Small Business Finalists Recognized

Four finalists for the 2014 Small Business of the Year were recognized by a recent visit from Stanly County Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Kathy Almond and Stanly Community College’s Small Business Center Director Frank Tamberelli.

In October, The Naked Pig Meat Company (Oakboro) was honored at a luncheon as the winner of the 2014 Small Business of the Year. The other finalists were All Around Consignments and More (Richfield), Badin Treehouse Company (Badin) and GloryBeans Coffee House (Albemarle).

Judging was conducted by a panel of community members who reviewed each application based on the criteria of stability and growth, innovation, response to challenge, and community service.

All Around Consignments and More was established in 2011 and is owned by Elaine Plowman. This business offers quality, name brand ladies’, men’s and children’s clothing, in addition to shoes, handbags, modern home décor, practical household supplies and good furniture. Elaine also uses eBay as a distribution channel for those shoppers who are not located in the immediate area. Her company’s sales have been increasing steadily since the business opened and its reputation for great values is spreading rapidly as well. Elaine’s store is also an active donor of unsold goods to numerous local, charitable organizations.

Badin Treehouse is a café with a comfortable fine dining experience and is owned by Jodi and James Wahab. It started as a coffee shop in 2012, but added soup, salads, sandwiches and desserts at the beginning of 2014 in response to customer demand. Badin Treehouse also offers high-end specialty coffees and award winning tea from the Jasmine Tea Company; products that were previously not available except in large market areas such as Charlotte or Raleigh. These beverages complement chef-inspired dinner entrees that are also available at the Badin Treehouse.

The Badin Treehouse also strives to be socially responsible and it has formed partnerships with several organizations, most recently being listed as a champion by the North Carolina Business Leadership Network Insider publication; a newsletter for the Monarch Company, which specializes in getting jobs for persons with disabilities.

Established in 2009, GloryBeans Coffee House is a Christian-focused coffee house and offers vintage and antique items, local pottery and handmade vintage jewelry. GloryBeans has created a unique menu mix that caters to the health conscious consumer, but it also offers special choices for its smallest customers through its partnership with Dip-N-Dots. Owner Connie Goins values close relationships with her customers and her employees, as well as reaching out to the less advantaged citizens of Stanly County. These citizens are in need of assistance in many forms and they find help at GloryBeans to locate shelter, enjoy free coffee and food, offer and receive prayer and obtain information about programs that can help them in their daily lives.

The Naked Pig Meat Company was established in 2012 and is owned by Shawn and Jenny Hatley. An interesting combination of livestock farming and a meat market operation, this company was created to return a family farmland to profitability. On a farm originally acquired in 1936 by Shawn’s great-grandparents, The Naked Pig Meat Company operates a farrow to finish hog operation and beef cattle farm, teams with small family farms to finish hog, markets North Carolina Sun-Raised Farms pastured lamb and markets specialty meats direct to families throughout the United States. The Naked Pig Meat Company also works with the many farm families that grow the grains they mill to feed to their pigs and who grow the eggs that the company sells to its customers.

Giving back to the community is also a commitment at The Naked Pig Meat Company where they have supported programs and events such as Adopt-a-Block, the Thin Blue Line Silent Auction, Hospice and several local churches in addition to donating food to a variety of food pantries. The Naked Pig Meat Company also offers a “WorkShare” program for community members who want to trade their labor for a credit towards in-store purchases.

"The Stanly County Chamber of Commerce is proud to partner with the SCC Small Business Center each year to recognize our local Small Business of the Year recipient and the finalists," states Kathy Almond, Chamber CEO. "This partnership is an example of the great work that is achieved through collaboration, and the Chamber acknowledges the many small businesses we have in Stanly County that work alongside our business and industry community for economic growth."

For more information regarding SCC’s Small Business Center, contact Frank Tamberelli at (704) 991-0182.

All Around Consignments

All Around Consignments owner Elaine Plowman (center) is presented Small Business of the Year finalist award from Frank Tamberelli (left) and Kathy Almond (right).

Badin Treehouse

Badin Treehouse Co. is presented Small Business of the Year finalist award. Pictured left to right: Kathy Almond, Samantha Johnson, Jodi Wahab (owner) and Frank Tamberelli.

Glory Beans

GloryBeans Coffee House owner Connie Goins (center) is presented Small Business of the Year finalist award from Kathy Almond (left) and Frank Tamberelli (right).

Naked Pig

The Naked Pig was presented the Small Business of the Year Winner award. Pictured left to right: Frank Tamberelli, Kathy Almond, Nicole Starnes, Jenny Hatley, Shawn Hatley and Dana Chaney.