Aimee Stanley, board chair of the South Lake Chamber of Commerce welcomed guests to the 5th Annual Best of South Lake Business Awards Gala on Wednesday evening, January 19 at Bella Collina.

The signature event recognizes people and businesses who made a positive difference in the community. The recipients were selected through a nomination & voting process.


2022 Heritage Award recognizes a business or community that has shown continued contributions to the South Lake business community and has been active in the community for 25 years or more.

The Heritage Award was presented to City Manager Michael Hein and the City of Groveland. The award was presented by Wendy Terry.

The City of Groveland is celebrating 32 years of Chamber membership in 2022. They are also celebrating their 100-year anniversary.

This City has transformed the culture of all city departments and improved the services that they provide. In recent years, it has rebranded itself as “the City of Natural Charm” and has helped to create economic prosperity in Lake County. It has helped attract significant business investment that has resulted in hundreds of good-paying jobs.  These accomplishments include:

The Grand Opening of Kroger in June 2021. This 375,00 square foot facility provides premier grocery delivery to our residents and added more than 600 jobs to our local economy. This project was recognized by the Florida Economic Development Council as 2021’s Regional Deal of the Year.

Also in 2021, Amazon held a grand opening for a 1,000,000 square foot Last-Mile Delivery Station that added more than 200 jobs to the local economy.

Construction is underway for a 425,000 square foot class A speculative Distribution Center on American Way in the Christopher C. Ford Commerce Park that will bring $26 million dollars in investment to Lake County. This project is sure to bring more excellent jobs and prosperity to our local communities.

The City of Groveland will celebrate its Centennial Celebration later this year.


The Oakley Seaver Special Service Award honors a nonprofit business, club, organization, educational institution or healthcare facility that has contributed significantly to the community and created a lasting impact or benefit.

The award was presented to Pastor Brian Broadway, Founder of Find, Feed & Restore by Nancy Cummings, granddaughter of. Oakley Seaver.

Find, Feed & Restore is a non-profit that assists families with children. After 6 years of providing food, career development, computer training and job placement assistance, Pastor Broadway realized the missing element, The actual foundation necessary for families with children to develop and grow in a stable environment for them to call home. He created and implemented three effective and strategic methods: (1) Housing First (no-cost housing for 6 to 12 months) (2) Permanent Housing Solutions (affordable housing for working families) and (3) Homelessness Avoidance.

Brian Broadway, a native of New York and Founder of Find, Feed & Restore, is married to Allison Broadway and together they have two beautiful daughters, Grace and Hannah. In 2004, Brian and his family relocated to South Lake and here they began their work. Heartbroken by the daily calls received by parents with children and no place to lay their heads, Brian established what is known as Find, Feed & Restore to meet the demand for homelessness in Lake County. Brian prides himself on providing a place for homeless families with children, rather than building multi-million-dollar facilities to conduct business. His passion to eradicate homelessness has led Find, Feed & Restore to be recognized on local news channels, Style Magazine and named 2021 Non-Profit of the Year by Community Foundation of South Lake.

The South Lake Chamber’s Citizen of the Year Award is an annual award given to a south Lake resident who has displayed extraordinary dedication to our community.

This year’s award was presented to Michelle Michnoff by Dr. Kasey Kesselring, President of Montverde Academy and a prior award winner.

Michelle has been involved in many aspects of life in Lake County. She is a Past Chair of the Chamber Board and a Past Chair of the Boys and Girls Club of Lake and Sumter Counties. Her hard work and energy lead to the founding of Charities Across South Lake. She is the long-time Chair of the South Lake Teacher Appreciation Breakfast and Taste of South Lake. As the Vice President and Regional Community Bank Manager for Seacoast Bank, she has facilitated the efforts for the Payroll Protection Plan for hundreds of local small businesses.



