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Chamber honors four small businesses

Posted Feb. 20, 2019

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The staff of 6th Ave Homes celebrates being named Grand Forte Small Business of the Year.

Four thriving Tarrant County enterprises were recognized as outstanding businesses by the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce during the State of the City Luncheon this week.

6th Ave Homes, a one-stop shop for buying, selling, design and renovation of homes, was named 2019 Grand Forte Small Business of the Year.

Other category winners were:
Emerging business (up to three years): Manufacturing/distribution: Silver Creek Materials, a leader in recycling, compost, mining and organic products.
Consumer/retail: Tribe Alive, a sustainable fashion brand employing more than 150 people in underdeveloped areas in five countries.
Professional services: Elements of Architecture, a full-service commercial architectural firm.

“Small businesses are a key indicator of a region’s economic health,” said Jarred Howard, the chamber’s senior vice president for small business and entrepreneur. “The Forte Awards give us a platform to showcase and promote some of the incredible work they do.”

For the first time, the competition — formerly called Small Business of the Year — was categorized by industry and not the number of employees. How the judges measured success remained the same: business growth and performance, sound business strategies and practices, customer service strategies, business challenges, unique and innovative approaches, and community involvement.

The award was renamed the Forte as a play on the city’s name as well as recognizing a person’s strong suit, talent and skill. The 12 finalists were judged on their written applications and site visits by business owners and professionals who are members of the chamber and graduate students from TCU’s Neeley School of Business.

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