In 1982, the Small Business of the Year awards were established to honor the important role that small businesses play in the Cobb community and the economy. In 2004, the Top 25 small business were also showcased as the exceptional companies that keep Cobb influential and thriving. By 2012, the Small Business Hall of Fame was created to shine a spotlight on the growing number of businesses that continue to set the standard for small businesses very high.
Nominations are accepted annually, giving the community a chance to recognize and further support their local businesses. Nominees must complete an application based on the Small Business Administration standards demonstrating achievement in growth, community involvement, employee benefits and adversity among other criteria. An independent panel of judges comprised of composed of business and community leaders reviews the applications. The judges select the Top 25 and from amongst the Top 25, the Small Business of the Year winner. The overall winner continues on to participate in the state small business of the year competition.
Celebrate with us and our sponsors at the June 2, 2014 First Monday Breakfast to recognize the 2014 Small Business of the Year winner, the Top 25 Small Businesses of the Year and the Small Business Hall of Fame inductees.
For more information about the Small Business of the Year awards or to become a sponsor, contact Tya Dawson at (770) 859-2341 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: What if I am unsure of the size or any information about the company I would like to nominate? Should I still nominate them?
A: Yes. Nominate the company anyway. The company will be asked to verify their size and additional information on the application. Even if the company for some reason does not meet the criteria, the company will appreciate the recognition of the nomination itself.
Q: What if the company is not a Chamber member?
A: If the company nominated is not a Chamber member, the company must become a Chamber member if they are chosen for a position in the “Top 25” by the (anonymous) judges.