Local businesses honored in Tallahassee

Published: May. 11, 2018 at 3:57 PM EDT
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By: Mariel Carbone | WCTV Eyewitness News

May 11, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) — The Small Business Week Committee honored several Tallahassee businesses on Friday for their work and success.

Jersey Mike’s took home the “Small Business of the Year” award. Angelo and Kim Crowell own 12 of the franchises in Florida, Georgia and Alabama. The two are graduates of the Jim Moran Institute and opened their first shop here in Tallahassee.

"I just think there's a level of support in the community,” said Kim Crowell. “I think it's really important that when people go out and go to different businesses they understand that there's a person behind that. And that it's really important that they continue to support them as much as possible."

FAMU student Elijah Rutland was honored with the “Out of the Box Business of the Year” award. Rutland operates Fix My Sole, which paints custom designs on shoes. During his senior year of high school, Fix My Sole grossed $80,000 in sales.

General Capacity, which is owned by Jim Zheng, received the “Startup Business of the Year” award. The company develops and commercializes lithium ion capacitors, which was invented by Zheng. They provide products for the military as well as commercial customers.

Finally, the “Daryl Parks and Ben Crump Community Champion of the Year” was awarded to Alsco Linen and Uniform Rental Services of Tallahassee. The local branch partners with several charitable organizations in the community including the Kearney Center.

The Small Business Week Committee is made up of various organizations throughout Tallahassee including local and state government, local chambers of commerce and the universities.