Thursday, August 30, 2018

J&M Pool Services named Small Business of the Year Overall Winner

J&M Pool Services of Newnan (above) was named the Overall Winner and the Employer Category Winner of the Newnan-Coweta Chamber’s 2018 Small Business of the Year Awards, which were presented by SouthTowne Motors and UBS Financial Services, Inc., on August 29, 2018 at The Newnan Centre. Other category winners this year included the Entrepreneur Category Winner, Dirt1x, and the Growth Category Winner, Monster Tree Service. Other finalists this year included Cleaning With a Cause; Fine Lines Art & Framing; Goldens on the Square; Knox Pest Control Inc.; Mid-Georgia Garage Doors, Inc.;; and The Lighting Studio.

The 2018 Honorable Mention Award Winners were Alfa Insurance; Aquanaut Plumbing Services; At Home Assistants; Cycle City Powersports; Digital Collective; Popped! Gourmet Popcorn and Fun Treats; and Tim Stout & Associates.

Doug Bates of CMIT Solutions of Fayette/Coweta, last year's Overall Winner, served as emcee of the event.

For the first time, the Chamber this year decided to present a new award, the Legacy Award, designed to recognize a longtime Coweta County business that is known for its contributions to the local economy. The award this year was shared by Crain Oil and Lindsey's, Inc. Realtors. Other Legacy Award finalists included McKoon Funeral Home, Lee-King and Lee-Goodrum Pharmacies, and Murphey Florist.

The speaker for this year's lunch was Nick Carse of King of Pops, at left, a business that can be found all across the Southeast with its famous pushcarts and rainbow umbrellas, in “poptails” at bars and restaurants, in stadiums and local universities, and in freezers at stores in local neighborhoods.

Small Business is big business in Coweta County and nationwide. Nearly 97 percent of all businesses employ fewer than 100 employees, and these establishments account for 54 percent of the workforce. Small business accounts for two-thirds of job growth, and small businesses are key contributors to a growing and prosperous economy.

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