Small Business of the Year

In North Carolina, small business is big business. 2022 marks our 27th year of honoring the contributions small business make to our state’s economy. The winners and runners up will be profiled in the December issue and honored at an awards luncheon.

Congratulations to Business North Carolina’s 2021 Small Businesses of the Year
Lynch Mykins Structural Engineers, Raleigh

Elijah’s Xtreme Gourmet Sauces, Gastonia

Surf City Schoolhouse DBA Shaka Taco, Surf City

Clarity Counseling Center, Wilmington

2020 Winners

Barking Buddies, Greenville

Ekos Software, Charlotte

Holmes Security Systems, Fayetteville

Queen City Metals Recycling & Salvage, Charlotte

2019 Winner

Lightheart Gear / Excelsior Sewing, Fletcher

Runners-up: Ekos Software, Charlotte; Holmes Security Systems, Fayetteville; Queen City Metals Recycling & Salvage, Charlotte

2018 Winner

Bull City Burger, Durham

Runners-up: Clean, Raleigh; Ketchie, Concord; Powell & Stokes, Windsor

2017 Winner

Mertek, Inc., Sanford

Runners-up: Appalachian Antique Hardwoods, Waynesville; Quilt Lizzy, Warrenton; Transportation Impact, Emerald Isle

2016 Winner

Three Ships, Raleigh

Runners up: 2 Hounds Design, Monroe Mother Earth Brewing, Kinston Omega Construction Inc., Pilot Mountain

2015 Winner

National Wiper Alliance Inc., Swannonoa

Runners up: Club Canine, Granite Falls Color Masters Painting Inc., Raleigh Geological Resources Inc., Monroe

2014 Winner

Highland Brewing Co., Asheville

Runners up: Archer Advanced Rubber Components, Winston-Salem, Tar Heel Basements Systems LLC, Winston-Salem, Wray Ward LLC, Charlotte

2013 Winner

Dry Corp LLC, Wilmington

Runners up: Crayton Commercial LLC, New Bern Garris Grading and Paving Inc., Farmville Impact Financial Systems Inc. , Davidson

2012 Winner

Johnson Nursery Corp., Willard

Runners up: Fuentek LLC, Apex New Finish Inc., Norwood Prima Tech USA Inc., Kenansville

2011 Winner

DeFeet International, Hildebran

Runners up: Mercer Design Group,Weaverville Rhino Assembly Corp., Charlotte Something Classic Corp., Charlotte

2010 Winner

Advanced Technical Welding Inc., Etowah

Runners up: Carolina Management Team LLC, Enka H&H Homes, Fayetteville ICAN, Fayetteville

2009 Winner

Brushy Mountain Bee Farm Inc., Moravian Falls

Runners up: Rug & Home, Inc., Asheville Storm Technologies Inc., Albemarle W.P. Hickman, Asheville

2008 Winner

TigerTek, Stoneville

Runners up: Celtic Ocean International Inc., Arden K&S Tool & Manufacturing Co., High Point North State Environmental Inc., Winston-Salem

2007 Winner

La Farm Inc., Cary

Runners up: Foster Lake & Pond Management, Garner Geomagic Inc., Research Triangle Park Pit Instruction and Training LLC, Mooresville

2006 Winner

Masterpiece Staircase & Millwork, Matthews

Runners up: Acadia Northstar LLC, Rutherfordton Elizabeth City Glass Co., Elizabeth City Sageworks Inc., Raleigh

2005 Winner

Rick’s Auto Marketing Center, Carthage

Runners up: Broad Street Software Group, Inc., Edenton Choice Translating Inc., Charlotte JHE Production Group, Concord

2004 Winner

T.W. Garner Foods, Winston-Salem

Runners up: Coastal Industries, Washington McGill Environmental of North Carolina, Harrells National Dragway Corp., Rockingham

2003 Winner

Cheer Ltd., Fayetteville

Runners up: Motorsports Designs Holding Inc., High Point Speedway Plumbing, Concord St. Lawrence Homes, Raleigh

2002 Winner

Immaculate Baking Co., Flat Rock

Runners up: Mitchell Brothers Moving Inc., Greensboro S&L Painting and Decorating Inc., Winston-Salem Comquest Solutions Inc., Greensboro