Spearheaded by the chamber’s Small Business Council, the Small Business of the Year award highlights local businesses excelling in their field, or as chamber Chief Operations Officer Ladonna Jordan notes — simply surviving the current economic situation.
“The majority of our membership, probably 80 percent of our membership, are small businesses and I think it’s important, especially in the economy we’ve had the last few years, to recognize and congratulate the businesses who were able to expand, hire more people and in this case sustain during the economy because it has been quite a feat to overcome this economy,” Jordan said. “A lot of small and large businesses have failed, so this is just a small way for the chamber to recognize those businesses that have endured and grown and continue to be a huge asset to this community.”
There are only a few basic requirements for businesses to be considered for Small Business of the Year. Businesses must be chamber members, must have no more than 50 employees, cannot have won the award in the past five years and must have been in business for at least three years.
“To recognize the Small Business of the Year is recognizing a company that works hard, is consistent and has a vision for Bartow County and beyond,” said Chuck Nida, Small Business Council chair-elect. “First of all, contact me or Ladonna and see if you meet the criteria. If so, just answer the questions for the award in detail. Take it serious, do it in a nice format. If we can’t read it, we can’t judge it. Be specific, be detailed and submit it. By doing that, you’ll be recognized as a nominee at the banquet.”
Nominations are due by Monday, Nov. 19, and the winner will be announced at the annual meeting on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013.
Anyone can nominate a business for the award or businesses may nominate themselves. Nida urges business owners to consider nominating themselves as an opportunity to gain notoriety and credibility.
“Being an award winner, it gives credibility to the organization. It adds a value and a prestige. The other thing that it does is allow for promotional marketing opportunities down the road with potential customers,” Nida said. “You could take advantage of that and say, ‘I was the 2012 winner of the Small Business of the Year award.’ And that automatically causes people to think that you’re a company that is serious about what they do, they take pride in it and you’re committed to your clients.”
For more information, visit www.cartersvillechamber.com, contact Jordan at 770-382-1466 or Nida at 770-386-6304.