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Chamber Announces Small Business of the Year Finalists 

The Pittsburg Area Chamber of Commerce and BKD, LLP have announced the finalists for their 2018 Small Business of the Year Award. Based upon evidence of successful operations, as well as significant contributions to the community, the following businesses have been recognized as finalists for the award:

Custom Awards, LLC
Neptune Auto Repair
Sweet Designs Cakery

Our Small Business of the Year Award provides an opportunity to highlight three outstanding small businesses in the Pittsburg area each year. These highly visible, successful businesses are outstanding supporters of our community and each one is deserving of this distinction.

The finalists were selected by a nomination review committee, and interviews will be conducted with each of the finalists. The winner of the 2018 Small Business of the Year Award will be announced at the chamber’s Annual Banquet on May 24. 

Custom Awards, LLC

Custom Awards, LLC provides trophies, plaques, medals, crystal & acrylic awards, signage, engraving, gifts and more. Suzy started as an employee at Custom Awards Plus under Jim and Ellen Berger. Two years later she was given the opportunity to purchase Custom Awards Plus. Collins is active in the community as well, serving as an Ambassador for the Pittsburg Area Chamber of Commerce, and as a Lector, Rosary Leader, Eucharistic Minister and Parish School of Religion Catechist at Frontenac Sacred Heart Catholic Church. She was also recognized by the chamber as a 2018 Woman of Distinction. Today her purpose and passion lies in the community and offering her talents and service to her customers.

“In two short years she has grown this business to be a one stop shop and as she states, "anything is possible".”

Neptune Auto Repair

“Jeff and the crew strive every day to keep the customers safe and in reliable vehicles.  They are one of the most honest places in town and they have a program that breaks down your recommendations by priority.”

Sweet Designs Cakery

Sweet Designs Cakery is a small, custom cake shop in downtown Pittsburg that specializes in all types of confections. What started as a hobby in 2003 grew into a full blown small business by 2009. Owners Heather and Roger Horton are extremely active in the Pittsburg area community and are founders of Pittsburg ArtWalk. Heather currently serves as Chair of the Board for the Downtown Advisory Board, and was recognized by the chamber as a 2017 Woman of Distinction.

“She [Heather] is definitely an involved small business owner who helps make Pittsburg a better place.”

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