2021 Business of the Year Voting
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Averitt, Mobile, AL The Topocean Group, a global freight forwarding and logistics service provider, recently honored Averitt with the “Outstanding Logistics Partner Award.” Averitt opened its Mobile service center in 1988 to provide less-than-truckload and full load freight transportation to shippers throughout the region. Since then, the company’s services in the area have expanded to support the growing operations at the Port of Mobile. “Mobile is increasingly a port of choice for importers and exporters that move cargo through the Gulf of Mexico,” said Wayne Spain, Averitt’s president and chief operating officer. “We look forward to continuing to serve the local, national and international needs of shippers across the region.”
Brian Lancaster – State Farm Agent A Mississippi State University Graduate, B.S. Business, and a lifelong resident of Mobile, AL, Brian is proud to serve customers in the Mobile area. His focus is on Home-Owners Insurance and Auto Insurance in Mobile and Baldwin Counties and surrounding areas. Also licensed in Mississippi, Brian is able to serve the communities of George, Jackson, and the coastal counties in Mississippi. His passion is Life Insurance, although he also focuses on Renters Insurance and out of state transfers. His office has five licensed Team members to serve your insurance needs. Brian is a proud member of the Southwest Mobile County Chamber of Commerce and he loves protecting what matters most to the people he serves!
Touching Hearts Senior Care was started in 2007 by Gina Germany and her husband, Richard Perry. We are committed to keeping our elderly population in their home and independent as long as possible or assist with their transition into a home of their choosing, and strive to be the best non-medical in-home care company for our seniors in lower Alabama. Our caregivers can assist with daily activities, bathing, grooming, fall prevention, medical reminders, dementia care, and much more! We carefully hand pick and thoroughly train our caregivers and C.N.A’s, and you’ll never have to fear because our caregivers are fully licensed, bonded and insured!
Express Employment has been proudly serving our local community for over 14 years. Owners, Chris and Angela Ashcraft, opened the doors to the Mobile office in 2006, and expanded to Baldwin County in 2013. Our staffing agency streamlines the hiring process for job-seekers and companies alike, making it easier, faster, and more efficient to find work or workers of any type. We offer staffing solutions for every industry, including light industrial, skilled trades, administrative, and professional sectors. We use rigorous recruitment processes to vet candidates of all experience levels, making sure that local businesses and local job-seekers can thrive. We at Express feel that if good people find good jobs, individuals, businesses and communities succeed together.
abcSigns is a family-owned company started by Greg Callahan Sr. out of his garage over 20 years ago and after having a few successful locations, he then relocated to a 23,000 square-foot facility in ‘downtown’ Theodore 10 years ago. Mostly a political sign company that does the majority of its work nationally, abcSigns prides itself in taking care of and helping, schools, churches and ball parks locally every chance they get. Donating signage to help fund-raisers and charitable events is one of the few ways abcSigns tries to help the community, neighbors & friends in times of need.
Landshark Promotions is a promotional products, embroidery, and custom print distributor that helps businesses find innovative products that reflect their brand. Founded in 2011 by Chrissy Robinson, Landshark is a woman-owned & operated company located in the heart of Downtown Mobile. Customer service is our top priority and we pride ourselves on giving each client personalized attention. Our clientele ranges from large universities ordering give-a-ways for their students, to HVAC and plumbing companies ordering hats and shirts for their employees, to engaged couples that need coozies for their special day. Seeing an item with your logo printed is like Christmas for our clients and we love playing Santa!
e-worc has been serving clients across the US from our offices in Mobile, Alabama since 2008. Our clients are primarily business to business organizations focused on healthcare, legal, engineering or industrial products and services. At e-worc, we believe in developing and delivering custom marketing solutions that meet our clients’ needs and communicates their messages in a way that consumers, search engines and site readers can understand. We also believe in utilizing all the relevant tools available in the traditional and digital marketplace – websites, print, social media, email, promotional items, tv, radio, and outdoor – to provide our clients with the most opportunity for exposure and profitability.
The leadership and staff of Katherine Hankins Middle School have a strong belief in the importance of parental and community involvement to assist in providing infinite opportunities for our students to reach their desired goal of a college or career pathway. Together we offer distinct student-centered programs, i.e. robotics, computer applications, music, enrichment, and intervention, that focus on academic and cultural achievement that prepare our students to compete in an ever-changing world. Our efforts together become the building block of empowering the future leaders of tomorrow.
Camellia Trophy and Specialties has been servicing the Mobile area since 1958. Originally opened by Tom Nonnenmacher as Camellia Bowling Supply at Airport and McGregor and moved to the current location on the Beltline in the mid-eighties. Bill Everett bought the shop in 1988 and it grew into more than a trophy shop adding specialty and promotional items. After owning and operating it for more than 2 decades Bill retired and sold it back to John Nonnenmacher. “Mobile county is our home, and it has supported us for over 60 years. We hope in our small way we have given back. Whether it is a smile to the t-ball player getting his first trophy and even to the veteran salesman with his crystal salesman of the year award.”
Habitat for Humanity of Southwest Alabama (HFHSWA) is a Christian non-profit organization, which has been providing affordable housing options for low-income families in Mobile County since 1988. Their mission is to seek to put God’s love into action to bring people together to build homes, communities and hope and has been committed to providing high-quality affordable housing since its inception. HFHSWA built and sold its first home in Mobile County in August 1990, and since then, has helped more than 230 families achieve their dream of homeownership through rehab and new construction homes. In addition they have completed 75 critical home repairs for owner occupied homes throughout our service area. HFHSWA is able to complete these affordable projects thanks to people in our community who volunteer, give financial donations, and shop or donate to our ReStore.
It has been the pleasure of the Chamber to recognize the heartbeat of our membership. We are a voice for businesses and are here to help promote and offer opportunities to watch small businesses grow, along with providing training classes to improve current business practices. On May 5th we will be revealing the winner of the Business of the Year Award and recognizing the company that has excelled in leadership and commitment to entrepreneurship.
We are asking our members to go to our website beginning April 1st to cast your vote for your favorite Business of the Year. Our monthly finalists are all deserving of this award and need your help. Votes can be cast daily until April 16th and the business that receives the most votes will be announced at our Small Business of the Year Luncheon, May 5th.