CUMMING, Ga. — The Cumming-Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce’s business awards programs had eight finalists and five winners that ranged from honoring new businesses to outstanding entrepreneurs.
The program offers recognition to small businesses for their achievements and contributions to the Forsyth County community. It also gives an opportunity to showcase their company, share their story and reward their efforts, said Jason Mock, Cumming-Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce’s director of small business services.
Businesses recognized at the ceremony held at the Lanier Technical Forsyth Conference Center include Healthpons, Gratitude Goodies, North Georgia Replacement Windows, Villas at Canterfield and Morrow Family Medicine, who won the Steve Bloom Award (formerly Entrepreneur of the Year).
“Steve Bloom has been a mentor over the last six years and has really helped to grow about 20 businesses,” Mock said. “It’s a great day to recognize our business community, the backbone of Forsyth County.”
There are 8,000 businesses in Forsyth County, with a majority of them being small businesses, Mock said.
“Here in Forsyth County, our small businesses are 25 or fewer employees,” Mock said. “Our county is built on that, and we wanted to recognize their hard work and their achievements over the years.”
The winners were:
New Business Award: Healthpons – Patty Everette
Steve Bloom Award: Morrow Family Medicine – Dr. Jim Morrow
Business of the Year (1 - 9 employees): Gratitude Goodies – Diane Campbell
Business of the Year (10 - 49 employees): North Georgia Replacement Windows – Ted Kirk
Business of the Year (50-plus employees): The Villas at Canterfield – Dusty Gunn