Big Things: Chamber celebrates small businesses

The 2021 Small Business of the Year Award winner for the 19th Annual Small Business Awards was presented to ReVida Recovery Group on Tuesday. From left to right, John LaPrise, Event Sponsor Walters State Community College; Jessica Rich, Event Sponsor Home Trust Bank; Kaissen Carr, ReVIDA Recovery Center; Leigh Sempkowski, Award Sponsor South Marketing Group; Joe Sellars, Event Sponsor Inner Digital and Chris Horn, Event Sponsor Citizens National Bank.

A relatively new business to the Lakeway Area that serves those with opioid addictions took the top honor Tuesday during the 19th Annual Small Business Awards of Excellence.

The luncheon, held at All Saint’s Episcopal School, was presented by Citizen Tribune and is held every year by the Morristown Area Chamber of Commerce.

“We are proud of these small businesses, who, through their involvement make a difference in our Chamber and our community,” said Steve Amos, the 2021 chamber president and emcee of the event.

ReVida Recovery Group, an opioid treatment facility, took away the top honor of the day, being named the 2021 Small Business of the Year Award winner.

There were a total of eight award winners for the event. Also winning in this year’s ceremony included:

• 2021 Horizon Award: U.S. Diabetes Care

• 2021 Finance/Insurance/Real Estate Award: Citizens National Bank

• 2021 Service-Based Business Award: Advanced Landscaping

• 2021 Healthcare-Based Business Award: Crescent Center Drugs

• 2021 Non-Profit Business Award: Tennessee Community Assistance Group

• 2021 Hospitality/Leisure-Based Business Award: Family Fun Zone

• 2021 Retail-Based Business Award: The Girls & Me Boutique

Those eligible for the award were chamber members with 50 employees or less. Amos told the crowd gathered that small businesses make up 87% of the chamber’s membership and contribute 72% of the chamber’s investment dollars.

In the past 50 years, half of those serving in volunteer leadership roles, such as board president or chairman, have come from small businesses.

The chamber began soliciting nominations in February and applications arrived in March.

A total of 27 businesses were nominated for awards.

Event sponsors for the event included Citizens National Bank, Home Trust Bank, Inner Digital and Walters State Community College.

Award sponsors included Express Employment Professionals, The Girls & Me Boutique, Lowland Credit Union, Morristown Pediatric Dentistry, Purkey, Compton, Swann & Carter LLC, Quality Waste, South Marketing Group and The Tennessee Credit Union.

Amos asked that all 27 nominees stand up to be recognized before the awards were handed out.

“To us, they are all winners,” he said.