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Small Business of the Year

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.

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 award. These businesses are on the rise—achieving incredible growth while launching just 3 years ago or less.

Congratulations 2021 Top 30!

We're expanding our Small Businesses of the Year Awards program for 2021. After a year that tested our small businesses at every level, we are so proud of the perseverance, ingenuity, and flat-out determination of our entrepreneurs. We are expanding our Top 25 Small Businesses of the Year to a Top 30.

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  • Comply with the US Small Business Administration’s size standards.
  • The applicant must be the owner, partner or major shareholder of the business, and active in its day-to-day operations.
  • The business must be financially stable and operational for a minimum of three years with the exception of the Businesses to Watch which is less than three years.
  • Businesses must be a member of the Cobb Chamber of Commerce at the time the award is presented.


  • Businesses to Watch (start-up company in business less than three years, not a buy-out of an existing company)
  • Small Business of the Year (must be a stand-alone, for-profit business not associated with or owned by any non-profit entity.)


  • Business Growth and Performance
  • Business Challenges
  • Unique and Innovative Approaches
  • Community Involvement and Contribution
  • Company Culture
  • Employee Relations


  • After reviewing all applications, an evaluation team will choose a top 25 and from that group the top 5 finalists will continue on in the competition.
  • Top 5 finalists will be presented to the judges’ panel for final judging, which will include an on-site visit. The winner will be announced at the Small Business of the Year


For more information about the Small Business of the Year awards or to become a sponsor, contact Jani Dix at 770-859-2335 or