Members of the Rockford Chamber Commerce gathered at Franchesco's Wednesday to honor local small businesses.
Local architecture firm Larson & Darby Group took home the 2013 Small Business of the Year Award for its successes in energy efficient projects like FHN's multi-boiler system.
Along with lunch, local small business owners also got some tips on how to handle business in today's economy.
"Obviously we've been in some challenging economic times as of late, and so we want to stimulate some thinking amongst our small business owners as ways to think outside of the box for their business," Rockford Chamber of Commerce President Einar Forsman said.
About 150 businesses attended the luncheon.