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Croft & Associates

The Cobb Chamber named Croft & Associates the 2021 Small Business of the Year at the its Small Business of the Year Awards event on May 10, presented by LOUD Security Systems and S.A. White Oil Company.

Established in 2004, CROFT & Associates is an award-winning, national, multi-disciplinary architecture and engineering firm that serves clients across diverse public and private sectors. Licensed in 42 states, but with active projects around the world, its key market sectors include education, church, local and state government, federal, mission critical, industrial and commercial, mixed use, hospitality, retail and residential.

“We attribute our business success to the daily pursuit of our mission and a commitment to our values,” shared Stacey Chapman, Vice President of CROFT, in the company’s Small Business of the Year Awards application. “We are dedicated to utilizing our insight to create sustainable solutions that capture each client’s vision while providing an environment that grows our people and positively impacts our community.”

The CROFT team is dedicated to finding the best possible solution for its clients, partners and employees’ needs, which has created a culture that breeds creativity and ingenuity. Over the years, CROFT has evolved its services and practices to help seamlessly bridge the design side with construction. CROFT project managers guide designs through the build process and maintain engagement with the construction team through the project’s finish. This practice is not typical for the industry and has become a CROFT signature.

A local standout project for the CROFT team in 2020 was Cobb County’s Fire Station #7. CROFT provided full architectural and engineering design on the 17,200 sq. ft. fire station, which will serve as Cobb Fire’s primary technical training facility for rope and climbing rescue. This facility is being constructed as a replacement on the current site of the existing fire station #7, which has served the surrounding community for over 40 years.

Other recent projects included the Cobb County Health Department, Cobb County Medical Examiner’s Office, Cobb County Police Headquarters at Point Cloud, Cobb County Fire Annex, Tim D. Lee Cobb County Senior Center, North Cobb Christian Upper School, the Cobb County Police Vehicle Evidence Center and the Kennesaw Recreation Center.

As the Chamber’s 2021 Small Business of the Year, CROFT & Associates will compete in the state’s small business of the year competition.

 

2021 Top 30 Small Businesses of the Year

Congratulations to the following companies who were recently named the 2021 Top 30 Small Businesses of the Year. Read more on these companies below.

41South Creative
All Roof Solutions, Inc.
AQC Traffic Control Services, LLC
CFO Navigator
CROFT & Associates
Darden & Company
Deluxe Athletics, LLC
DynamiX
Eclipse Networks
Four Hats Inc.
Georgia Trade School
Governors Gun Club
GreenMellen
Henry's Louisiana Grill, Inc.
HR Knowledge Source
Innovation Compounding
InPrime Legal
Manay CPA Inc.
Mills Specialty Metals, LLC
Powers Electrical Solutions, Inc.
Priority Jet, LLC
Prodew Inc.
RE/MAX PURE
SK Commercial Realty
SpeedPro Marietta
The Janice Overbeck Real Estate Team
The Partnership of Atlanta, Inc.
The UPS Store Smyrna
Win-Tech, Inc.
Yalo!

 


2021 Businesses to Watch

The Businesses to Watch are Cobb’s brightest business stars and up-and-coming businesses—achieving incredible growth while launching just 3 years ago or less. Congratulations to the following companies:

Abernathy Ditzel Hendrick Bryce, LLC
American Axes
Neighborhood Cuisine & Provisions
The Dwell Collective

 

Top 30 Profiles

41South Creative

41South Creative is an environmental graphics, signage, and design company headquartered in Marietta. This small firm of 25 full-time team members is made up of creatives, analysts, artists, organizers, makers, and doers. They have served clients throughout Georgia and the Southeast for more than 20 years, providing everything from creative consultation, design, production, and installation across a wide variety of mediums.


All Roof Solutions, Inc.

All Roof Solutions is a local roofing company with over 30 years of experience. Honesty, quality, dependability, and customer service are the main pillars of their business—and dedicated project managers offer personalized services to ensure delivery on every one of their promises.


AQC Traffic Control Services, LLC

AQC Traffic Control, LLC provides a range of temporary traffic control services, supporting utility projects, entertainment industry, public events, tree trimming operations and other construction that impact roadways. AQC offers quality service using certified employees and management, traffic control plans and rentals. They pride themselves on being responsive, safety-minded, professional and competitively priced.


CFO Navigator

CFO Navigator strives to bring "Wall Street" worthy financial expertise to local, small businesses and non-profits. Funding a full-time, experienced CFO is out of reach for most small companies, yet the ability to understand and interpret the business numbers can mean the difference between success and failure. CFO Navigator partners with these organizations to bring CPAs with years of experience to their teams.



CROFT & Associates

CROFT is an award-winning, national, multi-disciplinary architecture and engineering firm that serves clients across diverse public and private sectors. Licensed in 42 states, but with active projects around the world, its key market sectors include education, church, local and state government, federal, mission critical, industrial and commercial, mixed use, hospitality, retail and residential. They are dedicated to utilizing their insight to create sustainable solutions that capture each client's vision while providing an environment that grows people and positively impacts the community.


