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MBA Orlando has expanded its recognition of LGBT & Allied business leaders to include great individuals and companies who go above and beyond the call of duty for the LGBT community whether they be…small businesses or large companies…employer or employee…for profit or non-profit…LGBT or Allied. The most critical factor is that they demonstrate…PRIDE IN BUSINESS™!




Past Debbie Simmons Community Service Award Recipients


2014 – Barry Miller, President and CEO of Barry Miller Law & The Closing Agent, Inc.”
2013- Ron Legler, President and CEO of Florida Theatrical Association
2012 – Mary Meeks, Mary Meeks PA and the Orlando Anti-Discrimination Ordinance Committee
2011 – Jennier Foster, owner of Foster Productions and HRC Orlando co-founder
2010 – Michael Slaymaker of Easter Seals and President of Orlando Youth Alliance
2009 – Pat Padilla of Symantec Corporation and PFLAG President
2008 – Debbie Simmons owner of Shelbie Press and MBA Orlando co-founder and President for 16 years

Past Corporate Ally of the Year Award Recipient

2014 – Walt Disney World Resorts
2013- Macy’s
2012 – Darden Restaurants


Past Small Business of the Year Award Recipient

2013-Watermark Media
2012 -Hamburger Mary’s Restaurant

Past New Business of the Year Award Recipient

2014 – Author Scott Vedder
2013- Orlando Fit Body Boot Camp
2012 – Artful Events, Operators of the The Mezz & The Abbey

Businesswoman of the Year Award Recipient

2014 – Jennifer Foster (Foster Productions)
2013- Lu Mueller- Kaul of Balance Massage
2012 – Lisa Brown & Dawn Kallio, Co-Owners of Bowled Over Promotions


Business Man of the Year Award Recipient

2014 – Brian Cole (Edge Factory)
2013- Dr. David Baker-Hargrove, BHC Assessment & Consulting
2012 – Antonio G. Tapia, AGT Law PA

Non-Profit of the Year Award Recipient

2014 – The Center Orlando
2013- Zebra Coalition

Orlando Community Champion Award Recipient

2014 – Phil Rawlins (Orlando City Soccer)
2013- Commissioner Patty Sheehan



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