From Newnan-Coweta Chamber Press Release
The Newnan-Coweta Chamber will host its 2018 Small Business of the Year Awards, presented by SouthTowne Motors and UBS Financial Services, Inc., on Aug. 29 at The Newnan Centre.
These awards pay tribute to the strength of Coweta’s small businesses and will recognize one of our community’s small businesses as the outstanding Small Business of The Year at the awards ceremony luncheon. The keynote speaker for this year’s luncheon will be Nick Carse, co-founder of King of Pops of regional fame.
The Chamber’s Top 10 Finalists for the 2018 awards are Cleaning With a Cause, Newnan; Dirt1X, Sharpsburg; Fine Lines Art & Framing, Newnan; Goldens on the Square, Newnan; J&M Pool Services, LLC, Senoia; Knox Pest Control Inc., Columbus; Mid-Georgia Garage Doors, Inc., Newnan; Monster Tree Service, Newnan; Moto-Tec-it.com, Newnan; and The Lighting Studio, Senoia.
The 2018 Honorable Mention Award Winners are Alfa Insurance, Sharpsburg; Aquanaut Plumbing Services, Senoia; At Home Assistants, Newnan; Cycle City Powersports, Newnan; Digital Collective, Fayetteville; Popped! Gourmet Popcorn and Fun Treats, Newnan; and Tim Stout & Associates, Senoia.
This year’s Small Business of the Year Award winners will be announced during the Small Business of the Year Awards and Celebration, set for 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at The Newnan Centre, 1515 Lower Fayetteville Road, Newnan. Tickets for the event are $35 for Chamber members and guests, $50 for non-members, and are available at the Newnan-Coweta Chamber or online at newnancowetachamber.org or by calling 770-253-2270.
New this year, the Small Business Awards will also include the presentation of the first Small Business Hall of Fame inductee, an honor that will recognize a longtime Coweta County business that is known for its contributions to the local economy.
The luncheon’s keynote speaker, King of Pops co-founder Nick Carse, is a true renaissance man playing the part of entrepreneur. He could start his day in a difficult negotiation with a company 100 times the size of King of Pops, quickly rewire an outlet at headquarters, and then ride his bike home to work in his garden. He’s a tireless worker, has really long hair, and is the engine that makes sure things continue to progress.
According to the company, there was never really a plan for King of Pops. It started as a conversation that three brothers were having on an epic trip through Central America. Over the years, that conversation turned into a dream, and when the youngest of the three, Steven, was laid off from his corporate job during the Great Recession, that dream became a reality. A few months later, Steven’s brother Nick left his job as a lawyer to become the second employee. The brothers went from layoffs and courtrooms to making people happy. The sharp contrast helped them realize how precious each day really is.
While the company has grown a good bit since 2010, it is committed to staying within the South. There are a lot of great places out there, they say, but King of Pops feels that “by limiting ourselves geographically, we can have a greater impact on the place we call home. Our impact is realized by being a positive food influencer, a relentless community supporter, and most importantly a generator of Unexpected Moments of Happiness (UMoHs).”
King of Pops can be found all across the Southeast with their famous pushcarts and rainbow umbrellas, in “poptails” at bars and restaurants, in stadiums and local universities, and in freezers at stores in local neighborhoods.
Small Business is big business in Coweta County and nationwide. Nearly 97 percent of all businesses employ fewer than 100 employees, and these establishments account for 54 percent of the workforce. Small business accounts for two-thirds of job growth, and small businesses are key contributors to a growing and prosperous economy.