In recognition of the outstanding achievements and contributions of our local small business owners, the Chamber annually recognizes three finalists and a winner for the Small Business Leader of the Year. This award, given during the Chamber's Small Business Awards event, recognizes an individual who has not only demonstrated successful operation of his or her business, but who also has made significant contributions to the community and shown business leadership. The Chamber first recognized a Small Business Leader of the Year in 1985.
Small business is a major force in our local economy and contributes to the growth and vitality of Pitt County. Small businesses create jobs, spark innovation and provide opportunities for many people to achieve success and independence.
1985 - Leslie H. Garner - Garner Wholesale
1986 - Parker Overton, Jr. - Overton's Inc.
1987 - Durwald Harris - Harris Supermarkets
1988 - Richard R. Miller - R.R. Miller Construction, Inc.
1989 - Edgar D. Murphrey, Jr. - CopyPro, Inc.
1990 - Donald J. Edwards - University Book Exchange
1991 - Kelly Barnhill - Hendrix Barnhill Co., Inc.
1992 - Linda Thompson - Hanks Homemade Ice Cream
1993 - Bobby R. Boyd - Boyd Associates, Inc.
1994 - Mike Aldridge - Aldridge & Southerland Realtors
1995 - Patricia W. Schmidt - Brookcliff Publishers
1996 - Mark & Carol Anter - Little Caesars Pizza
1997 - Janet Carpenter - CPA/PFS, CFP
1998 - Susan Daughtry - Greenville Times
1999 - Connie Corey - First Choice Properties
2000 - Kathy Deal - FIT Weight Control Systems
2001 - Henry Hinton - Inner Banks Media, LLC
2002 - Jehu Taff - Taff Office Equipment
2003 - Lorie Stox - Pizzaz
2004 - Phil Flowers - Rock Springs Center
2005 - Emily Coffman - Faulkner & Associates Advertising | Richard R. Cox - Richard R. Cox, CPA
2006 - Mary Parsons - Parsons & Robinson Insurance
2007 - Linda Tripp - Carolina Court Reporters, Inc.
2008 - Will Daugherty - Evolve, Inc.
2009 - Bryant Kittrel & Stan Armstrong - Kittrell & Armstrong, LLC
2010 - Jenni Kolczynski - Jenni K. Handcrafted Jewelry
2011 - Polly Piland - State Farm Insurance
2012 - Lawrence Behr - LBA Group, Inc.
2013 - Bennie Hardy & Kim Braxton - Page & Smith, P.A.
2014 - Brian Churney & Tim Kirian - TWO MEN AND A TRUCK
2015 - Billy Ray Smith, MD - Eastern Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
2016 - Matthew Scully - The Scullery Coffeehouse and Creamery
2017 - Ashley-Nicole Russell - The Law Offices of Ashley-Nicole Russell, P.A.
2018 - Kevin & Jennifer Youngs - Youngs Physical Therapy & Sports Performance
2019 - Ileana Rojas Bennett - Maleku Jewelry