Small Business Awards

The Wichita Falls Chamber of Commerce and Industry handed out it's Small Business awards Monday, May 21.

John Ahearn received the 2012 Chamber Small Business Person Award. Ahearn took over the company four years ago when it was in bankruptcy and eight months later, it was in the black.

Other nominees for this year's Family Owned Business Award include:

  • Berend Turf & Tractor
  • Smith's Gardentown Farms
  • Wilson Office Supply

Other award recipients in the Small Business Person category include:

  • 1st runner up, Danny Ahern and John Dickinson- Iron Horse Pub.
  • 2nd runner up, Rodney Horn- Wichita Medical Supply Company.

Other nominees for this year's Small Business Person Award include:

  • Express Employment Professionals
  • Jerry's Sporting Goods
  • Johnson's Furniture
  • Kalco Machine & Manufacturing
  • Lalani Lodging
  • Parkway Grill and The Pelican Restaurant
  • Texoma Freight
  • Wichita Valley Enterprises (Comet Cleaners, Sunpoint Tanning and Planet Fitness)

The Pecan Shed was awarded with the 2012 Chamber Family Business award. The Montz family has been expanding that business for the last 30 years into what it is today.

The Pecan Shed is only the second company to receive the Chamber Family Business Award. Waggoner Carpet One received the honor in 2010, the first year the award was given.

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) requirements for the Small Business Person Award include a substantiated history as an established business, growth in the number of employees, increase in sales/unit volume, innovativeness in products/services offered, handling adversity, and contributing to the community.

The Family Business Award requirements are success in sales profits, employment opportunities for family and non-family members, demonstrated potential for long term business success and growth, voluntary efforts to strengthen family-owned businesses, and passed on from one generation to the next for at least 15 years.

Overhead Door Company and the Pecan Shed will be nominated for the SBA's Dallas District Small Business Awards, and may have the opportunity to compete at the state and national levels.