“Small businesses fuel the American Dream, and their creators bring innovation and growth to our community. The unique products and services they offer provide the foundation for Huntsville’s identity.”
– Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle
The Huntsville/Madison County Chamber is proud to recognize businesses and individuals who make a positive impact on our community through their products, services, and outstanding leadership during the annual Small Business Awards Gala. It’s one of the largest events of the year where 1,000 members of the community gather to celebrate more than 100 of the leading small businesses, entrepreneurs, young professionals and nonprofits in the Tennessee Valley!
This year's Small Business Awards will take place during Music Month in the City of Huntsville! We are pleased to share that our emcees for the evening will be Victoria Jones, Huntsville singer/songwriter, and Matt Mandrella, the City's Music Officer.
Huntsville native, Victoria Jones, is a prolific singer/songwriter with works produced by Canita Rogers, Johnny Okwu and Grammy Award-winning producer, Kelvin Wooten. Victoria brings a wealth of knowledge in artist development, community events and strategic programming. Victoria serves as Community Partnerships manager of The Orion Amphitheater where she manages brand partnerships and works to curate cultural events and festivals that amplify the local community. Additionally, she has served as an esteemed juror / grant panelist across local and State Councils benefitting the Arts. Inspired by life, people and the world around her, Victoria enjoys leadership roles that edify communities and uplift everyday people.
Matt Mandrella Huntsville Music Officer
The Huntsville Music Office serves to create a more dynamic music environment that supports and strengthens Huntsville’s growing economy, attracts visitors and enhances the quality of life for current residents. It nurtures the city’s music ecosystem through advocacy, policy and strategic planning initiatives focused towards ensuring that our thriving music sector reaches its full potential. As Huntsville’s Music Officer, Matt Mandrella advocates for the City’s growing music sector and help oversee music-related strategic planning initiatives and economic opportunities. Prior to relocating to Huntsville in January 2022, Mandrella worked at Elvis Presley’s Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee. There, he was involved with all aspects of marketing for the iconic Graceland campus and for Graceland Live, a new music venture with Live Nation focused on bringing renowned touring acts to venues at the property. Before working at Graceland, Mandrella spent more than a decade in one of the nation’s foremost music cities – Austin, Texas – where he worked for a variety of different venues, festivals and companies involved with booking and promoting live music across the USA such as Fun Fun Fun Fest, Mohawk, SXSW and Do512 (DoStuff Media). Mandrella originally hails from the Mobile area and earned his bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of South Alabama.