We are proud to be named a 2014 DREAM BIG Blue Ribbon Small Business of the Year by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce!
WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Chamber of Commerce today named Goodwin Company of Micanopy, Florida, a Blue Ribbon Small Business Award winner. The annual program recognizes companies for their dedication to the principles of free enterprise and contributions to restoring jobs and supporting economic growth. Goodwin Company was selected from a record number of applicants across the nation for demonstrating exceptional business practices in areas including strategic planning, employee development, community involvement, and customer service.
“As the business community has worked hard to do its part in moving the country forward economically, small businesses have continued to be the driving force responsible for much of our progress,” U.S. Chamber President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue said. “Our Blue Ribbon Award winners are the best of the best—growing and succeeding despite significant challenges.”
The Chamber will announce seven regional finalists on March 19 and honor all of this year’s Blue Ribbon Small Business Award winners at the 10th annual America’s Small Business Summit, taking place June 11 – 13 in Washington, D.C. During the summit, one regional finalist will receive the DREAM BIG Small Business of the Year Award, sponsored by Sam’s Club®, and a $10,000 cash prize courtesy of the U.S. Chamber. All Blue Ribbon winners are also eligible for the Community Excellence Award, which will be decided through online public voting February 19 – 28.
“The Chamber is proud to honor these outstanding small businesses for their contributions to the country’s economic recovery and continued hard work in their communities,” Donohue continued. “They represent the creativity, the determination, and the resilience of the U.S. business community and are examples of the enormous potential of businesses and employees across the country.”
A complete list of this year’s Blue Ribbon Small Business Award winners is available here.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations. Its International Affairs division includes more than 50 regional and policy experts and 25 country- and region-specific business councils and initiatives. The U.S. Chamber also works closely with 116 American Chambers of Commerce abroad.
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having a blast with some Heart Cypress!
Just imagine what this mantle will loo
like when it’s complete.
A Quick Tidbit:
Heart Cypress, of the Bald Cypress tree, is one of the few surviving prehistoric species. Cypress logs, estimated by scientists to be at least 100,000 years old, were unearthed in excavations for the Mayflower Hotel, in Washington, DC. Through centuries of adaptation to its environment, Cypress has developed an inherent resistance to destructive forces not found in other woods.
(source: “Cypress Lumbering on the St. Johns River from 1884 to 1944,” a term paper by Frank R. Owen, 1949).
Call Goodwin today to see how we can add a unique Heart Cypress flair to your home or office!
Special thanks to Fabulous Floors magazine for featuring Goodwin Company in their Winter 2014 edition. If you have not seen the magazine, be sure to check it out. Their Publisher & Editor-In-Chief, Margo Locust, does a top-notch job! Thank you, Margo!
May Day… May Day…
First Ever “Self-Defense for Wood Floor Professionals” to Be Presented as Part of the Key West Custom House Museum Re-finish
Goodwin Company is partnering with esteemed wood flooring professional Howard Brickman from Brickman Consulting to present the first ever class designed to help wood flooring professionals anticipate, avoid and resolve even the most complex installation pitfalls. “Self Defense for Wood Floor Professionals” is a must-attend for anyone in the wood flooring industry. As the former Manager of Inspection and School Services at the National Oak Floor Manufacturing Association (predecessor of the National Wood Flooring Association), Brickman has seen a plethora of unplanned wood floor problems. He is currently the nation’s premiere sought after expert in wood floor civil lawsuits.
“Self Defense for Wood Floor Professionals”
May 1st – May 4th, 2014
Key West Custom House Museum
Key West, Florida
Cost: $495, includes supplies
$450 Early Bird registration before March 31st
Course attendees will receive important training that will save their business money and boost their bottom lines. They will also gain a knowledge of wood floor installation and finish details that only a select few are privy, while creating a lifetime support network with Brickman and other nationally acclaimed wood flooring professional experts.
“The laws are increasingly skewed and there is a presumption of flooring contractor responsibility built into industry rules and guidelines that could put you at a significant disadvantage whenever there are disputes on the job,” explains Brickman. “I have developed a step-by-step program that levels the playing field. At the end of the course you will have a set of ‘tools’ that will prevent frivolous complaints from being used to negotiate a reduction or delay of the final payment, or worse yet getting caught in the crossfire between the General Contractor and the building owner on a large job.”