Held May 4, the Contra Costa Council's annual small business awards luncheon honored 12 outstanding small businesses owners. Owners and entrepreneurs were are selected by their local chamber of commerce for their achievements in building their businesses and for their contributions to the community.
Marcia Harmon, owner of Cottage Jewel in Danville, was recommended by the Danville Chamber of Commerce. Her colorful boutique offers one-of-a-kind antique, vintage and artisan wares.
Steve Wilcox, a founding partner of Summit Financial Group, was recommended by the San Ramon Chamber of Commerce. Summit has supported local charities and children's sports teams for many years.
Other 2012 small-business award winners are:
* Antioch Chamber: Jim Clay, principal of Clay, Millias & Co., LLP, a full-service accounting firm serving clients throughout the Antioch area.
* Concord Chamber: Derry Englund, owner of Englund's CafĂ© & Catering, who works with the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano as well as church programs that feed the homeless.
* Hispanic Chamber: Angel and Kimberly Saucedo, owners of Golden Eagle Cleaning Solutions of Richmond, which offers green cleaning to more than 200 residential units the company manages.
* Lafayette Chamber: Philippe Chevalier, owner of Chevalier Restaurant, named one of the 10 best restaurants of the East Bay by Diablo Magazine and recipient of three Michelin Bib Gourmand awards.
* Martinez Chamber: Richard Cash, owner of Richard Cash Photography, who takes photos at ribbon-cutting mixers and special events in the community.
* Moraga Chamber: Brad Jay Noggle, owner of 5A Rent A Space, who with his wife Gloria runs an immaculate facility with unparalleled customer service.
* Orinda Chamber: Peter McNiff and Chih-Chung Fang, owners of Republic of Cake, who offer an "honest" $2 cupcake using all natural ingredients.
* Pleasant Hill Chamber: Matthew Rinn of Matthew Rinn State Farm Agency, a generous supporter of Special Olympics athletes.
* Richmond Chamber: Zoe Smith, owner of Zoe's Cookies & Other Delights, employing 24 people who supply premium cookies to 500 retail customers throughout Northern California.
* Walnut Creek Chamber: Ron Brown, executive director of Save Mount Diablo, who led a diverse group of nonprofit organizations as successful corporate members of the business community. The nonprofit works to preserve land in the area for future generations.