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Accepting Nominations for Small Business of the Year Award


sbclogo(March 7, 2013) April The Stanly Community College (SCC) Small Business Center (SBC) and the Stanly County Chamber of Commerce are accepting nominations for the 2013 Small Business of the Year Award.

“The Stanly County Chamber of Commerce is honored that Stanly Community College is again sponsoring our Small Business of the Year Award. We recognize that the majority of the businesses in our county are classified as small businesses and it is always enlightening to see them recognized for their tenacity, motivation, and entrepreneurship. This award, and other partnerships that we have created with SCC’s Small Business Center, has been most beneficial in enhancing economic development in Stanly County,” explains Tom Ramseur, President and CEO of the Stanly County Chamber of Commerce.

The Small Business of the Year Award will be presented at the 2013 Stanly County Chamber of Commerce/SBC Small Business of the Year luncheon on Monday, May 13th at 12:00 p.m. at the Stanly Regional Medical Center’s Family & Education Center.  Ticket prices are $15 and include a full buffet lunch which may be obtained by contacting the Chamber.

Each finalist will be recognized during the event with one business being selected as the overall Small Business of the Year.

All businesses with 50 or fewer employees are eligible to apply or be nominated. All applicants must be current members of the Stanly County Chamber of Commerce to be eligible. Criteria for judging will be based upon the following: Stability and Growth; Innovation; Response to Challenge; and Community Service.

The Small Business Center will conduct a three-hour seminar right after the event called “Creating Raving Fans and Repeat Business” with noted trainer and author, Martin Brossman. The seminar will be a free event.

SCC President Dr. Kays notes, “Small business is the economic engine that makes our community thrive.  Small businesses provide 55% of all jobs in the United States, and they play a vital role in generating employment opportunities for our graduating students.  Stanly Community College is very appreciative of the roll we play in honoring the 2013 Small Business of the Year.”

Business owners, employees, customers, or clients are eligible to submit nominations.   Self-nomination is encouraged.  Business owners may submit their applications to the Chamber office at (704) 982-8116 or email sgresham@stanlychamber.org.  Applications can also be sent to SCC’s Small Business Center at (704) 991-0182 or email tgeorge5857@stanly.edu.

The deadline for nominations and/or applications is Friday, April 5, 2013 at 5:00 p.m.  Applications are available here or on the Chamber’s website at www.stanlychamber.org.

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