McDowell Chamber seeks nominations for award

It is time again to nominate a local business for the Tom Johnson Entrepreneurship Award.

As it has done since 2009, the McDowell Chamber of Commerce will recognize local businesses at an awards ceremony in early December. Named for one of the county's most prominent and reputable businesses, the Tom Johnson Entrepreneurship Award is sponsored by the accounting firm of Johnson Price Sprinkle PA, according to a news release.

Those selected to receive the award are determined based on an average growth of 3 percent or more in gross revenues and/or number of employees. Eligibility is limited to chamber-member businesses with fewer than 300 employees and with headquarters in western North Carolina. The entrepreneurship awards will be presented at the Chamber's "Holiday after Hours" on Thursday, Dec. 13th; deadline for nominations is Thursday, Nov. 29.

The Chamber began the program in 2009 as a way to encourage pride and resilience during the down turn in the national economy. There’s good reason to bring attention to the strengths within the local business community.

Some of the previous recipients include David Hicks with AutoTech Collision Center, Caleb Parker of Smokey Que’s, Rachel Withrow of Crooked Door Coffee House, Todd Miller of GEM Constructors and William Morris and Colt Herron of Morris-Herron Heating and Cooling.

As the Chamber puts it, “We tip our hat to the management skill and intense dedication shown by our local businesses who continue to sustain - thrive - and even grow in today’s economy.”

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