The ANCHOR Awards was created by the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce to honor, reward, and celebrate the achievements of outstanding small businesses and nonprofit organizations in the community. This is a more in-depth look at this year’s recipients:
Small Business Category 1 (50 or Less Employees)
Fletcher Construction Company, Inc.
3311 Shortcut Road, Pascagoula, MS
228-762-5792 | www.fletcherconst.com
Co-owners Hank Torjusen (President) and Lance H. McCarty (Secretary/Treasurer):
Our company has been a leader in this community since 1962. If you drive east to west or north to south in Jackson County, you will see many large and small structures that we’ve built. Our greatest resources are our employees. The employee longevity and loyalty allows us to continue our tradition of competitive pricing and outstanding field performance.
Since our first project, our operating principles have been to provide clients with the highest quality product consistent with their requirements and budget; maintain experienced and dependable employees; maintain professional relationships with clients, subcontractors, and suppliers; and reflect courtesy and common sense in all aspects of construction.
Small Business Category 2 (51 to 200 Employees)
634 Delmas Avenue, Pascagoula, MS
228-460-8454 | www.chancellorinc.com
Kimberly Gattuso, Marketing Director, Chancellor, Inc.:
We are proud of our electrical distribution expansion along the Gulf Coast over the last decade. We started on the Gulf Coast with a single distribution branch in Gulfport, MS, and have since added a sales office in Pascagoula, MS, along with distributor branches in Baton Rouge, LA and Mobile, AL. Our team of more than 100 employees serves customers in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, and Texas.
Chancellor, Inc. highly values relationships—those with employees, our customers, and vendor partners. This translates into an enjoyable work environment where we are more like family than just coworkers and business partners.
Rookie Business (1 to 3 Years in Business)
BAZ Family Medical Clinic
4310 Chicot Street, Pascagoula, MS
228-205-4737 | http://www.bazmedicalclinic.com
Jeanette Shabazz, PhD, FNP-C (Nurse Practitioner) shared her secrets to success:
My greatest success thus far has been raising beautiful, honest, hardworking children who are God fearing, kind, and successful in their own right. I am a super proud mother! Having a successful career/business and raising a family is achievable. We women can have it all, contrary to what many say!
I would encourage ALL, especially female entrepreneurs, to become ‘GOAL DIGGERS.’ Set your goals for the short-term, mid-term, and long-term. Lastly and most importantly, never let the naysayers steal your dream. There are plenty of naysayers out there, so let them be your motivation to succeed.
I am passionate about educating the public on health and wellness, including but not limited to: disease prevention, disease progression, and disease management. We participate in various health fairs providing free health screenings for participants. The second Saturday of each month we host ‘Give Back Saturdays’ for those who are uninsured and underinsured.
Jules P. Shabazz, Administrator, added:
Our biggest tip and best advice to other businesses would be to build bridges with all of your local small businesses and to work as a unit. Most importantly be adaptable to change, and stay positive.
Dream Program, Inc.
PO Box 2040, Gautier, MS
228-471-5054 | www.dreamprogram.net
Billy Dungan, Executive Director, Dream Program, Inc., answered:
Dream Program was established in 2006, and for the most part, was nurtured and matured by Founder Troy Trigg who also served as Executive Director and President of the Board through its first 10 years. Today the program is larger than ever, offering more activities than ever, to more athletes than ever. Dream Program continues to grow in programs, athletes, and volunteers each season, and we are excited about the future.
Our advice to others would be to find employees and/or volunteers who are passionate about the Mission Statement, and hold onto them! Share success with all, and celebrate even small things. We are unique in that we are an ‘All-Volunteer Organization’ that exists to serve the needs of individuals with disabilities, and it is free of charge!