Business owners in Wichita Falls were honored for their hard work and dedication during the annual Small Business Awards banquet on Tuesday evening.
Organizers say small businesses are the backbone of the economy in Wichita Falls and on Monday, a variety of local businesses competed in three categories: Small Business Person, Family Owned Business and Young Entrepreneur.
Jody Wade with Jody Wade Enterprises won the Small Business Person award and says he is humbled by the recognition.
"My future is to take care of the citizens of this city and give them the service that they need and I want to thank the citizens and our city and the city leaders for putting trust in me for handling their business," Wade says.
Other finalists in the Small Business Person Award category include Rick Belz for Builders Wholesale, Cheryl Botkin for State Farm Insurance, Trent Dockstetter for High Tech Office Systems, Brian Hooker for Wichita Valley Enterprises, Andy and Kocher and Kelly Blake for Starbrite Cleaners, Terry McAdams for Mac Tech Solutions, Mike Muirhead for Financial Partners, Carol Murray for H&R Block, Chad Skoasberg and Chase Brom for Audio Source and Colt West for Crane West.
In the Family Owned Business Award, the finalists were Clarke Eyecare Center, Lake Road Welding, Groves Electric and Luby's.
Groves Electric walked away with the award.
In a new category, the Young Entrepreneur award, three young business owners under the age of 30 competed for this new award.
John Stoiloff with Farmer's Insurance won the honor after competing against Mason McCleskay with Domain Realty and Merrill Sweat with M. Lynne Designs.
All three winners in Wichita Falls will go on to compete in the Dallas/Fort Worth district competition at the end of the year.
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