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.
Applications are accepted annually, giving the community a chance to recognize and further support their local businesses and startup companies. Applications are 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.
To celebrate Cobb’s brightest business stars and up-and-coming businesses, the Cobb Chamber expanded its Small Business of the Year program to include a new award category—the Businesses To Watch. These businesses are on the rise—achieving incredible growth while launching just 3 years ago or less.
For more information about the Small Business of the Year awards or to become a sponsor, contact Katie Henderson at 770 859-2344 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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