November 19, 2021
6:30 pm – 11:00 pm


Omni Shoreham Hotel
2500 Calvert St NW,
Washington, DC 20008, USA

The Gala is the highlight of the year for the business community and the DC Chamber. We bring together our region’s top business, political and philanthropic leaders for an evening celebrating business innovation, creativity and success. As we begin to resurface from the challenging past two years, we look forward to an evening filled with optimism and opportunity. This year, we recognize those businesses and business leaders who have reminded us that we’re all in this together. We celebrate this year’s theme – Our Businesses are Rooted in Community.

2021 Chamber's Choice Awards

The Chamber’s Choice Awards are presented annually to individuals and businesses that have demonstrated extraordinary standards of professional excellence, vision and dedication in the District of Columbia business community. NBC4 News Anchor Shawn Yancy will serve as this year’s MC. The categories and 2021 awardees are below, click to learn more.

2021 Chamber's Choice Awardees

Chamber's Choice Awardees

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Photos by Imagine Photography

Event Details

  • Black Tie Event (Cocktail Optional)
  • Proof of Vaccination Required
  • Masks Required
  • Onsite Temperature Check

Schedule for the Evening

  • 6:30p – 730p – Reception
  • 7:50p – 9:30p – Dinner
  • 9:30p – 11:00p – The Grand Reception

Featuring Shawn Yancy as the Master of Ceremonies

Shawn Yancy is an Emmy award winning broadcast journalist and evening news anchor at NBC4 in Washington, DC. Prior to joining NBC4, Shawn was a primary news anchor at FOX 5 News In Washington, DC.

Shawn is the founder and CEO of Girls’ Night Out by Shawn Yancy Inc., a 501(c)(3) dedicated to empowering and improving the lives of underserved women & children. Shawn is also a professional artist with clients nationwide, and a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.

She and her husband have 3 wonderful sons, 2 dogs and live in Montgomery County, Maryland. Her favorite saying is: “If the dream is big enough, the facts don’t count”. It’s a phrase her mother has been instilling in her for as long as she can remember. It’s a reminder that all things are possible with God’s help.

Event Sponsor: Verizon

Grand Reception Sponsors: MCN Build and JMA Solutions

Honoree Video Sponsor: Comcast

Business of the Year,
Gelberg Signs

Gelberg Signs is receiving the Business of the Year award for its ongoing commitment to the community for more than 80 years. Gelberg Signs work can be seen throughout the city and in many of the District’s major landmarks (i.e., Ben’s Chili Bowl, SW Waterfront development, etc.). During the pandemic, the company supported essential businesses in the District by providing free signage to indicate that they were “Open for Business.”

Business Leader of the Year,
Rudy Seikaly, CEO of MCN Build

Rudy Seikaly is receiving the Business Leader of the Year award for his leadership as an entrepreneur and philanthropist. As the founder and CEO of MCN Build, Inc., Rudy established the MCN Build Foundation, which leverages their construction expertise to support educational opportunities in underprivileged areas, both locally and globally.

Economic Impact Award,
The Shop Salon


The Shop Salon is receiving the Economic Impact Award for making a significant impact on the economic vitality of the District of Columbia, as well as their leadership in diversity and inclusion. The Shop Salon introduced a non-binary haircut option and provided a price based on hair length versus gender. The company also uplifts the creative arts community by collaborating with the District to provide space to showcase artwork from new/up-and-coming DC artists.

Community Impact Award,
Golden Triangle Business Improvement District


Golden Triangle BID is receiving the Community Impact Award for demonstrating a strong record of community involvement by enhancing the Washington, DC’s central business district through long-term programming and beautification initiatives. Their Grow Golden Program connects retail businesses, including restaurants and start-up incubators, to landlords with an empty retail front due to the pandemic.

Humanitarian Award,
Dr. LaQuandra S. Nesbitt


Dr. LaQuandra S. Nesbitt is receiving the Humanitarian Award for her tireless work in mobilizing organizations and communities to implement innovative solutions that promote health and wellness and achieve health equity. Dr. Nesbitt currently serves as the Director of the District of Columbia Department of Health. The Humanitarian Award recognizes her work during the pandemic ensuring that the District residents have free access to COVID vaccinations and free testing.

Lifetime Legacy Award,
Children's National Hospital


Children’s National Hospital is receiving the Lifetime Legacy Award for exhibiting outstanding crisis leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic by sharing research and public health expertise with providers worldwide and being a voice to many via the media. In addition to vaccinating thousands of children and teachers, Children’s National Hospital was a pioneer in testing children with the nation’s first drive-through testing site on the Trinity University Campus.