25 local businesses honored at ceremony

LAWRENCEVILLE - More than 300 businesses were nominated for the Gwinnett County Chamber of Commerce's annual Pinnacle Small Business Awards.

But just 25 will be honored April 17 at a ceremony where the county's Small Business Person of the Year will also be named.

That person will compete for the Small Business Administration's Small Business Person of the Year for Georgia award.

Small businesses employ half the county's private work force, according to Chamber officials, and create three out of every four jobs.

The businesses will be honored at a black-tie optional celebration at the Gwinnett Place Marriott at 6 p.m. The event will honor both emerging companies and those that are more established.

Winners were chosen based on growth and profitability, growth in number of employees, their contributions to the community, how they have overcome adversity and their original entrepreneurship.

For more information or to register, visit www.pinnaclesmallbusinessawards.com or contact Gail Macrenaris at 770-232-8803 or gail@gwinnettchamber.org. Members and guests may purchase individual tickets for $80 or a table of 10 for $800.

The 25 winners, and the candidates for Small Business Person of the Year, are:

· Allgood Pest Solutions, William "Perry" Tindol

· Alpha Graphics, Jodi Pierce

· CTR Partners LLP, Kevin Murray

· E2E Resources Inc., Raymer M. Sale Jr.

· Formetco Inc., Larry Garrett

· Green Financial Resources LLC, Roger S. Green

· Hayes Chrysler Dodge Jeep Inc., Mike Hayes

· Hire Dynamics, Dan Campbell

· Husky Foundations Inc., Matt Gottlich

· Jordan, Jones & Goulding Inc., Charles A. Button

· Kart Enterprises Inc. d/b/a Kart's Landscape Services, Gary Kart

· MasterWorks, Bernie Smith

· Mathias Corporation, Dave Heydinger

· McMahan's Sartorial Clothing, Travis Giles

· MNdustries, Michael E. Nance II

· Nanston Inc., Kyle E. Anderson

· Nexus Financial Group, Inc., Brian Peart

· Ordner Construction Company, Dave Ordner

· Redpepper, Dave McMullen

· Russell Landscape Group Inc., Teddy Russell

· Salon 124, Brian Perdue

· Sanders Financial Management, Emily Sanders

· Staffing Resources, Angelo & Debbie Harris

· US Work Alliance d/b/a Exam Services, Tyler Long

· Veristor Systems Inc., Ashby Lincoln