Celebrating Fredericksburg Business

The Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce held its 33rd annual Awards Gala last weekend, celebrating the large and small businesses that contribute so much to the community.

Here were the big winners of the night:

Community Impact Award – Fredericksburg Nationals

The Fredericksburg Nationals have quickly earned a spot in the city’s heart, both for the entertainment opportunities the team provides and their commitment to community service. Through youth outreach programs, charitable initiatives, and partnerships with local nonprofits like the Gwyneth’s Gift Foundation, Sunshine Ballpark Foundation, the Fredericksburg Area Builders Association, and the Rappahannock Rotary Club, the team has become an indispensable part of the fabric of our community, inspiring civic pride and bringing people together.

Fredericksburg Nationals General Manager Robert Perry. All photos courtesy Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Entrepreneur of the Year – Latasha Brooks

A “serial entrepreneur,” Brooks is committed to empowering small and minority-owned businesses to achieve their growth goals. She is the successful founder and CEO of several thriving enterprises, and through her Minority Business government Contraction Summit, she employs her 15+ years of experience to mentor hundreds of regional business owners.

Latasha brooks

Small Business of the Year Award – Stevenson Ridge

Spotsylvania’s Stevenson Ridge combines historic charm with modern sophistication and has become one of the area’s premiere event venues. The owners have meticulously restored the property’s 19th-century buildings and created a sought-after destination for locals and visitors alike. Managing partner Jennifer Mackowski, has spent the last 15 years devoted to excellence both in her business, which continues to be family-owned and operated, and in the community, serving in leadership capacities for nonprofits and civic organizations.

Jennifer Mackowski

Large Businesses of the Year Award – Bloomia

Bloomia and its CEO, Werner Jansen, have redefined the cut flower industry, setting new standards of quality and sustainability through innovative practices and dedication to customer satisfaction. Through vertical integration, this company controls every aspect of their supply chain. This not only ensures strict quality control but also allows them to offer top-quality, long-lasting, and unique tulip varities while reducing waste and streamlining processes. Additionally, Jansen has been an active participant in regional initiatives such as the Chamber’s Leadership Trip to Lexington, Kentucky last year, and he is in the current class of Leadership Fredericksburg.

Werner jansen

Prince B. Woodard Leadership Award – Stephen Kingsley

Kingsley, market president for Truist Bank, came to the region more than 20 years ago and immediately began to give back. He has served on boards and committees and as a volunteer for the Rappahannock-Fredericksburg Rotary Club (where he is a past president), Big Brothers Big Sisters Greater Fredericksburg (where he is a past president), the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, the Rappahannock United Way, and the Chamber. Kingsley also provided a life-saving bone marrow donation to a young stranger in need in 2009. From offering financial advice to local businesses, to supporting nonprofits serving children, pets, people in need, and the environment, Kingsley has demonstrated his commitment to Fredericksburg and its residents.

steve kingsley

Managing Editor and Correspondent