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Italian Delight garners award

Viny Sarnataro is a happy man. His Italian Delight restaurant in South Boston this week was one of 75 businesses across the United States named a 2012 Blue Ribbon Small Business presented by the U. S. Chamber of Commerce.

Italian Delight was one of four Blue Ribbon Award winners from the state of Virginia.

“Last year, we won an entrepreneurial award, but that was more like a consolation prize,” Sarnataro said Thursday after receiving a congratulatory email from the United States Chamber.

“Your company has been chosen as one of the top 75 small businesses…a truly exceptional achievement,” said Trula Tener, senior manager, marketing communications for the U. S. Chamber.

Italian Delight is one of the successful small businesses that has contributed to the vibrancy of American free enterprise and has been leaders in job creation and economic growth, according to U. S. Chamber President Thomas J. Donohue.

“Today, the chamber celebrates the positive impact made by these companies and is proud to recognize them for their outstanding achievements,” he added.

Sarnataro expressed appreciation to his many customers who have helped make his business successful.

This year, the chamber is doing something different for its award winners.

As a Blue Ribbon Award winner, Italian Delight is entered into the running for the Community Excellence Award. This award is designed to highlight a company who has demonstrated outstanding achievements in promoting community excellence.

Sarnataro wants that award.

He encourages his employees, customers and friends to vote for Italian Delight and help him win again.

And he’s even suggested he may add computer stations in his restaurant to assist customers in voting for his business.

“Out of the 75 Blue Ribbon Award winners, the community can go on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce website and vote, starting today and going through March 15.

“The winner will receive the Community Excellence Award, in addition to being named winner of a Blue Ribbon Award,” he explained.

Later on, out of the 75 Blue Ribbon Award winners, seven finalists will be chosen, one for each region, with one winning the Best Business of the Year Award and $10,000.

In business since 1997, Sarnataro said giving back to the community has been a key component of his restaurant business.

“This is how you grow your business, giving something to the community. And every time we spend money to sponsor something, they come back.

“It’s a good thing to sponsor as much as we can,” Sarnataro said.

He has been invited to Washington, D.C. for America’s Small Business Summit 2012 to be held May 21-23 when Italian Delight will be honored along with the other Blue Ribbon Award winners at a breakfast and gala luncheon on Tuesday, May 22.