It's time once again to honor McDuffie County's Small Business of The Year.
The announcement of this year's winner will be the highlight of tonight's (Thursday) Business After Hours gathering of local business people at the annex of the Thomson Depot. This year's event is sponsored by The McDuffie Mirror in conjunction with the Thomson-McDuffie Chamber of Commerce.
The gala begins at 5:30 p.m. and ends at 7 p.m. Bragg 'n Hughes, an acoustic guitar and vocal duo from Washington, will be on hand to provide musical entertainment.
The Mirror was the recipient of the 2007 Small Business of The Year. Other past recipients of this prestigious honor in McDuffie County include: Langham's Clothes Corner Outlet, Thomson Construction Company, White Columns Inn, Luckey Printing Company, McDuffie Animal Clinic, Watson & Knox Insurance, Peacock Hill, Kelley Business Printers and Jimmy and Dena's Body Shop.
Chamber members also are urged to bring their business card in order to participate in a drawing for a $100 gas card.
It also marks a time when local chamber of commerce officials salute others who make up the small business community in McDuffie County, Thomson and the Town of Dearing.
"We want the owners of all small businesses in McDuffie County, Thomson and Dearing to know that we salute them and want to help them in any way that we can through the chamber," said Carolyn Gilbert, director of the Thomson-McDuffie County Chamber of Commerce. "We encourage business people who are not chamber members to join the chamber. It's very beneficial."
Mrs. Gilbert also is a strong advocate of shopping at home with local business people.
"It's very important that we support our small businesses, because they have invested a lot into our community," she added. "Without the support of our small businesses, we wouldn't be able to have a chamber of commerce. This is a time that we can celebrate the many achievements of our small business owners, entrepreneurs and employers who contribute to the vitality and prosperity of our community and create new job opportunities for our residents."
Currently, the Thomson-McDuffie County Chamber of Commerce has more than 275 small business members, according to Mrs. Gilbert.
Anyone wishing additional information about joining the local chamber of commerce should call the office at 706-597-1000.