2020 Small Business Of The Year Award Winners

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September 28, 2020
2020 Small Business of the Year Awards Announced During The Prattville Chamber's 47th Annual Membership Meeting:

Our small business really do make a BIG difference! The Prattville Chamber is proud to recognize the accomplishments, successes and contributions throughout the year of our small businesses through our Small business of the Year Awards, announced every September during our Annual Membership Meeting.

The Small Business of the Year Award recognizes small businesses for outstanding business success, Chamber involvement and community service. Nominations are received from the community, applications are submitted, and the winners are selected by a panel of their peers, based on their demonstrated commitment to the advancement of the business in Prattville and Autauga County.

Small Business of the Year- 1-10 Employees

Join us in congratulating Dana’s Floral Designs as the 2020 Small Business of the Year with 1-10 Employees. Dana’s Floral Design, located in downtown Prattville, is an event design, planning, and floral studio specializing in weddings, private events, and fresh flowers throughout the Southeast. The design team, led by owner Dana Bennett, has built a stellar reputation giving unparallel service, boundless creativity and beautiful artistry with attention to every last detail, and throughout every occasion, taking the clients vision and creating a one-of-a-kind unforgettable extraordinary signature event. She and her team have created magical experiences and events  for the State of Alabama Governor’s House, the Jemison Mansion in Tuscaloosa, Tuskegee University, University of Alabama Birmingham, weddings for numerous NFL players and much more. With nearly 30 years of experience, Dana’s Floral Design has been featured in national publications including Southern Bride, BRIDES, Alabama Wedding Magazine and more. Dana and her team also create unique fresh floral arrangements for every occasion. They will create a one-of-a-kind arrangement for holidays, birthdays, prom, homecoming, anniversaries, funerals and will deliver throughout the River Region area.
Small Business of the Year- 11-50 Employees

Join us in congratulating BWS Technologies as the 2020 Small Business of the Year with 11-50 Employees. BWS Technologies, located in Prattville, Alabama, is a full-service Information Technologies and Internet Marketing service provider.  Since 1996, BWS Technologies has been providing technology solutions and services to customers ranging from small and medium sized businesses to large corporations. BWS Technologies provides flexible, affordable solutions to meet the needs of specialized environments. The BWS team provides the answer for help desk, network services, desktop management, customized imaging, accounting, security, hardware needs and much more! BWS Technologies was founded by high school friends and college roommates, Jeremy Jackson and Bill Youngblood, in an effort to build their business vision of focusing on clients and keeping the clients’ needs at the forefront of their purpose. While maintaining their own full-time jobs, these partners were able to create a debt-free business model while working hard to build BWS Technologies by devoting their nights and weekends to their own business and returning all generated revenue back into BWS Technologies, their own startup company. For nearly 25 years, BWS has been built on a foundation of business values, core ethical principles, community service, and giving back by supporting the missions, services and organizations that are critical to building and maintaining a strong way of life for our community.   
Small Business of the Year- 51-100 Employees

Join us in congratulating LongHorn Steakhouse-Prattville as the 2020 Small Business of the Year with 51-100 Employees. For the last 16 years, Joel Wheaton, managing partner, has lived his mission to be Prattville’s Favorite Steakhouse; by getting better every day, shift by shift, and earning the loyalty of one guest at a time, while all along advocating for community involvement. Joel leads a team of 80 employees who all take great pride in serving boldly seasoned and expertly grilled fish, never frozen, steaks, chicken and fish, while cultivating a stellar guest experience for each guest. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Joel’s team has shown incredible grit and flexibility to change the restaurant to a “TO GO” only restaurant overnight! Shortages of fresh meat and produce, along with limited availability of “to-go” containers and bags, resulted in many challenges for the LongHorn Steakhouse Prattville team who worked tirelessly to maintain their excellent standards while achieving their goals to win guests “one meal at a time”. Joel was distraught when he had to cut his staff to a skeleton crew at the beginning of the pandemic; however, the demand from the Prattville community for the consistency of the LongHorn Steakhouse meal experience required Joel to double his skeleton crew overnight. And, little by little he is bringing his staff back on to meet the increasing demand.  It’s no wonder that last year, LongHorn Steakhouse presented Joel Wheaton with Longshorn’s The Best of the West award. He was only one of only four managing partners selected out of the more than 501 LongHorn Steakhouse restaurants nationwide, to receive the award.  
Emerging Award Winner:
Join us in congratulating Stacey Little Media, LLC as our 2020 Small Business of the Year in the Emerging Business category-- a business that has been in operation for fewer than five years. Stacey Little Media, LLC is a food media company headquartered in the Southern Bite Test Kitchen in historic downtown Prattville, Alabama. Formed in 2018, to become the parent company of the quickly growing digital presence of SouthernBite.com, Chief Executive Chief Stacey Little leads a staff of 5 contract employees based in various cities across the United States. With the primary mission of getting families back to the dinner table, day-to-day operations include recipe development, photography, social media management, cooking classes and brand development. Stacey has created recipes and content for national brands like Heinz, Kraft, Marta White, Better Crocker, White Lily, and celebrities like Reese Witherspoon and Queen Latifa. With a commanding presence on social media, Southern Bite has more than 10 million monthly visits on Pinterest, the website garners more than 2 million page views per month and more than 300,000 followers on Facebook. Not only is Stacey bringing families back to the dinner table, last year he spearheaded the first community dinner with the Prattville Chamber in historic downtown Prattville to honor the rich social fabric for which the beautiful downtown tight knit Prattville and Autauga County is known.  Dinner in the District has been lauded as one of the premier events of its kind in the area, and although the COVID-19 pandemic has canceled the event for 2020, the community dinner will return in 2021, bigger and better than ever!  
Kristi Pieper
kpieper@prattvillechamber.com, 3343911710