Birmingham Business Alliance presents 2015 Small Business Awards


The Birmingham Business Alliance named the winners and finalists of this year’s Small Business Awards, handed out at a celebration Tuesday night at the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel. Movers and shakers from throughout Birmingham were in attendance to honor the small businesses that provide the backbone of our community.

Betsy McAtee, president & CEO of Dreamland Holding Co., took home top honors as Small Business Executive of the Year.

As part of the award, McAtee will serve as Executive in Residence at the Brock School of Business at Samford University, where she will advise and mentor students and participate in other sundry events like judging the annual Regions Bank New Venture Challenge business plan competition.

Aside from McAtee’s marquee win, ten other awards were handed out last night including the following:

  • Barfield Murphy Shank & Smith LLC, Small Business Champion of the Year
  • Tracey Morant Adams, Jesse J. Lewis Jr. Small Business Advocate of the Year
  • Golden Flake Snack Foods, Legacy Business of the Year
  • The Watkins Agency, Small Business of the Year Award, with one to 15 employees; Simplified Logistic Solutions and Slade were named finalists.
  • o2ideas, Small Business of the Year Award, with 16 to 50 employees; Reliance Financial Group and Zeekee Interactive were named finalists.
  • Bridgeworth LLC received the Small Business of the Year Award, with 51 to 250 employees; Kassouf & Co. and Intermark Group were named finalists.
  • Tamika Holmes of T.D.H. Corp. LLC received the Young Professional of the Year Award; Marshall Rathmell and Hunter Strickler were named finalists.
  • The Red Barn received the Nonprofit of the Year Award, with a budget of less than $500,000; aTeam Ministries Center and Maranathan Family Learning Center were named finalists.
  • Hand in Paw received the Nonprofit of the Year Award, with a budget more than $500,000; Alabama Opportunity Scholarship Fund and Alabama Kidney Foundation were named finalists.
  • Isotope Eleven Inc. received the Technology/Biotechnology Business of the Year Award; Vincari and MedSnap LLC were named finalists.
  • Pack Health received the Emerging Business of the Year Award; In the Sports Zone and Emily’s Heirloom Pound Cakes were named finalists.
  • Creative Concepts received the International Trade Excellence Award; SEPCO and Alignment Simple Solutions were named finalists.
  • SisterGolf received the Dr. A.G. Gaston Emerging Minority- or Woman-owned Business of the Year; Emily’s Heirloom Pound Cake and Snatch My Waist were named finalists.
  • Betsy McAtee was named Executive of the Year; Jake McKenzie, CEO of Intermark Group, and Demetrius Paschel, president and CEO of Paschel Productions LLC, were named finalists.

“The BBA’s Small Business Awards are a great way to celebrate Birmingham’s unique and thriving entrepreneurial culture,” said Brian Hilson, the business consortium’s CEO, following the event.

“We consider the companies and professionals honored each year with these awards as great ambassadors for our city and vital to our economic development efforts,” said Hilson.


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