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Small Business Awards Honor Accomplished Local Business Owners

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The 27th annual Roanoke Small Business Awards kicked off Thursday night. A number of local companies were honored, but it was the Roanoke Natural Food Co-Op that took home the big prize. It was named the region's small business of the year, for its increase in sales and for opening a second store.

A total of 70 local businesses were honored for their accomplishments.

Award winners by category are:

  • Small Business Advocate: Wendy J. Jones, Williamson Road Area Business Association
  • Small Business Veterans of the Year: Nancy Harms and William Holmes, Patriot Drug & DNA Testing
  • Construction/Real Estate: MKB, REALTORS continues to show growth even during uncertain economic times in the housing market.
  • Micro-Business (five or fewer  employees): American Biosystems has discovered its niche market of sales of microbial enzyme products to the international market.
  • Technology:  JPI is an information technology and program management consulting firm specializing in support services for its federal government clients.
  • Business-to-Business Services:  Devine Building Services opened in 2002 and has grown into the region's largest building services company.
  • Business-to-Consumer Services: East Mental Health helps their patients foster independence while managing symptoms of mental illness through a holistic approach.
  • Wholesale/Retail: Roanoke Natural Foods Co-Op.
  • Manufacturing: Tecton Products designs and manufactures custom fiberglass putrusions that are durable and weather-resistant.
  • Legacy Award (in business for 50+ years):  Wood's Service Centers has provided automotive services, repairs and towing to the citizens of the Roanoke Valley since 1957.
  • Not-for-Profit Arts & Culture: Center in the Square is a unique cultural complex dedicated to serving the community as an active participant in economic development.
  • Not-for-Profit Health & Human Services: DePaul Community Resources works with other non-profit organizations in the region to transform the lives of special needs clients.