Monday, April 12, 2010


Gwinnett's best businesses and non-profits to be celebrated at the Pinnacle Small Business Awards Ceremony on April 23

Duluth, GA- In support of National Small Business Week, the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce will recognize and honor Gwinnett's best small businesses and non-profits at the Pinnacle Small Business Awards Luncheon Presented by Atlanta Journal-Constitution (AJC) on April 23 at the Atlanta Marriott – Gwinnett Place at 11:30 a.m. From these finalists, Gwinnett's top 25 Pinnacle Small Business Award winners, and its top Small Businesses and Non-Profits of the Year will be announced that afternoon for small, medium and large categories. United Way In Gwinnett Area Director Demetrious Jordan will serve as the Master of Ceremonies for the Pinnacle Awards.

"Even in this tough economy, Gwinnett continues to have a vibrant small business sector. Our small businesses employ more than half the county's private work force, create three out of every four jobs, and generate a majority of our innovations," said Gwinnett Chamber President & CEO Jim Maran.

The Pinnacle Small Business Awards are among the Chamber's most prestigious awards. This year's celebration recognizes both emerging companies as well as companies that have exhibited a substantial history as an established business. With the challenges facing small businesses today, this year's awards also focused on the company's response to adversity and service to the community.

The following companies were selected from more than 300 nominations as Gwinnett's Pinnacle Small Business Award Finalists. Each company had exemplary scores based on steady and above average growth and profitability; growth in number of employees; contributions to the community; overcoming adversity; original entrepreneurship and more:

Aaron Plumbing, Inc.
Ace Truck Body & Trailer Repair, Inc.
Advanced Diabetic Solutions
Allgood Pest Solutions
Alternative Apparel
American Painting & Renovations, Inc.
Angela Cain Interiors - Nouveaute'
ASK Staffing, Inc.
Atlanta Flooring Design Centers, Inc.
Atlanta Housing Source At Solid Source Realty
Atlanta Special Events
Bardi Heating & Air, Inc.
Bartimaeus, Inc. & WindowCo
Community Bridge of Atlanta
Cornerstone Financial Partners, LLC
Dan Dunwody, III, DDS
E2E Resources, Inc.
EverDry Roofing
Foresite Group, Inc.
Forms Plus, Inc.
Franzen & Salzano, PC
GiANT Impact
Green Financial Resources, LLC / Roger S. Green
Gwinnett Foot, Ankle & Leg Center
Gwinnett Internal Medicine Associates, LLC
HealthCare Partners, Inc.
Hire Dynamics, LLC
Innovative Outdoors, LLC
Integrative Logic
Kart's Landscape Service
Laser Supply & Service, Inc.
Logical Choice Technologies
McClain & Company, PC
McMahan's Sartorial Clothing, Inc.
Mills Floral Company
Premier Immediate Care
ProCare-Prosthetic Care, Inc.
Rocket IT
Rogers Construction Company
Sandler Training
Service Foods, Inc.
Site ROI, Inc.
Sun Technologies, Inc.
Tara Fine Jewelry Company, Inc.
THC, Inc.
The Marketing Workshop, Inc.
The Myers Group
Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC
Vecoma at the Yellow River, Inc.
Veugeler Design Group

The Gwinnett Chamber and Presenting Sponsor AJC will also recognize Gwinnett's non-profit organizations whose generous and inspiring efforts can be seen and felt throughout Gwinnett. Often times, these organizations operate like small businesses, but with unique products and services for the greater good. The top small, medium and large non-profits in Gwinnett will be recognized from the following Pinnacle non-profit finalists who scored high marks in the areas of board of directors strength; staying power; growth in employees/volunteers and budget; innovation of service; response to adversity; and overall contribution to the community:

"Just" People, Inc.
American Cancer Society
Creative Enterprises, Inc.
Good Samaritan Health Center of Gwinnett, Inc.
Goodwill of North Georgia
Gwinnett Habitat for Humanity
Gwinnett Medical Center Foundation
Gwinnett Place Community Improvement District
Hi-Hope Service Center
Hudgens Center for the Arts
LifeLink of Georgia
Northeast Georgia Council, Boy Scouts of America
Rainbow Village Inc.
Special Needs Schools of Gwinnett, Inc.
Turn Around Coaching

Additional sponsors include Platinum Sponsors Delta Community Credit Union, Merrill Lynch – The Cross Group, and Moore Stephens Tiller LLC; Gold Sponsors Gwinnett Business Journal, Logical Choice Technologies, and Sam's Club; Silver Sponsor The Sign Stop; and Bronze Sponsor Brand Banking Company.

For more information, to help sponsor the event, or to register, visit or contact Melissa Britt at 678-957-4958 or Members and guests may purchase individual tickets for $55 or a table of 10 for $550.


About the Gwinnett Chamber

Named one of the top three metro chambers in the United States by ACCE, the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce's membership varies from FORTUNE 1,000 companies to innovative startups, and stretches across the Atlanta region, from Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport to UGA in Athens. Representing more than 7,200 members from more than 2,500 firms, the Gwinnett Chamber is the Southeast's 6th largest chamber and focuses on creating and growing quality job opportunities while enhancing the community's quality of life.

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