JOPLIN, Mo. —
Finalists for the 2014 Small Business of the Year awards were announced Tuesday by the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce during a luncheon at the Holiday Inn.
The awards are presented annually by the chamber in conjunction with BKD, an accounting firm with an office in Joplin. They are designed to recognize the impact that small businesses have on the economy, job growth and available products and services in the area, said Larry Warren, chairman of the chamber board of directors.
Finalists in the category of nonprofit businesses are the Boys & Girls Club of Joplin, Watered Gardens Gospel Rescue Mission, and the Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center.
Additional nominees were AO Employment Services, the Alliance of Southwest Missouri, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks, Community Support Services, Joplin Area Habitat for Humanity, Joplin NALA, Joplin Workshops, Rapha House International, Rebuild Joplin, the Tri-State Area Contractors Association, and United Way of Southwest Missouri and Southeast Kansas.
Finalists in the category of businesses employing one to 10 people are AdornAble Inc., Power Washing Plus and Skaggs Chiropractic.
Additional nominees were Alliance Cancer Center, Amplify Gymnastics, Anderson Glass, Carlson Chiropractic Center, Cell Phone Medics, Creature Comforts Pet Services, Great American Title Co., Hackett Hot Wings, Home Instead Senior Center, Industrial Physical Therapy, Joplin 3D4D Imaging Center, Joplin Tent and Awnings, KAB Electric, Lumpy’s BBQ, Motive Matters, Parr Hill Technologies, Phoenix Fired Art, Salon 529, Sidecars, Smallcakes Cupcakery, Studio One Fitness, TJ Franz and Associates, Twister Safe, and Young Family and Cosmetic Dentistry.
Finalists in the category of businesses employing 11 to 50 people are Atlas Safe Rooms, Choice Marketing, and Reeves Tire and Automobile.
Additional nominees were AMI Radio Group, Baker Davis Roderique CPAs, Big R’s, Chick-fil-A, Great Southern Bank, Farrell Construction, Home Pro, PILR Technology Services, Star Mechanical and Wholesale Supply, Stronghold Data, and Total Electronics Contracting.
A PANEL OF JUDGES will conduct interviews with the finalists to determine the winning business in each category. Winners of the 2014 Small Business of the Year awards will be announced May 1 at the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual banquet.