To be considered for the Top 25 Small Businesses of Year, each candidate submits an application to the Cobb Chamber.
Applicants must prove an increase in sales or unit volume, provide examples of innovation, discuss adversity and challenges and thoroughly detail their community involvement.
Then applications are analyzed and considered by a group of independent community business leaders and affiliates of the Small Business Administration.
After all of the submitted applications are judged and rated, five finalists are selected based on their numerical score, then visited on site by a panel of judges.
The Cobb Chamber also honored the following Top 25 Small Businesses at the 2020 Small Business of the Year Awards:
· All Roof Solutions
· Artisan Custom Closets
· Brookwood Christian School
· CFO Navigator
· CROFT & Associates
· Deluxe Athletics, LLC
· Digital Yalo
· Eclipse Networks, Inc.
· Fulfillment Strategies International, Inc.
· Georgia Trade School
· Governors Gun Club
· id8 Agency
· InPrime Legal
· Janice Overbeck Real Estate Team
· K. Mike Whittle Designs Inc.
· Manay CPA, Inc.
· Mills Specialty Metals, LLC
· The Partnership of Atlanta, Inc.
· Ruby-Collins, Inc.
· Southeastern Engineering, Inc.
· Stablegold Hospitality, LLC
· Three-13 Salon, Spa & Boutique
· Win-Tech, Inc.
The 2019 Small Business of the Year, Otter’s Chicken, was inducted into the Small Business Hall of Fame, which includes all county and state winners of the Small Business of the Year award from Cobb County since 1982.
See the full list of Small Business Hall of Fame honorees at CobbChamber.org/sboy.
In order to recognize the impressive accomplishments of many new Cobb businesses, the Cobb Chamber expanded its Small Business of the Year program to include the Businesses To Watch awards presentation.
These businesses launched less than three years ago and already have achieved substantial growth.
The 2020 Businesses To Watch are:
· The Auto Accident Attorneys Group
· BaseCamp at Kennesaw Mountain
· Chinese Southern Belle LLC
· Studio Bungee
Sponsors for the 2020 Small Businesses of the Year awards included Marquee Sponsor, Superior Plumbing; Presenting Sponsors, LOUD Security Systems and S. A. White Oil Company; Award Sponsor, Fifth Third Bank; Business to Watch Sponsor, Polk Group; Hall of Fame Sponsor, UGA Small Business Development Center at KSU; Gold Sponsors, Cadence Bank, Dalziel Employment Law, Gardner Groff and InfoMart; Silver Sponsors, Corporate Environmental Risk Management and The Service Fort; Host Sponsor, Coca-Cola Roxy Theatre; Catering Sponsor, Delaware North; Production Sponsor, Next Page Event Services and Tables Sponsor, Peachtree Tents & Events.