The Virginia Asian Chamber of Commerce recognized individuals and organizations for outstanding entrepreneurship and service at The Jefferson Hotel for its fourth annual Asian Chamber Gala. The chamber provides programs for members and serves as a networking tool for Virginia’s growing Asian business community, which includes 37 ethnic groups.

The other award winners for business excellence were:

• Zia Islam, president and CEO of Zantech IT Services Inc., received the Business of the Year award. The McLean-based company was ranked No. 21 on Inc. magazine’s list of the 500 fastest-growing companies in the nation.

• Dolly Oberoi, the founder and president of C² Technologies Inc., received the Vanguard Award. The Vienna-based company provides training/e-learning, information technology/software development, and strategic communications. It has more than 22 locations with about 400 employees.

The other award winners were:

• Gov. Bob McDonnell, who received the Economic Visionary Award.

• Vicki Rivers with Richmond’s Office of Minority Business Enterprise, who received the Champion of Business Diversity Award.

• Virginia Board, the managing director of community affairs and philanthropy and president of The Dominion Foundation, who received the Champion of Community Stewardship Award.

• Peter Bacqué, a business reporter for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, who received the Champion of Business Journalism Award.

• C. Kim Nguyen with the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, who received the Asian Leadership Inspirational Award.


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