Now accepting Nominations!

January 13, 2017

It’s that time! If you’d like to recognize a Young Entrepreneur, Small Business or Non-Profit for their work and commitment to the community, complete a Nomination Form by Friday, February 3.

Previous Business Award Winners include:

2004 MedResource

2005 Altex Packaging

2006 ERA King Real Estate

2007 Animal Medical Center

2008 19th Hole Sports Grille at Cane Creek (now Heroes)

2009 Emerging: NobleBank & Trust

  • Sustaining: SPAR, Inc.

2010 Emerging: Wig’s Wheels

  • Sustaining: Miller Funeral Home & Crematory

2011 Emerging: WideNet Consulting

  • Sustaining: AOD Federal Credit Union

2012 Emerging: Smoke-N-Hot BBQ, Inc.

  • Sustaining: Morris Building Constructors

2013       Emerging: Christian Corner Meats

  • Sustaining: Oxford Lumber

2014       Emerging: Cheaha Cheer and Tumble

  • Sustaining: Piedmont Outdoor

2015       Emerging: Cheaha Women’s Health & Wellness

  • Sustaining: Signature In-Home Care

2016       Emerging: Calhoun Pickers

  • Sustaining: The Surgery Center


2016 Innovative Small Business of the Year: Pediatrics Plus

2016 Young Entrepreneur of the Year: Leah Sparks of Southern Girl Coffee

2016 Non-Profit of the Year: YMCA of Calhoun County

  • Lifetime Achievement:
  • King Motor Company
  • Wakefield’s/Martin’s
  • Couch’s Jewelers
  • F&M Bank
  • Webb Concrete & Building Materials
  • Acker Electric, ERA King Real Estate
  • L. Brown Funeral Home


  • The Larry K. Sylvester Small Business Advocates are:
  • 2010 Tom Coleman, SCORE
  • 2011 Robbie Medders, SBDC
  • 2012 Donna Fathke, East Alabama Regional Planning & Development
  • 2013 John Wheeler, ACES Program
  • 2014: Anniston Army Depot
  • 2015: Center for Domestic Preparedness
  • 2016: Northeast Alabama Entrepreneurial System

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