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Local small businesses recognized
Dr. Jim Morrow, owner of Morrow Family Medicine, received the Steve Bloom award during the Cumming-Forsyth County Chamber of Commerces 2014 Business Awards Breakfast on Wednesday. - photo by Crystal Ledford

 2014 Business Award Winners

* Steve Bloom Award: Dr. Jim Morrow, Morrow Family Medicine

* New Business Award: Patty Everette, Healthpons

* Business of the Year, under nine employees: Diane Campbell, Gratitude Goodies

* Business of the Year, 10 to 49 employees: Ted Kirk, North Georgia Replacement Windows

* Business of the Year, 50 or more employees: Dusty Gunn, The Villas at Canterfield

* Other finalists: Junk King, Exovations and Comfort Keepers  


Source: Cumming-Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce

FORSYTH COUNTY — A medical practice received the highest honor presented during the Cumming-Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce’s Business Awards Breakfast.

Dr. Jim Morrow, owner of Morrow Family Medicine, was presented with the Steve Bloom Award on Wednesday during the event, which drew about 100 people to the Lanier Technical Forsyth Conference Center.

Formerly known as Entrepreneur of the Year, and prior to that as the Business Leader of the Year, the Steve Bloom Award changed names last year. It pays tribute to Bloom, who has mentored numerous small businesses through the chamber’s SCORE Roundtable program.

Morrow was among a group of five businesses recognized for excellence during the breakfast.

“I’m thrilled and surprised, mostly I think surprised,” he said. “Doing what I do every day, you have your nose to the grindstone about that one problem you’re trying to solve. And until my wife got me involved in so many more things outside the office, it was pretty much that.

“But now, it’s an incredible blessing to see what happens when you try to do something for other people that’s not just your everyday job. This is truly a shock of an award.”

Besides Morrow Family Medicine, other award winners included the Villas at Canterfield, which received the Business of Year for an operation having 50 or more employees, and North Georgia Replacement Windows, which got the honor for businesses with 10 to 49 employees.

In addition, Gratitude Goodies was named Business of the Year for a company having fewer than nine employees, and Healthpons was named New Business of the Year.

Torri Westmoreland, owner of In-Depth Wraps and an active chamber volunteer, presented the awards.

She noted that small businesses, as defined as having 500 or fewer employees, make up a large percentage of the nation’s employers.

“Across the country, these 28 million businesses employ over 50 percent of the working population, and have generated over 65 percent of the new jobs since 1995,” she said.

Westmoreland noted that more than 80 nominations were received for this year’s batch of small business awards, which was up 30 percent from 2013.

An awards committee reviewed each of the nominations to whittle down that list to eight finalists, which the committee then visited to determine the winners.

“We were positively inspired by what we saw,” Westmoreland said. “From challenging the system to fighting off a poor economy to basement hobbies to literally trying to save the world, no two professionals you’ll meet today traveled the same journey on their path to success.”

Jackie Martin, founder of A Matter of Motivation, presented the morning’s keynote address on the importance of positive thinking for business leaders.