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The Chamber ALX Awards Alexandria’s 2023 Best in Business

Presenting Sponsor, Burke & Herbert Bank poses on the red carpet.

Alexandria, VA- On October 12, the Chamber ALX presented its 2023 Best in Business Awards at the Westin Old Town Alexandria. The ceremony and celebration was attended by 385 nominees and participants. Burke & Herbert Bank was the Presenting Sponsor, with Walter Clarke & Joe Collum of Burke & Herbert Bank acting as Event Chairs.

Business Leader of the Year is selected by The Chamber ALX’s Executive Committee based on the individual and business operations within the community, professional accomplishment, charitable involvement and contributions, reputation, and chamber engagement.

The Business Awards (not including the Business Leader of the Year) are selected by an anonymous committee of past winners, who score applications based on business overview, marketing & collaboration, charitable contributions, and excellence.

Business Leader of the Year: Don Simpson, Jr. of Simpson Development Company

The Simpson family poses with Business Leader of the Year Don Simpson, Jr. (center)

Overall Business of the Year: ALX Community

ALX Community accepts the Overall Business of the Year Award (L-R: Brandon DeChirico, Kelly Grant, Luke Powell, Colleen Maloney, Christopher Djordje, Amanda Kate Galbrait, Amari Glenn, Kylie Zahringer, & Scott Shaw.

Small Business of the Year: Salon deZEN

Maria Elizabeth of Salon deZEN accepts the Small Business of the Year Award.

Medium Business of the Year: McLaughlin Ryder Investments

Large Business of the Year: Woodbine Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center

Large Business of the Year – Woodbine Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center celebrates their win on the red carpet. (L-R Donna Shaw, Jane Hughes, Maya Tanna, & Margaret McElroy)

Nonprofit/Association of the Year: Neighborhood Health

Nonprofit / Association of the Year Winner, Dr. Basim Khan of Neighborhood Health accepts award.

Rising Star Business of the Year: Ada’s on the River

For details about the event and names of all the nominated Alexandria businesses, visit

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