Submitted by John Everette
Fishman PR & Marketing
Acorn Food Group, LLC, a Bojangles’ franchise group based in Jasper, Ga., was recently honored with a 2013 Blue Ribbon Small Business Award by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Bojangles’ is a Southern culinary staple known for its world-famous chicken, made-from-scratch buttermilk biscuits and Legendary Iced Tea. The group is being recognized for its dedication to the principles of free enterprise and its contributions to restoring jobs and prosperity.
Acorn Food Group, LLC, led by Franchise Partner Kristal Beaver, opened the Jasper Bojangles’ in 2006. The franchise group recently opened a second location in Canton, Ga., as well. Beaver and the group immediately began partnering with local churches, charities, and non-profits, operating under the motto of, “Yes is the answer, what is the question?” Through the countless positive relationships they have built in the community, loyal customers flocked to the restaurant to the tune of more than $2 million in sales in 2012. The Pickens County Chamber of Commerce, which Beaver describes as “wonderful and supportive,” put together the award nomination on behalf of Bojangles’ last year, surprising Beaver and her team when the announcement was made.
“We are humbled and honored to receive this award on behalf of Bojangles’,” said Beaver. “This job is more than just a business to us, it is a calling, and we’re proud to represent the brand in our local communities.”
This year’s 100 Blue Ribbon winners were selected from a record number of nationwide applicants and will be honored at America’s Small Business Summit 2013, which will be held from April 29-May 1 in Washington, D.C. On Feb. 15, seven of the Blue Ribbon recipients were announced as award finalists, and one will be named the DREAM BIG Small Business of the Year during the summit. The winner will be presented with a $10,000 cash prize courtesy of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
“The Blue Ribbon Award winners show that, even facing uncertainty and economic challenges, small businesses can grow and succeed,” said Thomas J. Donohue, U.S. Chamber president and CEO. “They are America’s economic engine, driving growth and job creation all across this country.”
Acorn Food Group, LLC is also eligible for the Community Excellence Award, which celebrates small business commitment to community and will be decided through online public voting Feb. 8-22. To learn more about America’s Small Business Summit, visit www.uschambersummit.com. To learn more about Bojangles’, visit www. bojangles.com
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As part of being named a U.S. Chamber Blue Ribbon Award Winner, Bojangles is eligible to win the organization’s Community Excellence Award. They are one out of 100 companies from around the country that are eligible.
The business that receives the most votes between February 8 and February 22 will be presented with the Community Excellence Award at America's Small Business Summit in Washington, D.C.
Go to https://dreambigaward.wufoo.com/forms/community-excellence-award-2013/