Twelve local small businesses and entrepreneurs took home some hardware and bragging rights this week for successes they’ve achieved in the community.

The Gwinnett Chamber handed out its annual Pinnacle Small Business Awards during a ceremony at the Small Business Summit presented by Roswell-based Purchasing Alliance Solutions at the Infinite Energy Center on Tuesday. The awards are designed to recognize excellence and achievement in Gwinnett’s small business community.

“We are honored to celebrate and recognize the region’s top small businesses and individuals that contribute greatly to our local economy,” chamber President Dan Kaufman said in a statement. “These businesses, led by risk-takers and visionaries, are essential to creating jobs and sustaining economic growth.”

The big winner at the ceremony was Duluth-based Green Financial Resources LLC, which was named the overall Small Business of the Year Award winner, as well as the Family-Owned Small Business of the Year winner.

The firm was recognized by the chamber helping more than 1,800 clients plan for retirement while managing about $385 million in assets. It will now compete for the U.S. Chamber Dream Big Small Business Award.

“I believe it takes the collaboration of many, including colleagues, clients and family for a business to achieve success, and I am truly honored to receive this distinguished award for our accomplishments,” Green Financial Resources founder and CEO Roger Green said in a statement.

“Gwinnett County has a thriving collection of entrepreneurs and small businesses and I’m proud to be a part of a community, which encourages and celebrates the success of its businesses.”

Other winners at the ceremony included:

Small Business of the Year, 0-5 Employees: The Martin Birkbeck Agency of American Family Insurance

Small Business of the Year, 6-24 Employees: Cartridge World Lawrenceville-Buford/Hamilton Mill

Small Business of the Year, 25-plus Employees: Halski Systems

Home-based Small Business of the Year: Organized Chick LLC

Minority-owned Small Business of the Year: The Schoolhouse Preschool Academy

Small Business Resource Champion of the Year: ACE Women’s Business Center

Rising Star Small Business of the Year: Team Ryan Automotive Service and Repair

Young Entrepreneur Small Business of the Year: Sterling Rose Consulting

Woman-owned Small Business of the Year (a tie): Office Creations and Vitality Med Spa

Pinnacle Small Business Award Fan Favorite: Espeuté Productions

More than 600 nominations were submitted for a Pinnacle Small Business Award, according to Stephanie Hannum, a Chamber spokeswoman.

For more information, visit www.gwinnettchamber.org.

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