Firefighting's Finest Moving and Storage Named Small Business of the Year by Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce
Firefighting's Finest Moving and Storage, Inc. has received the 2016 Small Business of the Year Award from the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce. Executive Vice President Patrick Dodson accepted the award at Mayor Betsy Price's State of the City address at the Fort Worth Convention Center February 16, 2016.
Firefighting's Finest won in the 51 to 150 employee category and was chosen from a field of 125 nominees in four categories based on number of employees. Criteria for the award are business growth and performance, sound business strategies and practices, customer service strategies, business challenges, unique and innovative approaches, and community involvement.
"We are grateful for the being recognized as an elite small business in the Fort Worth area. We know it is a tribute and an honor to our incredible work force. Their hard work, ethics and customer service has allowed us to become the company that we are and will continue to be. We are thankful to our wonderful customers, the Chamber for the opportunity, the judges for taking time to be on the panel and to our families for being so understanding with the demands that come from being a customer service centered organization" said Derrick S. Potter, President of Firefighting's Finest Moving and Storage.
"These outstanding businesses are models of entrepreneurial vision, courage and spirit that define Fort Worth," said Bill Thornton, president and CEO of the Fort Worth Chamber. "Small businesses continue to drive our local and national economy, and with 87 percent of our 2,100 members being small businesses like these, the Chamber is committed to support their success and recognize their impact."
Each finalist was judged by a panel of Fort Worth Chamber business owners and professionals, most of them past award winners. Top entrepreneurial students from Texas Christian University's Neeley School of Business were also among the judges.
Firefighting's Finest receives a special recognition from Move for Hunger and the Southwest Movers Association for our continued efforts to fight hunger.
The Above and Beyond Award is presented by ESGR State Committees to recognize employers at the local level who have gone above and beyond the legal requirements of the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) by providing their Guard and Reserve employees additional, non-mandated benefits such as differential or full pay to offset lost wages, extended health benefits, and other similar benefits. The award is given in limited numbers by state committees to employers who have had at least one of their supervisors/managers recognized with a Patriot Award, and who have signed or agree to sign a statement of support (SoS). State committees are authorized maximum discretion in considering an Above and Beyond award (or other) for Patriot Award nominations of smaller firms, those with no individual supervisors specified, and other similar situations.
The first in ESGR's series of awards is the Patriot Award. An employee serving in the National Guard or Reserve, or the spouse of a Guard or Reserve member, may nominate individual supervisors and bosses for support provided directly to the nominating Service member and his or her family. The Patriot Award reflects the efforts made to support Citizen Warriors through a wide-range of measures including flexible schedules, time off prior to and after deployment, caring for families and granting leaves of absence if needed.
The Seven Seals Award is the broadest and most inclusive award given by ESGR and is presented at the discretion of the State Chair or by ESGR senior leadership. The Seven Seals Award is in recognition of significant individual or organizational achievement, initiative, or support that promotes and supports the ESGR mission, to include the efforts of the more than 4,700 volunteers who carry out ESGR's mission across the Nation on a daily basis.
Local Businesses Honored For Their Commitment to Ethical Business Practices in the Community Fort Worth, TX (September 19, 2013)–Better Business Bureau of Fort Worth and Tarrant County, Inc. (FWBBB) is pleased to announce three winners of the 2013 Better Business Bureau Torch Award for Marketplace Excellence. The Torch Award is given to local businesses that demonstrate a superior commitment to exceptional business standards. The 2013 Torch Award winners are:
“Every day, businesses across Tarrant and its surrounding counties are working hard to provide consumers and the community with the very best experience possible,” said Tom Eastman, FWBBB Chairman. “The Torch Award is a way for the FWBBB to recognize the positive contributions businesses are making to improve their communities and uphold ethical business practices.” Winners were selected based on their ability to demonstrate ethical business practices in four categories: Management Practices, Community/Investor/Stakeholder Relations, Communications/Marketing practices, and Industry Reputation. Nominations were reviewed by a panel of judges and winners were announced at the FWBBB's Annual Meeting and Torch Award ceremony on September 18th. The winners will advance to the International Torch Awards competition to compete with other businesses from across the country.
ESGR's Pro Patria Award is presented annually by each ESGR State Committee to one small, one large and one public sector employer in their state or territory. Recipients have demonstrated the greatest support to Guard and Reserve employees through their leadership and practices, including adopting personnel policies that make it easier for employees to participate in the National Guard and Reserves. This is the highest level award that may be bestowed by a state ESGR committee.