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Greater Greer Chamber Honors Small Business

July 1, 2013

The Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce hosted the Small Business of the Year Celebration presented by Charter Business on Thursday, June 20 at the Cannon Centre. Owens Insurance was recognized as the 2013 Small Business of the Year and Mayor Rick Danner presented the “Mayor’s Award” to McLeskey-Todd Pharmacy and B.A. Bennett & Co., Inc.

 Small Business of the Year Award Presented by Charter Business: Owen’s InsuranceDon Owens started Owens Insurance in 1952. Riley Owens joined the agency in 1983 and bought the agency in 1993, keeping Owens Insurance a family business. Shane Lynn became a partner in 2009 and Chris Crist became a partner in 2010. Owens Insurance has been protecting the Upstate since 1952. Almost 60 years of dedicated service means that you can trust Owens.

The tradition of a family owned business continues today with Chris Crist and Shane Lynn. The brother-in-laws not only work together theyalso spend their leisure time together helping in the community. During theworkweek they are busy fulfilling the needs of their customers. They may behelping a large or small company with their property, liability, auto or workers’ compensation insurance or they may be assisting an individual with their needs for homeowners, auto, or life insurance. After the end of the workday and on the weekends they are busy with everything from coaching sports teams to helping out with Greer Family Fest and serving on the Greer Chamber board. Chris is the girls’ soccer coach for Blue Ridge High School and Shane is a football coach for the Blue Ridge Youth Association. Both of them are very active in their churches serving on boards, teaching Sunday School, helpingwith VBS, and pitching in wherever needed! All of these characteristics andtheir commitment to the Greer Community are what led to Owens Insurance being named the Small Business of the Year.

 Mayor’s Award Winner: McLeskey-Todd Pharmacy
McLeskey-Todd Pharmacy recently celebrated their 90th anniversary in May. An independent pharmacy located at 107 North Main Street in Greer, McLeskey-Todd has become a trusted source for prescription and over-the-counter medicine needs. With over 90 years of quality service and experienced care for the people of Greater Greer, McLeskey-Todd Pharmacy is the epitome of the outstanding qualities that are celebrated in small businesses nationwide.


Mayor’s Award Winner: B.A. Bennett & Co., Inc.
BA Bennett & Co, Inc is also celebrating their 90th anniversary this year. Serving the Greer, Greenville,Spartanburg cities and surrounding communities, BA Bennett & Co. have provided quality insurance programs to our area since 1923. Located at the corner of Trade and Poinsett Streets, BA Bennett  & Co., serves as a true “main street agency” serving the needs of local people for 90 years.

The evening’s sponsors included:
Presenting Sponsor - Charter Business
Diamond Sponsors – Just for You Jewelers and New Horizons Family Health Services
Gold Sponsors – City of Greer, Southwest Airlines
Table Sponsors – B.A. Bennett & Co, Inc., Citizens Building & Loan, Owens Insurance, Upstate Workforce Investment Board, Wild Ace Pizza and Pub, and Velocity Park

The end of the night provided plenty of excitement as a one-carat diamond, donated by Just for You Jewelers,  was won by Jennifer Humphrey of Greer. Other prizes given away during the evening included two Dallas Cowboys tickets donated by Velocity Park, two airline tickets donated by Southwest Airlines, and use of a BMW for a Weekend donated by BMW.

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