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Coldwell Banker/Tanner Realty named Small Business of the Year
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Jack Conner of Coldwell Banker Tanner Realty accepts the top award during Wednesday's 2008 Small Business of the Year awards luncheon at R.J.'s Seafood and Steaks. - photo by SCOTT BRYANT/staff
    Coldwell Banker/Tanner Realty was named the 2008 Small Business of the Year by the Statesboro-Bulloch Chamber of Commerce during their annual awards luncheon at RJ's Seafood & Steaks Wednesday.
    Jack Conner, owner of Tanner Realty, accepted the award on behalf of his office after an introduction by 2007 award winner, Devra Walker from Walker Pharmacy.
    “I really owe this award to all the agents and staff. They worked hard in the past year and they really make me proud to be part of the organization,” said Conner.
    Conner also took the time to recognize the three other businesses nominated by the Small Business Committee, which includes Olive Branch Design and Landscape, Sonic and the Statesboro School of Dance.
    “I also want to thank the chamber, Ms. Peggy (Chapman) and all the staff," said Conner. "If you’re not involved with the Chamber, if you get involved, it will really open your eyes to see that they are the real life force behind the community that’s been so good to all of us.”
    Brian Glenn, chairman of the Chamber’s Small Business Committee, said the Chamber sends out an email to all of its members and asks them to vote for a nominee for the award. Then the ultimate winner is selected by the committee.
    “The company image and community involvement" are the main criteria used by the committee to select a winner.  
    "That they portray a good business atmosphere and do a good job throughout the community” is also important, said Glenn.
    The entertaining keynote speech was given by Lori Durden, administrative director of the Small Business Development Center at Georgia Southern University.
    Conner said getting the award from fellow members of the chamber made it that much more special.
    “It certainly makes you feel better when you realize that it’s been voted on by your peers,” said Conner.

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