Kendrick Paint & Body was one of 75 small businesses across the country to be named Blue Ribbon Small Business Award winners by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Owner Steve Kendrick was named Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce’s 2011 Entrepreneur of the Year in December, and part of his prize package was a nomination to the Blue Ribbon award.
Sue Parr, the president and CEO of the Metro Augusta Chamber of Commerce, said the innovation and customer care Kendrick Paint & Body demonstrated made them an excellent candidate for the national award.
“We were not surprised at all when we heard Kendrick’s was chosen,” Parr said. “When you look at family businesses, I think it’s remarkable that we have such a business that continues to outpace itself and continues to grow through several generations.”
Kendrick said he was pleased to find out about the award, but immediately deflected praise to his technicians, staff and customers.
“I feel really honored to receive the award, but it’s not me personally, it’s about our entire company,” he said.
The Blue Ribbon Award winners will be honored at America’s Small Business Summit 2012, which will be held from May 21–23 in Washington, D.C.
On March 15, seven of the Blue Ribbon recipients will be 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 prize courtesy of the U.S. Chamber.
Blue Ribbon businesses are also eligible for the Community Excellence Award, which will be decided in March through online public voting.
“The recipients of this year’s Blue Ribbon Award excelled in business amid great uncertainty and thrived despite difficult economic times,” said Thomas Donohue, the president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber. “More important than profits, their successes have provided much-needed jobs and hope to the people in their communities.”
Kendrick said he doesn’t think about beating the competition, but about giving his customers the best experience possible.
“There’s a lot of businesses out there that are special, so I don’t want to say we’re better than anybody else,” Kendrick said. “We want our customers to come to us and to know they don’t have to worry about anything.”