Two local businesses honored by state business council

Published 7:22 pm Friday, December 15, 2017

The Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama and the Business Council of Alabama recently announced the three “Alabama Small Business of the Year” and “Emerging Small Business of the Year” award winners during the CCAA-BCA annual meeting here.

The winner in the 1-10 employee category is Red Sage Communications of Decatur. The winner in the 11-50 employee category is Island Air Conditioning and Heating of Orange Beach, and the winner in the 51-100 employee category is the Montgomery eatery, Chappy’s Deli.

Alabama Sawyer of Birmingham is the winner in the “Emerging Small Business of the Year” category.

David Oliver with Dave’s Market was nominated in the Alabama Small Business of the Year category for businesses with 51-100 employees. He is shown with Sheryl Smedley from the Selma and Dallas County Chamber of Commerce and other CCAA and BCA officials.

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“Alabama’s Small Business of the Year” awards presented annually by the BCA and the CCAA recognize small businesses in employee-number based categories. They are considered to be the state’s very best small businesses based on a variety of civic and professional standards. The Emerging Small Business of the Year award is the fourth award given each year.

This year 45 small businesses were named as finalists for “Alabama’s Small Business of the Year” awards. All of the award finalists were recognized and honored at the CCAA/BCA Partnership Annual Meeting/Luncheon at The Harbert Center in Birmingham.

In 2003, the grassroots efforts of CCAA were strengthened when The Partnership was formed between the BCA and the CCAA. The BCA/CCAA Partnership is the first of its kind in the United States and has become a model for other states. Together, the two groups represent the interests and concerns of over 1 million working Alabamians.

In the “Emerging Small Business of the Year” category – operating less than 5 years – the finalists in alphabetical order were Alabama Sawyer, Birmingham; Brik Realty, Trussville; Cobbwebs, Monroeville; Glover Media Group, LLC, Prattville; Mainstreet Family Urgent Care, Valley; Olympic Sports, LLC, Albertville; River Paws Pet Resort, Montgomery; Singin’ River Brewery Company, Florence; State Farm Insurance – Brittani Morris, Agent, Alabaster; True40, Auburn; and Yoga Aims Studio, Gadsden.

The “Alabama Small Business of the Year” finalists in the 1-10 employee category were Allstar Graphix, LLC, Lanett; Associated Business Services, Montgomery; Bryant Bank, Trussville; C King Benefit Auctions, LLC, Gadsden; Cherry Street BBQ, Monroeville; Frames N Things, Selma; Harper Technologies, LLC, Mobile; The Marcus Agency, Birmingham; Red Sage Communications, Inc., Decatur; Rux Carter Insurance Agency, Columbiana; Teresa’s Bar-B-Que, Bay Minette; and, The Trading Post Western & Outdoors, Albertville.

“Alabama Small Business of the Year” finalists in the 11-50 employee category were 280 Animal Medical Center, Westover; 3 Echoes Productions, Mobile; Complete Cleaners, Trussville; Hall’s RV, Albertville; Honda of Jasper, Jasper; Island Air Conditioning & Heating, Orange Beach; Kinetic Communications, Birmingham; Lee Marketing Group, Dadeville; Lee Motor Company, Monroeville; Logobranders, Inc., Montgomery; Personnel Staffing, Inc., Gadsden; and, Total Dental Care, Guntersville.

“Alabama Small Business of the Year” finalists in the 51-100 employee category were 3 GIS, Decatur; Acre, Auburn; Bob Woodall Air Care Systems, Inc., Dothan; Chappy’s Deli, Montgomery; David Oliver Company, LLC, Valley Grande; Hammer, Inc., Monroeville; McDowell Security, Pelham; One Stop Environmental, LLC, Birmingham; ProPac Images, Inc., Albertville; and, Tre Ragazzi’s Italian Café, Gadsden.