Cobb Chamber of Commerce

Chamber Information

News

ARTICLE

Date ArticleType
5/10/2021 SBOY
CROFT & Associates Named 2021 Small Business of the Year

Today, the Cobb Chamber named CROFT & Associates the 2021 Small Business of the Year at the its Small Business of the Year Awards event, presented by LOUD Security Systems, Inc. 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.

Competitive Application and Selection Process
To be considered for the Top 30 Small Businesses of Year, each hopeful candidate submits an application to the Cobb Chamber. The applicants must prove an increase in sales or unit volume, provide examples of innovation, discuss adversity and challenges, and thoroughly detail their community involvement. Applications are analyzed and considered by a group of independent community business leaders and affiliates of the U.S. Small Business Administration.

After all of the submitted applications are judged and rated, five finalists are selected based on their numerical score. The five finalists are then put through a second step in the application process – a site visit by an independent panel of judges. The visit is meant to be a fresh, in-person opportunity to present the ideals, practices, values and day-to-day operations discussed in their initial application.

2021 Top 30 Small Businesses of the Year
The Cobb Chamber honored the following Top 30 Small Businesses at the 2021 Small Business of the Year Awards:

41South Creative

Innovation Compounding

All Roof Solutions, Inc.

InPrime Legal

AQC Traffic Control Services, LLC

Manay CPA, Inc.

CFO Navigator

Mills Specialty Metals, LLC

CROFT & Associates

Powers Electrical Solutions, Inc.

Darden & Company

Priority Jet, LLC

Deluxe Athletics, LLC

Prodew, Inc.

DynamiX

RE/MAX PURE

Eclipse Networks

SK Commercial Realty

Four Hats, Inc.

SpeedPro Marietta

Georgia Trade School

The Janice Overbeck Real Estate Team

Governors Gun Club

The Partnership of Atlanta, Inc.

GreenMellen

The UPS Store Smyrna

Henry’s Louisiana Grill, Inc.

Win-Tech, Inc.

HR Knowledge Source

Yalo!

 

Small Business Hall of Fame
The 2020 Small Business of the Year, Three-13 Salon, Spa & Boutique, was also honored during the awards program. The reigning small business of the year is inducted into the Small Business Hall of Fame, which includes all county and state winners of the Small Business of the Year award from Cobb County since 1982. The full list of Small Business Hall of Fame honorees can be found at www.cobbchamber.org/sboy.

2021 Businesses to Watch
In order to recognize the impressive accomplishments of many new Cobb businesses, the Cobb Chamber expanded its Small Business of the Year program to include the Businesses To Watch awards presentation. These are businesses that have launched less than three years ago and have already achieved substantial growth. The 2021 Businesses To Watch are:

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

Sponsors for the 2021 Small Businesses of the Year awards included Marquee Sponsor, Superior Plumbing; Presenting Sponsors, LOUD Security Systems and S.A. White Oil Company; Businesses to Watch Sponsor, Comcast; Award Sponsor, Fifth Third Bank; Hall of Fame Sponsor, UGA Small Business Development Center at KSU; Gold Sponsors, Three-13 Salon, Spa, & Boutique, the Janice Overbeck Real Estate Team, The Partnership of Atlanta, Eclipse Networks, Manay CPA, Inc., Yalo!, and Play, LLC.; Silver Sponsors, Gaskins and The Service Fort; Host Sponsor, Coca-Cola Roxy Theatre; Catering Sponsor, Delaware North; Production Sponsor, Next Page Event Services; and Tables Sponsor, Peachtree Tents & Events.