Chamber accepting nominations for 2018 Business Award

Published 11:38 am Wednesday, January 16, 2019

by Teresa Beale

Nominations are now being accepted for the prestigious Franklin-Southampton Area Chamber Business of the Year Award. Although not required, you are strongly encouraged to add a few notes on why you think this business should be selected as the 2018 honoree. The award will be presented at the Chamber’s 65th annual meeting, and the date will be announced.

Nathan Sawyer, center, expresses his thanks that Repair Tech was named the 2017 Business of the Year by the Franklin-Southampton Area Chamber of Commerce. With him are his brothers and fellow co-owners of the family-run firm, Craig Sawyer at left, and Mike Sawyer at right. Nominations are sought for the 2019 honoree. — File Photo

Businesses must be a member in good standing of the Chamber, should positively impact the community through its products and/or services, be a responsible employer with community involvement and must have been in business for at least three years.

Attributes may include:

• Performance – Impact on the local economy by hiring new employees and maintaining business growth.

• Innovation – creativity and ingenuity in new products/services offered.

• Leadership – positive response to problems or methods used to overcome adversity; the use of resources to help the community.

• Quality – outstanding levels of customer satisfaction and reputation; outward appearance of facility.

Previous honorees include:

• 2014 – Ellis & Beneta Cofield / Cofield’s Locksmith

• 2015 – Collin Pulley / Nottoway House Furniture

• 2016 – Billie Turner / The Village at Woods Edge

• 2017 – Craig, Nathan and Mike Sawyer – Repair Tech Industrial Contractors

Please send nomination entries to by Thursday, Jan. 31.