Grand Strand SCORE Presents Annual Awards to Local Businesses

Small Business of the Year - J & J's Butcher Shop

November 6, 2008, Myrtle Beach, S.C.

At their annual Awards Banquet, Grand Strand SCORE honored four local businesses for their achievements and contributions to the Grand Strand. Local SCORE clients who have had success and have allowed SCORE to document their success are eligible for the Small Business Success Award. This award acknowledges that the business has either started up or has improved their operations with consistent improvement over at least a two year period. Winners of this award are eligible for Grand Strand SCORE's Small Business of the Year.

The honorees for the 2008 Small Business Success Award are:
    - The Mac Guy
    - The Clothes Boutique
    - Izzy-B

The fourth award is Grand Strand SCORE's Small Business of the Year. This award recognizes not only continuing improvement and success, but also a commitment to quality, customers and to the community. Outgoing Chairman, Sam Bookhart and new Chairman Bill Cole presented the award to J & J's Butcher Shop of Murrells Inlet. Mr. Bookhart commented, "Most small businesses face their stiffest test during the first two years of operation. We are pleased to see that fine entrepreneurs like Jeff and Donna Gore are able to weather the trials of a start-up and, in fact, to thrive on them while growing a sustainable, customer oriented operation." Mr. Cole added, "The passion and competence exhibited by the Gores should be an inspiration to start-up businesses everywhere. They have shown that customer focus along with loving what you do and doing it well still means success."