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Small Business Awards

 

The Mobile Area Chamber runs several award programs to recognize its member small businesses.

Small Business of the Month Award


The Small Business of the Month award is determined by a nomination and selection process of the volunteers who serve on the Awards and Recognition Task Force. Nominations are made and submitted via the nomination form to the Small Business Development department.

 

The task force meets quarterly (or as needed) to evaluate and select the nominees 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.

 

Downloadable Small Business of the Month Application

 

 

Small Business of the Month Award Past Winners


2016

June 2016 – Sam Winter & Co. Real Estate

May 2016 – e-worc Web & New Media

April 2016 – Air Specialty of South Alabama Inc.

March 2016 – Phoenix Restorations Services

February 2016 – Nichols Financial Services

March 2016 – Phoenix Restoration Inc.

April 2016 – Air Specialty of South Alabama Inc.

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

Small Business of the Year Award


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. Candidates may be nominated by individuals, customers or vendors, or may self-nominate. The Chamber will contact nominees to provide detailed information and instructions on the application process. Applicants will complete and submit their application packages for review by an independent volunteer committee. The committee will select three finalists that will be honored at the Chamber’s Small Business Week awards luncheon on June 8, 2016 where the winner will be revealed. All finalists will be nominated to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business of the Year competition and are encouraged to complete the application process.

 

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:

 

A presentation packet with your company name and contact information on the cover.

The completed application – each area on the form must be answered and completed fully.

In addition to the application you should include in your package pertinent information about your company (marketing materials, news articles, etc.). Be thorough but concise.

A letter of reference from your attorney, business banker or CPA AND a customer/client or vendor.

 

Deadline: Friday, December 18, 2015 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.

 

Downloadable Small Business of the Year Application

 

2016 Winner – B&B Pet Stop

2015 Winner – McAleer’s Office Furniture

2013 Winner – Safe Archives LLC

2012 Winner – Weinacker’s Montessori School

2011 Winner – Callis Communications

2010 Winner – CorroMetrics Services Inc.

Eagle Awards


The accomplishments, successes and contributions of minority-owned businesses in the Mobile, Baldwin, or Washington county area are celebrated during the Mobile Area Chamber annual Minority Business Week awards ceremony featuring the coveted Eagle Award. The competition is open to any minority business that meets the stated criteria.

 

The business may be nominated by a customer or vendor, or may self-nominate. 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.

 

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

 

Eagle Award winners are encouraged to apply for the Chamber’s Small Business of the Year award. (Must meet the stated criteria.)

 

Downloadable Eagle Application

 

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

Rev. Wesley A. James Minority Business Advocate of the Year Award (MBA)



The Rev. Wesley A. James Minority Business Advocate Award (MBA) recognizes the efforts of a company or business to support minority-owned businesses.

 

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 supplier diversity
  • 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 featur pertinent information that supports your application. Be thorough but concise. All information will be kept strictly confidential and will be used only by the judging panel.

 

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

 

Downloadable MBA Award Application Form

 

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