Darden & Company

While Darden & Company has experience in many aspects of real estate, they focus the majority of their efforts on project management. They manage small and large projects, but are committed to delivering the same level of service no matter what the size. Darden believes in scheduling, budgeting, and quality: the three keys to any successful development.


Deluxe Athletics, LLC

Deluxe Athletics is an organization which has the unique capability to self-perform many different aspects of athletic construction projects, handling projects of any size with all aspects of design and planning through execution and customer service under one roof. Deluxe Athletics provides its clients a full turn-key operation of athletic facility construction, focusing on synthetic and natural turf, running tracks, bleachers, scoreboards, netting and other facility amenities.


DynamiX

DynamiX develops innovative, class-leading websites for customers via an exclusive software, Octane™. They’ve spent the past 16 years building the hard way, pushing the envelope on what technology allows for with a unifying vision of creating the last website that their customers will ever need. In the process, they’ve won over 1,200 awards and helped hundreds of businesses to succeed and thrive.


Eclipse Networks, Inc.

Eclipse Networks provides small businesses with technology support and solutions, preventing and alleviating IT issues so that teams can focus on what they do best and thereby grow their business. Small business benefits of utilizing Eclipse Networks include having a talented and responsive outsourced IT department, virtual CIO for business strategy and design, and affordable cloud hosing services in their own local private cloud data center.


Four Hats Inc.

Four Hats, Inc. provides traffic control services to the Georgia electrical, water and gas utility infrastructure market. They provide the equipment, expertise and experience to create sate work zones. A focus on customer service supported by expertise sets them apart. Four Hats’ pride is found in jobs created and having succeeded to date in becoming the value company in the market.


Georgia Trade School

Georgia Trade School is one of the nation's most critically acclaimed welding institutions whose graduates touch some of Atlanta's most significant economic developments. From construction projects, including Truist Park, the Battery Atlanta, Ponce City Market, Aria and Mercedes Benz Stadium, to transit projects, like the 285/400 expansion, and work on sets, from Stranger Things to Tyler Perry studios. Nationally, their reach includes the defense and aerospace industries from the largest Naval shipbuilder to rocker launch pads. With 1000 graduates across 20 states, they are truly "Rebuilding America".


Governors Gun Club

Governors Gun Club offers members a chance to join, belong, and connect to a friendly and welcoming community of like-minded shooting enthusiasts. Their premier facilities located in Powder Springs and Kennesaw offer exclusive shooting, dining, retail and training experience, in addition to private and public events. Governors’ mission is to provide superior retail services and products to their customers, a motivating team-oriented workplace, and a premier shooting sports facility of an unmatched indoor recreational experience.


GreenMellen

GreenMellen began organically as the collaboration between a web developer (Mickey Mellen) and graphic designer (Ali Green). In the decade since, GreenMellen has grown into a digital marketing agency, serving over 150 active clients. Their ultimate goal is to build a brighter web through ethical marketing practices.


Henry's Louisiana Grill, Inc.

Henry's Louisiana Grill's award-winning cuisine combines the best of Chef Henry's culinary background, resulting in a fusion of authentic flavors rooted in Cajun, Creole and Southern food. Chef's generous plates are paired with a full bar, welcoming service and a spirited, festive atmosphere that brings you straight to the Louisiana Bayou. Their brand also extends to catering, private events and bottled dressings and sauces.


HR Knowledge Source

HR Knowledge Source is a progressive woman-owned, faith-based HR consulting firm that established its roots in Cobb County in 2013. They help clients throughout the world create alignment between their workforces and business operations, and have the expertise and experience, in a variety of industries, that companies want when tackling tough employee issues. Known for developing authentic relationships, HRKS ensure that trust and open communication are the cornerstones of Client partnerships.


Innovation Compounding

Innovation Compounding is a compounding pharmacy that supports over 7,000 prescribers, 70,000+ patients and annually provides 100,000 prescriptions across the nation. They commit to individualized pharmaceutical care through being relentless in their drive for personalized medicine, compassionate toward their patients and doctors, and being a Wellness Advocate for their patients' lives and state of wellbeing.


InPrime Legal

InPrime Legal helps small to midsized businesses gain the confidence and peace of mind to scale and scale big because they have an entire legal team on their side, with a range of specialties from employment law to company structure, at a predictable monthly fee and focused entirely on their growth. They have changed the traditional law firm model to be proactive instead of reactive and to help their clients proactively eliminate and reduce little legal issues before they become big legal problems.


Manay CPA Inc.

