Catoctin Creek Distilling Co. of Purcellville, Virginia, scored three separate awards at the annual Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce Small Business Awards 2020. Earlier in the year, the distillery was named finalist in the category of “Main Street Business” and won that category at the chamber gala. Further, Catoctin Creek was named the “People’s Choice” winner with more than 12,000 votes cast in public voting. For a clean sweep of the night, the distillery, headed by founders Scott and Becky Harris, received the coveted “Small Business of the Year,” judged top among the winners in each category.
“We are so humbled and honored tonight to learn that we have won a trifecta of awards at the Loudoun Chamber 2020 Small Business Awards,” said Scott Harris, founder of the Purcellville distillery. “We are grateful to the Chamber, but also to the wonderful businesses that contributed so much in this difficult year. We send out our love and support to all the restaurants, workers, and first responders who are at the front lines of this pandemic. We are all #InThisTogether.”
Becky Harris, co-founder, president and chief distiller, added “Thank you also to our team of excellent employees who work so tirelessly to make things happen, especially during the months when we were producing hand sanitizer. We honestly have the best people in the world working for us! We are truly grateful for them.”
In previous years at the Chamber gala, Catoctin Creek received the Small Business of the Year Award in 2012, and Scott Harris received the Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2011.
For 26 years, the Loudoun Small Business Awards have been the most prestigious honors celebrating the best small businesses, entrepreneurs and nonprofit organizations in our Loudoun community.
The annual Small Business Awards are typically a grand ballroom affair and one of the most popular events in Loudoun County. Hundreds of attendees dressed in black tie and gowns attend each year with dining and dancing. This year’s gala, however, was a subdued virtual affair, due to continuing COVID-19 restrictions and social distancing measures. People may view the recording of the gala on the Chamber’s Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/LoudounChamber