The 10th Anniversary ANCHOR Awards program will be held on Wednesday, August 8th, from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. at Pelican Landing Conference Center in Moss Point. Tickets are $30 each and include breakfast. Contact Linda Johnson at JohnsonL@jcchamber.com about sponsorship opportunities. Order tickets or tables online (www.jcchamber.com), at the Chamber (720 Krebs Avenue, Pascagoula) or by calling the Chamber at 228-762-3391. The ANCHOR Awards was created to honor, reward and celebrate the achievements of outstanding small businesses and non-profit organizations in the community.
This year’s 10th Anniversary ANCHOR Award nominees are the following:
Small Business of the Year Award Category 1
Machado Patano, PLLC
Southern Pest Control, Inc.
Small Business of the Year Award Category 2
Enhanced Environmental & Emergency Services
Hilton Garden Inn Pascagoula
Home Instead Senior Care
MCG Workforce Solutions
Pickering Firm, Inc. – Gulf Coast Operations
Rookie Business of the Year Award
Brady’s Steaks and Seafood
Old School Learning Depot
Non-Profit Organization of the Year Award
Coastal Family Health Center
Community Care Network and Sue’s Home
Dream Program, Inc.
Goodwill Industries of South Mississippi
Habitat for Humanity of the MS Gulf Coast
Jackson County Literacy Council, Inc.
Singing River Health System Foundation
This year’s Keynote Speaker, Dave Dennis, is President of Specialty Contractors & Associates, Inc., a commercial and industrial subcontractor. Dave was appointed by the Board of Governors to the New Orleans Federal Reserve Board in November 2001, as a representative from the business community and served as Chairman for three full terms. He has a prolific record of participation in community, civic, and industry activities, currently serving as an Executive Committee member of both the Mississippi Economic Council and the Gulf Coast Business Council. Dave has served as Chairman of Leadership Mississippi, Chairman of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce, State Chairman of Salute to Business and Industry, President of the Gulf Coast Economic Council, Chairman of the Walter Anderson Museum of Art, and State Chairman of BIPEC. He has been recognized as the Boy Scouts of America’s Distinguished Citizen of the Year, Mississippi’s Volunteer of the Year by the Mississippi Economic Development Council, National Volunteer of the Year by the Southern Economic Development Council, John R. Blossman Humanitarian of the Year, and received the DAR’s National Community Service Award. Dave and his wife, Jane, reside in Pass Christian. They have two children and two grandchildren.
Last year’s recipients (pictured) were the following: Compton Engineering, Inc. (Small Business Category 1); Community Bank (Small Business Category 2); Whimsy Books & Toys, LLC (Rookie Category); and Feeding the Gulf Coast (Non-Profit Category).
“The Jackson County Chamber of Commerce and the Chamber’s Small Business Issue Manager Group recognize that small businesses and non-profit organizations are the ‘anchors’ that make the community successful,” says Carla Todd Voda, IOM, President and CEO of the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce.
The Chamber is here to support community and business development within Jackson County. Opportunities such as this are available exclusively to members of the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce. Small businesses make up nearly 85 percent of the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce membership. The Chamber is here to support community and small business development within Jackson County. All businesses, organizations and individuals are invited to be a part of the Chamber membership.
Contact the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce at 228-762-3391, visit the office at 720 Krebs Avenue in Pascagoula or email Ling Burch at Membership@jcchamber.com to learn more about joining the Chamber. Other opportunities during Small Business Summer in addition to the ANCHOR Awards include Summer Learning Series seminars and $2,500 Small Business Grant applications. More information is available on www.jcchamber.com and the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce business page on Facebook.