CCAA-BCA Partnership Names Alabama Small Business and Emerging Business Award Winners
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (Dec. 7, 2018) – The Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama and the Business Council of Alabama today announced the twelve “Alabama Small Business of the Year” and “Emerging Small Business of the Year” award winners during the CCAA-BCA annual meeting here.
Winners were awarded at three levels, Gold Award, Silver Award and Bronze Award in four different categories, Emerging, 1-10 employees, 11-50 employees and 51-100 employees.
In the Emerging category the Gold Award recipient was Rack and Reel Sports Grill, LLC located in Camden. MRaine Industries, LLC located in Autaugaville was recognized with the Silver Award. The Bronze Award recipient was West Avenue Boutique located in Trussville.
In the 1-10 employee category the Gold Award recipient was Sandra Nickel Hat Team Realtors located in Montgomery. The recipient of the Silver Award was Sawyer Solutions located in Pelham. Horizon Point Consulting, Inc. located in Decatur was the recipient of the Bronze Award.
The 11-50 employee category the Gold Award recipient was Campbell Hardware and Sporting Goods located in Robertsdale. Recognized as the Silver Award recipient was Brown Studio Architecture located in Montgomery. The Bronze Award recipient was J. R.’s Lawnmower Shop located in Opp.
In the 51-100 employee category the Gold Award recipient was River Bank and Trust out of Prattville. The Silver Award recipient was LSINC Corporation in Huntsville, and Thames Batre’ located in Mobile was recognized as the Bronze Award recipient.
“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 43 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 Pediatric Therapy, Gadsden; ELSAJA, Montgomery; Ross House Coffee, Auburn; Southern Ale House, Tuscaloosa; Forge, Birmingham; The Honeysuckle Café’, Rogersville; Traditions of Athens, Athens and Vinehouse Nursery, Alabaster.
The “Alabama Small Business of the Year” finalists in the 1-10 employee category were Blue Fish, Mobile; Brindley’s Family Pharmacy, Albertville; Bryant Bank, Trussville; Elite Business Systems, Gadsden; OrangeTheory Fitness, Auburn; Payroll Vault, Mobile; Stock Insurance Agency, Prattville; Ugo-Convenience Delivery, Tuscaloosa and Wyndy, Birmingham.
“Alabama Small Business of the Year” finalists in the 11-50 employee category were A & H Equipment (Ironworks of Alabama), Albertville; ACE All-Stars of Gadsden, Rainbow City; Behind the Glass, Auburn; Complete Cleaners, Trussville; Heritage House, Tuscaloosa; Kentucky Fried Chicken, Selma; LEK Technology Group, LLC, Prattville; o2ideas, Birmingham and Pelham Eye Care, Pelham.
“Alabama Small Business of the Year” finalists in the 51-100 employee category were Christian & Small, Birmingham; Cosmos Restaurant & Bar, Orange Beach; Gilbert & Baugh Ford, Albertville; Publix- Hamilton Place, Auburn and Team One Toyota, Rainbow City.
The Business Council of Alabama is Alabama’s foremost voice for business. The BCA is a non-partisan, statewide business association representing the interests and concerns of nearly 1 million working Alabamians through its member companies and its partnership with the Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama. The BCA is Alabama’s exclusive affiliate to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Manufacturers.
The Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama consists of Chambers of Commerce, their executives and staff, and members of business and community organizations that directly serve chamber of commerce work in Alabama. The CCAA has a long tenure as the preeminent organization serving Chamber of Commerce professionals, and the Chambers of Commerce they represent. The organization exists to strengthen the vital role local Chambers of Commerce play in economic and community development. The CCAA provides its members with exceptional services in the areas of advocacy, professional development, and communication of issues that affect the local business community and is a clearinghouse for business-related information, peer-to-peer networking opportunities and other contacts that serve the needs of local Chamber of Commerce professionals.