Some small local businesses received some special recognition today.
Every year the Business Council of the Amarillo Chamber of Commerce get together to award some of Amarillo's top small businesses.
This year 10 different businesses received the 2007 Top Small Business Award and two businesses shared the honor of the Jim Henson Small Business of the Year Award. Sage Oil Vac Incorporated and Stephens and Hagan Interior Design received that honor.
One partner of Hagans and Stephens reminisced about the path they have travelled. "This is our 10th year anniversary, and in many ways it's humbling to look back at where we started. Mary and I had one small space, and we shared a computer. We did everything including cleaning the toilet," says Majorie Hagan-Ellis.
We spoke with both partners, and the other was proud to receive the honor as two women starting a company. Mary Stephens said "I think you can be anything you aspire to be. Through faith, hard work, and determination, there are a lot more opportunities for women.
The Vice President of Business Development with the Chamber John Teague told us these awards are important because small business drives our economy.
Amarillo Chamber of Commerce Top Small Business 2007 Award Winners
Winners of the 2007 Jim Henson Small Business of the Year Award