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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 24, 2013 
 
Contact: Justine Gazzola
Phone: 704-336-2350
Cell: 704-315-3259
 
 
Local Businesses Honored at Crowns of Enterprise Awards Ceremony
 
(Charlotte, N.C.)  -- Four local businesses were honored at last night’s 2nd annual Charlotte-Mecklenburg Crowns of Enterprise Awards ceremony. Hosted by the City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County, awards were presented to the Small Business Enterprise of the Year, Minority Business Enterprise of the Year, Woman Business Enterprise of the Year and Rising Star Business of the Year. All of the businesses that received awards were recognized for demonstrating exemplary leadership and sound business strategies.
 
During the ceremony, David Tobin and Steve Starr with Tobin Starr + Partners were presented with the Small Business Enterprise of the Year award. The Charlotte-based architectural and design firm, which was founded in 1999, specializes in community, corporate and consumer planning and design.
 
Ron J. Leeper with R.J. Leeper Construction received the Minority Business Enterprise of the Year award. The minority-owned general construction company mentors subcontractors and involves minorities in all areas of projects.
 
Additionally, Traci Williams with Crescent Construction Services was recognized as the Woman Business Enterprise of the Year. The minority and woman-owned firm specializes in commercial and industrial commissioning and project management.
 
Also, Milagritos Aguilar with Red Rooster Contractors received the Rising Business of the Year award. Red Rooster Contractors is a small, minority, woman-owned residential and commercial roofing firm. The Rising Business of the Year award was presented to a nominated firm that demonstrated exceptional business practices and promising growth by the five member judging board of local small business community leaders.
“The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Crowns of Enterprise Awards gives us an opportunity to celebrate the achievements and successes of the city and county’s minority-owned, woman-owned and small businesses,” said Mayor Pro Tem Patrick D. Cannon. “The businesses that were selected to receive an award excel in providing reliable, economical and exceptional quality service.”
 
"We are pleased that the City and County have been able to work together on recognizing those in our community who, although small, are able to achieve amazing things!" said Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioner's Vice Chair Kim Ratliff. "Small and minority owned businesses make-up the heart of our community and stepping-out to recognize them is the best way to encourage more entrepreneurs to step forward."