Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Chamber Announces 2008 Small Businesses of the Year

The Fayette County Chamber of Commerce announced the recipients of the 2008 Small Business of the Year Award at their annual awards luncheon held on November 12 at Flat Creek Country Club in Peachtree City. The Small Business of the Year Award is given to recognize exemplary business practices and innovation of Fayette small businesses. The nominees were evaluated on the following criteria: business plans, goals, performance, growth, vision, economic impact, civic activities, Chamber involvement and contributions to the community.

The winner of the 2008 Small Business of the Year Award in the 1-10 employees category was Accounting Resources, owned by Bob and Alice Reeves of Fayetteville. Accounting Resources began in 1998 and have since grown their client base to over 400 individual and corporate clients. Alice believes the business fills a unique niche in the community, providing accounting services to small businesses that don’t have the resources to hire a full-time employee. Customer service is high on their list of priorities, and Alice will often flex her schedule to meet the needs of her clients, many times going to client locations during off-hours. Engaged in both Chamber and community activities, Bob and Alice believe in doing all they can to strengthen the community by encouraging small businesses and supporting many local charities.

In the 11-50 employee category, the winner was Outpatient Imaging (OPI) of Peachtree City. OPI opened for business in July 2003 with a vision to provide first-rate medical imaging services for Fayette County and the surrounding areas. Their diagnostic services include MRI, CT, ultrasound, flouroscopy, general x-ray, mammogram, bone density and nuclear medicine. In addition to their Peachtree City location, they have recently opened a second facility in Newnan. OPI has been an active member of the Chamber since 2003 and has a strong commitment to the community, evidenced by their support for education, senior citizens, the arts and a wide variety of other community-based programs.

Other businesses nominated for this year’s award included Kemp's Dalton West Carpets and Print Graphics.

The Fayette County Chamber of Commerce is an association of businesses and organizations that work together to promote economic prosperity and enhance excellent quality of life through strong leadership, networking, education and a variety of programs that encourage partnerships between businesses and our community.

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