2015 Business North Carolina’s Small Business of the Year National Wiper Alliance Inc. of Swannanoa received top honors at a December luncheon at The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge in Charlotte, sponsored by Southern Pines-based First Bank. Runners-up are Club Canine, Granite Falls; Color Masters Painting Inc., Raleigh; and Geological Resources Inc., Monroe. As is tradition, the previous year’s winner presented the new titleist with gifts. Leah Wong Ashburn, president of Asheville-based Highland Brewing Co., stacked high a series of specialty beers for National Wiper President Jeff Slosman.
Photos by Allison Williams