It’s once again time for the Clinton-Sampson Chamber of Commerce to recognize area businesses and business leaders for their dedicated service to the community.
The annual Chamber banquet will be held tonight at the Sampson County Agri-Exposition Center, with dinner before the awards ceremony beginning at 7 p.m.
Business Person of the Year Award
This award is given to someone who owns and operates or bears principal responsibility for operating a business. Partners who jointly own and operate a business may be nominated as a “team,” so long as the number of individuals in the team nomination does not exceed four. The business must have a substantiated history as an established business, employee welfare — a benchmark to judge the impact of the business on the job market, indication of continued growth as it relates to sales volume and employee base, the ability to face and solve economic problems and show voluntary efforts beyond business and professional responsibility.
Nominees for this year are Chuck Spell of Hog Slat, Donnie Lamm of Nissan of Clinton and Dr. Theodore Thomas III, DDS.
Last year’s recipient was Anne Faircloth of Lafayette Farms.
Faircloth grew up in Clinton and graduated from Duke University. After working as a journalist outside North Carolina, she moved back to the area in 2001. During her speech, she said is was great to return to the community. She owns and manages agricultural and real estate businesses, a foundation that began with her father, Lauch Faircloth.
She has served on boards for the Sampson Community College Foundation, Sampson Regional Medical Center Foundation, United Way of Sampson County and U-Care. Faircloth is a former deacon of Graves Memorial Presbyterian Church. Faircloth also serves on the local advisory board of BB&T.
Small Business Excellence Award
The recipient of this award should have staying power and show a substantiated history as an established business, show employee welfare and a benchmark to judge the impact of the business on the job market, an indication of continued growth as it relates to sales volume and employee base, ability to face and solve economic problems and show contributions to aid community-oriented projects, and evidence of the use of personal time and resources.
Nominees for this year are Matthews Cards and Gifts, Southeastern Outdoor Products and Dubose National Energy Services Inc.
Last year’s recipient, who will present the award tonight, is Allcare Uniforms & Embroidery.
The business opened its doors in 2003 after offering its services for more than a year from home and in the corner of Ann’s Sew N Vac. It has two full-time and two part-time employees. They have a two-fold business model, which includes serving the healthcare community and offering an embroidery service. Allcare Uniforms & Embroidery serves Sampson Community College by providing student uniforms and accessories to a variety of programs working closely with instructors to provide the needs of local students.
Entrepreneurial Success Award
This award is given to any individual who serves as a majority owner and operates or bears principal responsibility for operating a small business with a two-year track record, has increased employment opportunities created by the nominee’s business, developed and/or utilizatized an innovative or creative business method and demonstrated entrepreneurial potential necessary for long-term business success and economic growth.
Nominees for this year are Rebecca’s of Clinton, JDS Advertising Inc. and Jeffrey G. Bell, DDS, PLLC.
Last year’s recipient was Hubb’s Corn Maze, who will present tonight’s award.
John and Tammy Peterson of Hubb’s Corn Maze were honored with the Entrepreneurial Success Award. The couple, who met at Ezzell Trucking, decided to start their own business after getting married in 2005. In 2008, they began Hubb’s Corn Maze, which provides a family designation for farm activities for people of all ages. According to the chamber, they also serve Sampson County as “edu-tainers” for field trips, church outing and corporate events.
Nominees for this year are the Christian Food Bank, Sampson High School Alumni Association and Sampson Community College.
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