DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) -- The Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce recently honored its small business members during the organization's Small Business Week 2019, held May 13-17. The highlight of the week took place today during the Small Business Week Celebration Luncheon when Don Owens, owner of Dothan Powersports, was named the Chamber's 2019 Small Business Person of the Year.
Each year, nominees for the award are ranked on a point system that recognizes leadership in the community, customer satisfaction, business appearance, image and professional and civic involvement. Award nominees must reside in the Wiregrass area and own or operate a business with no more than 25 employees. Owens was selected by his peers for the award from among a slate of five Chamber members.
"I first want to thank the chamber for recognizing small businesses in the city. I feel truly honored in receiving this award. I would also like to thank all the many loyal customers who have been faithful to our business, our hard-working, dedicated employees and my family who have all played an important role in the success of the business," said Owens. "I strongly believe God has blessed Dothan Powersports and all our efforts through these past 69 years."
The 2019 finalists also included Marvin Cook, Scott-Cook Pharmacy; Candice Maddox and Talia Mills, Rock-N-Roll Sushi; Les Pinckard, Edward Jones; and Lance Shepard, Southern Heritage Funeral Home.
"Every year, the Chamber has several well-deserving small business persons nominated for this award, and this year was no exception," said Delvick McKay, from the City of Dothan and the Chamber's Membership Development Council chairman.
Other events throughout the week included two educational seminars and two networking events - Coffee & Clarity and a Business Connections and Tea Tasting. Velma Tribue, owner of Velma Tribue State Farm Insurance, served as the guest speaker at the luncheon.