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Four enterprises earn Chamber’s Small Business of the Year Awards

Posted Feb. 27, 2017

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Mayor Betsy Price greets winners of the Small Business of the Year Awards. From left, Jim Vineyard, Northstar Bank; Mayor Price; Vince Puente, Southwest Office Systems; Mark Nurdin, Fort Worth Chamber chairman; Buddy Puente, Southwest Office Systems; Carlo Capua, Z’s Café; Trent Henckell, Alpha Industries; Steve Meek and David Johnson, The Fulcrum Group; and Jason Scoggins, Alpha Industries.

Four successful Tarrant County enterprises received the 2017 Small Business of the Year Award from the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce. The annual awards were announced at Mayor Betsy Price’s State of the City address on Feb. 22.

The winners:

  • Emerging Business: Alpha Industries LLC. Industrial construction, fabrication and global logistics.
  • One-10 Employees: Z’s Cafe. Family-owned catering service with a nonprofit partnership.
  • 11-50 Employees: The Fulcrum Group Inc. IT services firm providing outsourcing to small and midsize businesses.
  • 51-150 Employees: Southwest Office Systems Inc. Second-generation, family-owned and -operated independent dealer of document technology.

“Small businesses may not make big headlines, but they are the foundation of a thriving economy,” said Sherry Green, chairman of the Chamber’s Small Business Council and president of Technology Team, a previous award winner. “These passionate and determined business owners reflect the pioneering spirit of our city and the diversity of Fort Worth’s business base.”

The winners were chosen from a record-breaking field of 147 nominees. Each finalist was judged on a written application and a site visit by business owners and professionals who are members of the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce, most of them past SBOY award winners. Top graduate students from TCU’s Neeley School of Business were also among the judges.

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