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Triangle Rock Club named regional finalist for U.S. Chamber of Commerce award

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce named Triangle Rock Club as one of seven regional finalists for its annual DREAM BIG Small Business of the Year Award.

Triangle Rock Club was recognized as the finalist in the Southeastern region.

The finalists, selected from 100 Blue Ribbon Small Business Award winners, stood out among companies from across the country for their exceptional business practices and community involvement, according to a Chamber press release.

The Chamber will recognize the finalists and Blue Ribbon Award winners at the 11th annual America’s Small Business Summit in June in Washington, D.C.

During the summit, one finalist will receive the DREAM BIG Small Business of the Year Award, which includes a $10,000 cash prize

“Businesses today, especially small businesses, face a number of challenges they must overcome to grow and succeed,” U.S. Chamber President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue said. “But our finalists faced those challenges head-on, and by working hard, taking risks, and giving back to their communities, proved that success is possible.”

Andrew Kratz and Joel Graybeal, owners of the company with climbing facilities in Morrisville, Fayetteville and North Raleigh, were also named about a year ago the 2014 U.S. Small Business Administration’s North Carolina Small Business Persons of the Year.

Kratz and Luis Jauregui started Triangle Rock Club in Morrisville in 2007.

Graybeal, a former banker who met the business partners while taking classes at the gym, became a managing partner in 2011.