Goldsby, founder of Integrated Computer Solutions Inc.,
accepts the COSBE Award Thursday from Tina McManama, marketing
director of the Montgomery Advertiser, at the 2005 COSBE
Small Business Awards at the Carmichael Center.
by Karen S. Doerr Advertiser
that confronts the ever-changing threats to computer security
for customers across the nation was honored Thursday as the Small
Business of the Year.
Steve Goldsby, founder of Integrated Computer Solutions, accepted
the COSBE Small Business of the Year award. The annual award from
the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce's Council of Small Business
Enterprises, goes to an area company that has experienced significant
growth in employees, revenue, profitability or its impact on the
Goldsby founded Integrated Computer Solutions in 1997 after leaving
the Air Force. The information security consulting firm does work
for the U.S. Department of Defense as well as for businesses,
nonprofit agencies and other groups.
Jones, left, and Ella Jones with Sunshine Travel and Tours,
Inc. accept the Category I Small Business Award from Guy
Davis on Thursday at the 2005 COSBE Small Business awards
presentation at the Carmichael Center.
In accepting his award during a ceremony at the Carmichael Center,
Goldsby thanked the people he works with.
"I'm not the smartest guy in the world, but I do have the sense
to surround myself with smart people," he said.
Emerging Business awards also were presented Thursday to 12 companies
that started within the past three years.
Marlena Farshee, owner of Advantage Closing, has been handling
real estate deals through her business for just over a year.
How did she manage to achieve Emerging Business award status?
"It's all about choosing the right people to surround yourself
with," Farshee said.
Whatley, Jr., far left, Jim Harwick, second from right, and
Ben Stakely, far right, all with Proethic Pharmaceuticals,
Inc. accept the Category IV Small Business Award from Guy
Davis Thursday evening at the 2005 COSBE Small Business Awards
at Carmichael Center.
Michelle Browder, one of the owners of PJR's Fish & BBQ Restaurant,
said the Small Business Incubator helped to mentor the business,
which opened Feb. 16, 2004. The restaurant is already planning
to expand, beginning with the addition of a patio, she said.
Cedric Varner, an advertising executive with WRJM-TV, received
a Minority Business Point of Light Award.
"We've been working with the Minority Business Development Department,
trying to support them as the minority community continues to
increase its profile in the Montgomery area," Varner said. "I'm
excited about the chamber and how it is trying to bring the total
Also honored Thursday were four top business students: Maliqua
Long of Alabama State University, Joseph Knoles of Auburn University
Montgomery, Joshua Robinson of Huntingdon College and Peter Spears
II from Tuskegee University.
COSBE Small Business Awards
Small Business of the Year:
Business of the Year:
Category I, 1-10 employees: Sunshine Travel and Tours Inc.
-- Ella and John Jones
Category II, 11-25 employees: Alabama Dumpster Service LLC
-- Ladon and Michael Dansby
Category III, 26-50 employees: Foshee Management, LLC/Foshee
Builders Inc. -- Golson M. Foshee
Category IV, 51-100 employees: ProEthic Pharmaceuticals Inc.
-- Carl Whatley Jr., Ben Stakely and Jim Harwick
& Small Business of the Year finalists:
to Toe -- Maurine Williams
Integrated Magnetic Imaging -- Suzanne Cristwell
Regitar USA Inc. -- Dr. Y.T. Tsai
Success Unlimited -- Susan Odle
We Finance Auto Sales Inc. -- Tony Richards and Kenneth Thomas
ABS Business Systems of Montgomery Inc. -- Tom Morris and
Advantage Closing LLC -- Marlena Farshee
Barking Bistro LLC -- Aaftine Roettgen
Bob Shuford Construction LLC -- Bob Shuford Sr.
Elegant Styles LLC -- Randy and Debra Holman
ERA Weeks & Browning Realty -- Sherry Weeks
Hilton Garden Inn -- Tom Hunt, Howard Porter, Alvin Bettcher
Olive Room & Nobles Restaurants -- Steve McGraw, Ted Nobles,
Ken Register and Hector Perez
PJR's Fish & BBQ Restaurant -- Michelle Browder, Pete McNeal
and Roger Staples
Sloan Southern Homes -- Pam Sloan
Transcendence Inc. -- Leland and Regina Talbert and James
Ware Jewelers -- Ronnie and Tina Ware
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