CategoryName Title
Best Accountant or CPA Denise Calderon Certified Public Accountant
Best Air Conditioning & Heating Cool-Air Conditioning & Refrigeration
Best Architect Powell Studio Architecture
Best Assisted Living Community or Nursing Home Crane’s View Lodge Assisted Living & Memory Care
Best Attraction Citrus Tower
Best Automotive Repair Service Griffis Automotive Clinic, Inc.
Best Automotive Sales Headquarter Honda
Best Automotive Services South Lake Mobile Window Tinting
Best Bank or Credit Union Seacoast Bank
Best Breakfast Spot Cheeser’s Palace Cafe and Catering
Best Builder or Contractor GP Construction
Best Caterer Lake Catherine Farms
Best Chiropractor Roe Family Chiropractic
Best Cleaning Services Mighty Clean Cans
Best Commercial Real Estate Agent/Agency Coldwell Banker Tony Hubbard
Best Computer/IT Services & Repair Mighty Manatee IT
Best Concierge Service Rapid Response Courier and Delivery Service
Best Dentist or Orthodontist Clermont Pediatric Dentistry
Best Digital Publication South Lake Tablet
Best Education Services Mathnasium of Clermont
Best Employee Benefits Provider Florida Blue – Clermont
Best Engineer Germana Engineering and Associates
Best Entertainment Once Upon A Creation
Best Event Rental Service Blushin’ Bubbles
Best Eye Doctor Toppino Eye Care
Best Financial Services Reed Family Wealth Services
Best Flooring Lion Heart Floors
Best Golf Course Bella Collina Country Club
Best Gym Fitness CF
Best Hair Salon or Salon Service The Studio
Best Handyman Service Rubio Family Handyman Services
Best Health & Wellness Services Precision Integrative Medicine
Best Home Improvement Services Brizuela Services Inc.
Best Home Inspector HouseMaster Home Inspections
Best Hotel or Resort Lake Minneola Inn -Tiki Bar & Grill
Best Insurance Agency Erb and Young Insurance, Inc.
Best Jeweler Pittman Jewelers
Best Jeweler The Village Goldsmith
Best Landscape or Tree Service DWC Outdoors & Hauling LLC
Best Major Theme Park Walt Disney World Resort
Best Marketing Service SharpShell Solutions LLC
Best Mortgage Company Kristin Jamieson Mortgage Team Powered by Success Mortgage
Best Newspaper News Leader, Inc.
Best Pet Services Pat the Dog Pet Boarding & Grooming
Best Pizza Piesanos
Best Place for a Burger The Crooked Spoon Gastropub
Best Place for a Sit Down Lunch The Crooked Spoon Gastropub
Best Place for a Sweet Treat Teamont Boba
Best Place for BBQ Uncle Kenny’s BBQ & Catering
Best Place for Dinner The Southern on 8th
Best Place for Drinks Clermont Brewing Company
Best Place for Lunch on the Go Chick-fil-A Clermont
Best Printer Minuteman Press
Best Promotional Products Stephanie Walter Promotions LLC
Best Residential Realtor Wheatley Realty Group
Best Retail Sunshine Book Company
Best Roofing Company Clermont Roofing
Best Screen Enclosure A1 Aluminum
Best Signs & Graphics Graphics Direct Inc.
Best Spa Serenity Spa & Wellness
Best Special Event to Attend Light Up Clermont
Best Special Event Venue Lake Catherine Farms
Best Specialty Sport Retail DASH Sports
Best Sprinkler Repair Sprinkler Repair Company
Best Title Company Metes & Bounds Title Company
Best Vacation Rental Homes Swiss Vacation Houses
Best Veterinary Services Mobile Vet to Pet
Best Web Design
Best Wedding or Bridal Shop
Splash Social Marketing
Gray Bridal Collective
South Lake Tablet – Best Digital Publication. Pictured L-R: Michael, Michelle, and Bill Delaney with SLCC Chair Aimee Stanley

The South Lake Tablet is truly honored to be selected as the recipient of the Best Digital Publication!

Thank you to the staff of the South Lake Chamber of Commerce who organized an awesome event. It was so perfectly planned; cocktails, dinner, dessert, award presentations, everything covered and promptly ended at 9 pm. (I still can’t believe how they did it).

Pictured: South Lake Chamber of Commerce – Nathanael Edmund Marketing & Programs Director, Shahanaz Rahaman Member Relations Director, and David Colby President

Keep a lookout for additional pictures and updates on the SOUTH LAKE TABLET

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