After years of working in their family’s various construction companies, it was time for Charlotte Smarr and her daughters, Riley Smarr and Morgan Smarr...
Small Business Week has always been one of the most fun weeks of the Columbia Chamber of Commerce year. Each finalist has a party, and there’s the big reveal — you basically don’t get any work done the entire week if you’re a finalist, but it’s worth it. From getting to know new friends and new businesses to unlimited platters of snacks, it’s a great week.
This year, Small Business Week has a new meaning for us, as our parent company, The Business Times Company, was named the 2017 Small Business of the Year by the Columbia Chamber of Commerce. Wow! I think we’re all still in shock over this amazing recognition.
Though I’ve always enjoyed Small Business Week, I left this particular week with several great takeaways I’m still thinking about:
Throughout the years, I’ve gotten a chance to build relationships with the teams at AnnaBelle Events, Harold’s Doughnuts, Tompkins Homes & Development, and TrueSon Exteriors. They’re all immensely successful and talented, and they also have fantastic people behind those brands. We are honored to be in their company, and I hope you’ll enjoy reading about each of their businesses. We’ve committed to telling the finalist’s stories each year, so that means tooting our own horn a little, too.
Lastly, we hope you’ll join us at CBT’s Top of the Town party on June 28 at Logboat Brewing Co., presented by Columbia Regional Airport. If you’ve never been, it’s a fun evening outside with food, drinks, music, and lots of COMO biz love. You can buy your tickets on Eventbrite.