Here’s San Francisco’s businesswoman of the year

An Excellence in Business award for the chief operating officer of Center Hardware.

The Ebbie goes to ... Jamie Gentner of Center Hardware.

The slogan – or brand promise -- of San Francisco hardware and building supply dealer Center Hardware says a lot about the company: “Whether you need a single light bulb, or bulbs for the entire Bay Bridge, we have your back.”

And that approach to customer service and inventory capacity has led to recognition from the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, which presented Center Hardware’s Chief Operating Officer Jamie Gentner with the Businesswoman of the Year Award.

The award was part of the chamber’s 26th annual Excellence in Business (Ebbies) Awards.

More than a quarter century ago, the Chamber created the Ebbies to honor San Francisco businesses for their innovation, to celebrate their vision, and publicly appreciate their contributions to their employees and our community.

“The Ebbies recognize companies and individuals that reflect our city’s vast geographical, professional and individual differences. But together we are the collective engine fueling our local economy, keeping our city strong and helping to create a culture that is so uniquely San Francisco.” said Tallia Hart, President & CEO of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce. “This year’s winners reflect that diversity, representing small business, entrepreneurship, technology and the non-profit sector. Our honorees are using their passion and persistence to develop solutions for some of the biggest problems our city faces, and pushing San Francisco’s vibrant economy to greater heights.”

In addition to Jamie Gentner, other winners of the 2017 Ebbies awards include:

Building San Francisco Award: Mercy Housing

Businesswoman of the Year Award: Jamie Gentner of Center Hardware

Economic Development Award: SPUR

Innovation through Technology Award: SafeBreach

Small Business of the Year Award: Zebra Awning Company, Inc.

Sustainability Award: Omni San Francisco Hotel

Excellence in Business Award: Lyft

Here’s how Center Hardware describes itself on its home page: “A local, family-owned business, Keith Gentner and his daughter, Jamie, now run and operate Center Hardware. The father-daughter team is committed to continuing Center Hardware’s esteemed reputation and extensive product lines that have served the Bay Area for generations.”

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