Small Business Awards

The Mobile Area Chamber recognizes and celebrates small businesses through its awards programs.

The Mobile Area Chamber celebrates the accomplishments, successes and contributions of small businesses throughout the year by recognizing a deserving Small Business of the Month. To apply, complete the application below and submit. Be thorough but concise. The applications are accepted year-round and evaluated by a volunteer task force of Chamber members periodically.


The selection committee reviews the winners based on the following criteria:

  • Must be a current Mobile Area Chamber member for one year
  • Have 100 or fewer employees
  • In business at least two years
  • Apparent solid financial base
  • Considered successful by peers
  • Sales growth, profit growth and/or new product line
  • Public service contribution
  • Must be a “for profit” company
  • Locally-owned franchises are eligible
  • Headquartered in Mobile, Baldwin or Washington counties


Winners are recognized in The Business View magazine and are introduced and presented with their Small Business of the Month award at the Chamber’s Board of Directors meeting.

Questions? Call 431-8652 or email


2018 February 2018 – JMF Solutions March 2018 – CertaPro Painters of Mobile and Baldwin Counties April 2018 – G.C. Specialties May 2018 – Wal-Tech Valve June 2018 – Southwestern Consulting 2017 February 2017 – Hunter Limousines March 2017 – Bellator Real Estate & Development April 2017 – McElhaney Insurance Agency Inc. May 2017 – Payroll Vault June 2017 – Inspect Mobile LLC July 2017 – The UPS Store #2491 – Schillinger Road August 2017 – Blue Fish September 2017 – Bottles Up Mobile October 2017 – Lagniappe November 2017 – RockBridge Wealth Management Dec. 2017/Jan. 2018 – Claude Moore Jeweler 2016 February 2016 – Nichols Financial Services March 2016 – Phoenix Restoration Services April 2016 – Air Specialty of South Alabama Inc. May 2016 – e-worc Web & New Media June 2016 – Sam Winter & Co. Real Estate July 2016 – Professional Electrical Services Inc. August 2016 – Altaworx September 2016 – Old Shell Road Small Animal Hospital October 2016 – Roberts Brothers November 2016 – Noble Events LLC Dec. 2016/Jan. 2017 – Elegant Knights Limo_Party Bus 2015 February 2015 – Perfecting That Cleaning Service March 2015 – Gallery Homes LLC April 2015 – Georgia Roussos Catering May 2015 – Chicken Salad Chick June 2015 – 3 Echos Production July 2015 – Small’s Mortuary August 2015 – Domke Market September 2015 – Nelco Commercial Maintenance October 2015 – ASF Intermodel November 2015 – Personal Edge Fitness Dec. 2015/Jan. 2016 – Greg’s Professional Barber Shop & Beauty Salon 2014 February 2014 – Patterson Marketing Group March 2014 – Driven Engineering April 2014 – FusionPoint Media May 2014 – Zimlich Patio & Garden Center June 2014 – Hillcrest Optical July 2014 – McAleer’s Office Furniture August 2014 – Precision Tool & Grinding Inc. September 2014 – Cream and Sugar Cafe October 2014 – Gulf Coast Containers November 2014 – Hummingbird Ideas Dec. 2014/Jan. 2015 – Metzger’s 2013 January – OK Bicycle Shop February – Cornerstone Investment March –  Floor Trader April – Instrument Technical Services May – D&K Suit Discounters June 2013 – Smart Work Ethics July 2013 – Dueitt’s Battery Supply August 2013 – Koby Import Auto September 2013 – American WeatherStar October 2013 – T. Malcolm Warren DMD Family Dentistry November 2013 – Beaufort Engineering Services Inc. Dec 2013/Jan 2014 – Parkway Animal Hospital 2012 January – Express Employment Professionals February – Paris Love Productivity Institute LLC March – Petrie’s Gift April – WESCO Gas & Welding Supply May – Weinacker Montessori School June – Tropical Smoothie Cafe July – BNI August – Waite’s Cleaners September – Kumon Math & Reading October – Fisherman’s Legacy November – Camellia Trophy 2011 January – Gwin’s Commercial Printing February – Palette Café March – McNorton Ishee & Jones PC April – PlanFocus Financial Services May – Bayview Ford Lincoln & Mercury June – Fremin’s Contractor Services LLC July – Long’s Human Resource Services August – TriNova Inc. September – Saucy Q Bar B Que October – Chiropractic Works PC November – Springhill Comprehensive Dentistry PC  

Each year the Mobile Area Chamber recognizes and honors the important role small businesses play in the Mobile Area community and economy by presenting the Small Business of the Year award. Applicants complete and submit their application packages for review by an independent volunteer committee. The committee will select three finalists to be honored at the Chamber’s Small Business Awards Ceremony on August 23, 2018 where the winner will be announced. All finalists will be nominated to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business of the Year competition.   To be eligible for consideration, the business must meet the following criteria:


                                                                • Be in business at least five years


































                                • Be a Mobile Area Chamber member for three years


















                                • Have 100 or fewer employees


















                                • Solid financial base


















                                • Demonstrate sales growth/profit or unit growth/new product line/expanding number of employees/innovative initiatives


















                                • Respected by peers as evidenced by good business practices


















                                • Show evidence of community service contribution


















                                • Be a privately-owned, for-profit entity (franchise companies are not eligible)


















                                • Headquartered in Mobile, Baldwin or Washington counties
















Application Process:   Applicants should provide an application package that includes the completed application and any additional documentation that supports your application, i.e. marketing materials, press clippings, photos, testimonials, etc. Be thorough but concise. And add a letter of reference from your 1) attorney, business banker or accountant AND 2) a customer/client or vendor.   Deadline: Friday, April 6, 2018 by 5 p.m. to the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce, Small Business Development Department, 451 Government St., Mobile, AL 36602. For more information, contact Danette Richards at 251-431-8652.   CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD APPLICATION   2017 Winner – 3 Echoes Productions – Finalists: Altawork and Waite’s Cleaners 2016 Winner – B&B Pet Stop – Finalists: FusionPoint Media and Karen C. Simmons 2015 Winner – McAleer’s Office Furniture – Finalists: American WeatherStar and Wilson Dismukes 2013 Winner – Safe Archives LLC 2012 Winner – Weinacker’s Montessori School 2011 Winner – Callis Communications 2010 Winner – CorroMetrics Services Inc.

The accomplishments, successes and contributions of minority-owned businesses are celebrated during the Mobile Area Chamber annual Minority Business awards luncheon and ceremony presenting the coveted Eagle Award.

The 2018 Eagle Awards ceremony will be held Friday, Oct. 19 at The Battle House Hotel and will feature renowned radio host Tom Joyner as keynote speaker.

The competition is open to any minority-owned member business that meets the stated criteria. For definition purposes, a minority-owned business is one that is 51% owned, operated and controlled by members of the following ethnic groups: African-American, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian or Asian-American. Winners are selected by an independent panel of judges based on the following criteria:


In business at least three years


Have 100 or fewer employees


Show positive sales and employee growth


Apparent solid financial base


Considered successful by peers


Show evidence of outstanding community services contribution or involvement


Be a privately-owned, for-profit entity (locally owned franchise companies are eligible)


Headquartered in Mobile, Baldwin or Washington counties



Former Eagle Award winners may also apply. Three time Eagle Award winners are inducted into the Eagle Award Hall of Fame. A company applying to achieve Hall of Fame status must be a current Chamber member in good standing. Eagle Award winners are encouraged to apply for the Chamber’s Small Business of the Year award. (Must meet the stated criteria.) To apply, complete the application below and submit. Be thorough but concise. You may scan additional materials and email them to Danette Richards or mail to PO Box 2187, Mobile, AL 36652 or deliver to 451 Government St. The application deadline is Friday, July 13 by 5 p.m. 


2017 Winners – Gaines Plumbing LLC and Harper Technologies LLC

2016 Winners – Nichols Financial Services and Perfecting That Cleaning Services

2015 Winners – Baheth Research and Development Laboratories and New Life Housing

2014 Winners – Leaf and Petal Florist and Gift Shop and Ranger Industrial Services

2013 Winners – BNI and Hughes Plumbing

2012 Winners – Bama Pest Control and Corrometrics

2011 Winners – Don’s Catering and Touching Hearts Senior Care

The Rev. Wesley A. James Minority Business Advocate Award (MBA) recognizes the efforts of an organization that has demonstrated extraordinary support for minority-owned business growth and sustainability.


To be eligible for the Minority Business Advocate Award, a company must meet the following minimum criteria:

  • Must be a Mobile Area Chamber member in good standing*
  • Have three complete years of operation
  • Show a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion and expanding opportunities for minority-owned businesses
  • Have an office in Mobile, Baldwin or Washington counties


Interested companies must complete the application and provide at least one letter of reference from a minority-owned business supplier or community leader. Applicants must also submit a reference letter from any of the following business associates: a company attorney; CPA or banker; and a vendor or customer. We suggest preparing a presentation packet with your company name on the cover and feature pertinent information that supports your application. Be thorough but concise. All information will be kept strictly confidential and will be used only by the selection committee.


As a part of the selection process, finalists may be asked to interview with a committee (independent of the Mobile Area Chamber). The winner will be selected based on information provided in the application, reference letters and interview results.

*Resource partner organizations are eligible.


Downloadable MBA Award Application Form


2017 Winner – WALA FOX10

2016 Winner – Muskogee Technology

2015 Winner – Alabama Department of Transportation Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Unit

2014 Winner – Austal USA

2013 Winner – City of Mobile

2012 Winner – BP

2011 Winner – Alabama Power Co.

2010 Winner – ThyssenKrupp Stainless USA and ThyssenKrupp Steel USA