EASLEY — The Greater Easley Chamber of Commerce held its 2014 Small Business Awards Luncheon and went beyond recognizing just small business in the community.
Members and attendees were first treated to a presentation by Tammy Johnson, owner of Liquid Catering and most recently named Entrepreneur of the Year for 2014 by the Small Business Administration. Johnson presented a lighthearted look at what she considered some of her best experience in being a small business owner, with poignant reminders for others on what she considered often forgotten details.
With the presentation of the 2014 awards by Brandon Cox and Michael Dent, the Greater Easley Chamber of Commerce recognized the following individuals or organizations for their contributions to the community as professionals and volunteers.
Non-Profit of the Year was awarded to Pickens County Meals on Wheels for its efforts to fight hunger with recognition for the intangibles its volunteers provide, especially to seniors within the county.
Young Professional of the Year was presented to Nicole Hemphill as a Victim’s Advocate along with the county’s Rape Crisis Center.
Small Business of the Year was awarded to Dosher Physical Therapy Associates, not only for its high quality service but for its time working with local students through Easley High School’s athletics program.
Pillar of Easley, awarded for both longevity and contribution to the community, was presented to Baptist Easley Hospital.
Cornerstone of Easley, an award presented to an individual for their achievements across a spectrum of considerations, was presented to Jack Ragsdale posthumously. Ragsdale’s credits included involvement with The Easley Progress to being a founding member of the chamber, promoting local business.