullivan Interests/Evia.

Also honored at the event were winners of the Ball High School Incubator program and Lemonade Day Galveston County. The Ball High program teaches students enrolled to become entrepreneurs by creating and developing their own product or service.

Winners Jennifer Hernandez and Bernadino Hernandez, established the ultimate car wash company, Eco Care Car Wash, to take care of the environment and bring convenience to their customers.

Lemonade Day Galveston County teaches today’s youth to become tomorrow’s entrepreneurs by learning to own and operate their own business, a lemonade stand.

This year’s winner was Team Victor, led by a young entrepreneur Victor Rodriquez.

“Born with Down syndrome, Victor struggles to communicate but he demonstrates hard work, integrity and commitment to Lemonade Day Galveston County,” chamber officials said.

“To Victor, Lemonade Day Galveston County shows others with the disorder that anything is possible.”

Established in 1845, the Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce promotes and advocates for business and community development and is the first chamber in the state of Texas.

Last year’s Mitchell award recipients were Dennis Byrd, CEO of Island Famous; and Ryann Duzich Culberson and Rosmond Duzich Thormahlen, owners of Farley Girls.

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