Chamber Awards Small Businesses

This year's Douglas County small businesses of excellence include nine local businesses honored by the Chamber.

Sara Ray,

The Douglas County Chamber of Commerce and Douglas County Sentinel are pleased to announce the 2012 Small Businesses of Excellence. These nine businesses are recognized for successful operations and growth as well as service in their community.

The Chamber is proud to recognize the important role that small businesses play in Douglas County and its economy. They recognize the work of our Small Business Committee who created the Small Businesses of Excellence designation from what was previously our Small Business of the Quarter Awards.

In the second year of offering the Small Businesses of Excellence, the Chamber received more than 40 nominations for Chamber member businesses. After being nominated by the community and their peers, each company completed a thorough application covering company information, growth, community involvement and adversity among other criteria. An independent panel of judges composed of business professionals and community leaders reviewed the applications, met to discuss their findings and make their selections.

2012 Small Businesses of Excellence

– Douglasville Franchise

At Ameriprise Financial, we offer financial planning, investment advisory services, insurance, annuities, and retirement plans for individuals, couples and business owners.  The focus of the practice is on asset management and retirement income strategies to help clients achieve a confident retirement and maintain their lifestyle during retirement.

Atlanta’s Finest Catering is a family owned and operated catering business. Lorie Bomar, owner, and her staff provide a one stop shop for all your catering needs from food, linens, and bar services, to flowers and wedding cakes. With an extensive variety of foods ranging from collard greens to sushi, Atlanta’s Finest strives to serve you and your family. In 2009 Atlanta’s Finest took their catering to the next level by opening their own event facility.

Ben Hill Roofing & Siding Co.

For over four decades and 65,000 customers, Ben Hill Roofing & Siding Co., Inc. has successfully satisfied the renovation needs of valued residential, commercial, and industrial clients. Ben Hill Roofing is a certified drug-free workplace and a member of many different associations. They are an accredited member of the Better Business Bureau with an A+ rating since 1972 and were recently awarded for the 2nd year in a row with the Firestone  Inner Circle award. This award ranks them as one of the top 25 roofing companies in the country.

Cruise One – The Brooks Team

CruiseOne – The Brooks Team is a locally owned travel agency that believes it isnecessary for everyone to have fun, unwind and create lasting memories in order to live more satisfying and productive lives. Their travel professionals develop dream vacations by providing first-hand knowledge and personable customer service to their family of clients.

of Douglasville

Gold’s Gyms in Douglasville have served their community for 28 years and have been honored through many awards out of the 600 Gold’s Gyms in the world-wide brand. Although we have been recognized for industry leadership in Group Fitness, Customer Service and Personal Training, it is especially gratifying to be validated by the Chamber through a special award like this. Our goal has always been to enrich lives through fun and motivating fitness experiences and education and over 75,000 people have been members since our opening in 1984.

For more than 40 years, Merle Norman Cosmetics has been a part of making Douglas County women more beautiful!  Locally owned & operated for the past 28 years by Valerie Howell, this cosmetic studio also features a boutique area carrying popular ladies accessories such as:  Brighton, Vera Bradley & Yellow Box just to name a few. The personal touch and exceptional customer service, coupled with their great products is what makes Merle Norman of Douglasville a unique specialty shop! 

Northwest Georgia Recycling

NW Georgia Recycling is a full services recycling facility located at 8729 South Flat Rock road in downtown Douglasville. We purchase metals items from aluminum cans to engine blocks for recycling. We also serve as a drop off point for paper and sponsor plastics recycling at the Douglas County Landfill.

PT Solutions is a physical therapist owned private practice with locations throughout the Southeast. Our professional staff in Douglasville includes physical therapists, patient technicians, and athletic trainers. Our mission and vision is to exceed expectations. Our focus is to provide care in an enjoyable customer service environment and treatment delivery unique to each individual who enters our clinic. We treat orthopedic, spine, traumatic, and age-related injuries and diseases of the body.


Sam and Rosco’s Restaurant & The Centre at Arbor Connection work hand in hand to offer fresh food, outstanding service, elegant ambiance, reasonable pricing, and a great dining and social experience in every visit. They can easily accommodate intimate dinners for two to celebrations of 400 guests as well as full service catering at a location of your choosing.

For more information about the 2011 Small Businesses of Excellence, please contact the Douglas County Chamber of Commerce at 770-942-5022.


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