The Alexander County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) has announced the winners of the 2016 Alexander County Readers’ Choice Awards. Working in conjunction with The Taylorsville Times, the EDC believes this awards program is an excellent way to provide much-deserved recognition and honor to the small business community here in Alexander County, and is an important part of the “Buy Local” campaign.
One of the EDC’s goals is to help retain, promote, and grow Alexander’s existing small businesses, which are essential to the economic vitality of the community. The “Buy Local” campaign continues to gain momentum as the public becomes more aware of the need to support local merchants and keep sales tax dollars here in the community.
“We hope you’ll support the many businesses recognized by the Readers’ Choice Awards program. It’s a mindset to always think locally, before crossing county borders to do your shopping,” stated Gary Herman, Small Business Development Coordinator for the EDC.
The awards survey contained approximately 90 blanks in which residents voted for their favorite businesses. Categories included: Dining Out; Having Fun; Professional Services; Community Favorites; Shopping; Health & Wellness; Financial; Automotive; and Out-of-County Favorites. Two lucky survey respondents won $50 each for taking time out of their busy schedules to help promote their favorite businesses.
This year being the third annual Reader’s Choice Awards, it was interesting to see which categories generated the most interest, and which businesses received the most recognition. The winning business owners, which were presented framed certificates, have all been excited and honored that the people voted for them, instilling a sense of pride in the business community, Herman said.
The EDC Board expressed appreciation to the many citizens who cast more than 10,000 votes in this year’s campaign, with approximately 350 surveys completed. The goal of the Readers’ Choice Awards program is to help local residents learn more about the small business community in Alexander County, and to heighten awareness of the many businesses and services available locally. The EDC encourages citizens to continue to “Buy Local” by supporting Alexander County businesses with the reminder: before you buy, make sure you’re supporting YOUR community, not someone else’s.
Readers can keep up-to-date with the Alexander County EDC on their “Buy Local” Facebook page, and/or follow them on Twitter. Plus, the public can stay current on local events and attractions at the EDC’s tourism website, www.VisitAlexanderNC.com.