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Small Business of the Year luncheon set for April 22
Eleven businesses nominated for honor by the Statesboro-Bulloch County Chamber
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The Small Business Committee of the Statesboro-Bulloch Chamber of Commerce will honor 11 businesses at the annual “Small Business & Entrepreneur of the Year” luncheon at noon on April 22 at R.J's Restaurant.
      “I feel that small business is the backbone of our community,” said Lisa Lee, co-chair of the Small Business Committee.   “These businesses provide specific services and products that are needed and distinctive to our community. The small business owners in Bulloch County pride themselves in taking care of their neighbors and providing excellent customer service. By recognizing these businesses, it shows the impact and importance that the small business owner had on Bulloch County and the surrounding area.”
      The 11 nominees include Americas Finest Gymnastics; Ellis Meat Market; GBH Carrots, LLC; Georgia Power Company; Lewis Color Lithographers; Logan Hagan Welding Supply; Mal-Ad Promotions; Pope Construction Company; St. Andrews Builders; Statesboro Magazine and Thigpen, Lanier, Westerfield & Deal.
      “It is important to note that all ‘large’ businesses started as ‘small’ businesses when they were launched,” said Jamey Cartee, Chairman of the Board of Directors. “That is the essence of American free enterprise – anyone is free to start a business and grow it, if possible. The Chamber is proud to promote small businesses and entrepreneurs through this luncheon.”
      The winners will be selected based upon exemplary business dealings, reputation, creativity, imagination in management, customer service and community involvement.
      “Small Business is the driving force of our economy,” said Russell Rosengart, Chairman of the Small Business Committee. “Independent firms produce over 39% of the Gross National Product with fewer then 500 employees. These firms pay over 45% of all US payrolls and create 2 out of every 3 jobs. The impact small business has on our economy sometimes is overshadowed by current news on large corporations and layoffs, that is why it is so important to remember the large role small business has in America.”
      Call Courtney Mills, director of Chamber programs at (912) 489-9119 or by email at courtneymills@statesboro-chamber.org for your reservations. Tickets are $15 each.