Established in 2017, Manay CPA aims to empower entrepreneurs with new business ideas by creating a global business development platform for investors and start-ups. Manay’s staff is composed of professionals specialized in start-up consulting, business plan development, new business formation, financial and retirement planning, tax planning, and financial statement preparation, CPA financial statement review for VC investors, and business valuation.


Mills Specialty Metals, LLC

Mills Specialty Metals is a full-scale architectural metal contractor that provides, design, drafting, fabrication and installation of any custom metal need in a commercial or residential application. Their products include custom patinas, blackened steel, copper patina on steel, mirrored bras and mirrored stainless steel.


Powers Electrical Solutions, Inc.

Established in 2012 and based in Smyrna, Powers Electrical Solutions provides electrical service to residential and commercial customers in the metro Atlanta area. They perform all facets of residential and commercial electrical service - troubleshoot and repair, install wiring and fixtures; design and install interior, exterior and landscape lighting; electrical panels; and install and maintain generators. Powers has also recently been certified a Tesla Electrical Vehicle Installer.


Priority Jet, LLC

This year, Priority Jet will celebrate its 20th year as a full-service aviation consulting and aircraft management company. Priority Jet moved to Cobb County in 2019 to position itself as the premier turbine maintenance solution at Cobb County International Airport. Working closely with airport officials, Priority Jet has exceeded customer service expectations in both private air charter & turbine aircraft maintenance. The Priority Jet Leadership team credits the superior talent and ethics of its family of employees for its success.


Prodew Inc.

This Marietta-based misting and humidification manufacturer was founded by two engineers who realized the business potential of providing innovative products together with competitive pricing and excellent customer service. The current Prodew team consists of around 50 employees, including marketing, sales, engineering, production, installation, and serving customers in over 40 countries. Aguair was established in 2017 by Prodew for non-retail, large-scale applications. With the COVID-19 pandemic, Prodew and Aguair pivoted their sanitization equipment for use in public spaces including schools, offices, hospitality, and retail.


RE/MAX PURE

Whether buying or selling a home, the carefully-crafted Wendy Bunch Team boats stellar customer service, cutting-edge and innovative service, and specialized negotiating contracts and marketing property with a devoted "clients first" philosophy. Wendy and her team operate out of a boutique storefront gallery on the Historic Marietta Square. Their dedication to customer service excellence yields a positive experience for everyone.


SK Commercial Realty

Creating value through meaningful relationships and a commitment to excellence and integrity are the guiding forces that have enabled SK Commercial Realty to become one of the top commercial brokerage firms in the Southeast. Founded in 1985 by Hugh Scott, Jr. and headquartered adjacent to The Battery Atlanta in Cobb County, the firm's one-stop shop approach delivers a comprehensive umbrella of commercial real estate services, including agency leasing tor office properties, tenant representation, industrial services and land sales, healthcare real estate, project consulting, property and asset management, and investment sales.


SpeedPro Marietta

SpeedPro Marietta provides graphic printing and signage. Through their consultative approach, they focus on delivering accurate, high quality products in a timely manner to every customer. Their products and services bring visibility to a business, organization, or entity. SpeedPro also helps their customers with design and installation, delivering a turnkey product or service.


The Janice Overbeck Real Estate Team

The Janice Overbeck Real Estate Team is a real estate group aligned with Keller Williams serving the Metro-Atlanta and surrounding areas. They are staffed with both buying and listing specialists, a full­time office staff constantly working to market clients’ homes, listing and transaction coordinators and an office manager. They bring expert knowledge and experience, blended with the latest technology and a well-defined marketing plan. Proven through record breaking sales numbers, they constantly deliver top of the line client experience and rock-solid results.


The Partnership of Atlanta, Inc.

One of Atlanta's top 25 marketing agencies, The Partnership is a fully integrated, full-service marketing, branding and digital communications agency. Founded in 1979, the company is the oldest privately-held woman-owned agency in Atlanta. The award-winning company serves clients locally, nationally and internationally and offers web design and development, branding, creative, digital, paid media, strategic planning and public relations/crisis communications services.


The UPS Store Smyrna

The UPS Store Smyrna is locally owned and offers a wide range of products and services designed specifically to help and support small business owners in the local community. In addition to packing and shipping, they are committed to helping small businesses reach their goals by providing resources including, notary service, printing services, private mailbox rental with a real street address, scanning and shredding services and reverse logistics.


Win-Tech, Inc.

Win-Tech is an aerospace machine shop specializing in custom parts manufacturing for the defense industry and commercial companies. Win-Tech has received safety awards from the National Tooling and Machining Association, and received the 2011 Supplier of the Year Award from Lockheed Martin.


Yalo!

In Fiji, Yalo means soul—and Yalo’s mission is to unleash the soul of their clients' brand. They draw inspiration from film, art, music and sports to tap into real, human experiences to elevate these brands. Yalo delivers a wide range and variety of creative and content marketing activities for their clients, including websites, campaigns, events, sales materials, videos, print and anything in between.