By Samantha Gamez
The 2017 Bryan Rotary 10 Business Awards Luncheon was held on June 14 at the Hilton College Station. Started in 1994 as the Newman 10 Awards, the Bryan Rotary 10 Business Performance Awards celebrate the 10 fastest growing businesses in Brazos County for their achievements and for their impact on the local community. Businesses that wish to be considered for the award must provide financial information and meet specified criteria.
To be eligible, businesses must be locally based, private, independent, and in business for at least five years. They must also have sales between $50,000 – $25 million and a sales increase in the 2015-2016 fiscal year. Businesses must apply, and after the application is submitted, an economist at the Mays Business School at Texas A&M University calculates each business’ growth over a three-year period. The winners are determined based on the published results.
This year’s top winner with a three-year sales growth of 1,745.17 percent is Exotermix. The second fastest growing business is A Brush Above Services, LCC, followed by The Barracks Construction Group. The full roster of winners is:
Every year during the Bryan Rotary 10 Business Awards, the Anco Insurance Lifetime Business Achievement Award is also presented to one business. This year’s recipient is Denise Fries, owner of Fries Financial Services. Fries Financial Services has previously received three Bryan Rotary 10 Business Awards, including number one fastest growing business in 2011.
Underwriters for the Bryan Rotary 10 Business Performance Awards are Anco Insurance in partnership with the Bryan College Station Chamber of Commence and Mays Business School Texas A&M University.
Brad Napp, Small Business Advocate in the Office of Texas Governor Greg Abbott, was keynote speaker for the event and spoke on the importance of small businesses in the Texas economy. Small businesses make up more then 98 percent of Texas employers. He also discussed new initiatives such as The Governor’s Commission for Women and other resources to help minority owned businesses. For more information about those programs, visit gov.texas.gov.