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Greater Greer Chamber Recognizes Greer Flooring Center, Inc. and Lisa Forrester at Small Business Awards Luncheon

July 1, 2009

(GREER, SC) The Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce recognized Greer Flooring Center, Inc. as the 2009 Small Business of the Year.  The award was presented at the Small Business Awards Luncheon presented by Spartanburg Regional Corporate Health on Thursday, June 25, 2009.  Greer Flooring Center, Inc. was established in 1992 and is a local flooring company.  The company has grown from 2 employees to over 21 and revenues continue to grow each year.   

Todd Ponder, owner of Greer Flooring Center, Inc. purchased Greer Paint and Wallpaper in 1992 because he wanted to be in business for himself.  Todd’s community support and service includes organizations such as the Greer Christian Learning Center, Greer Community Ministries, Daily Bread Ministries, Leadership Greer, The Greer Family Festival, and the Partnership for Tomorrow.  The nominator of Greer Flooring Center, Inc.  stated “Since its inception in 1992, this business has proven to the Greer community and indeed the Upstate that a successful business is possible through hard work, excellent customer service and a quality product.  Todd leads a team of employees who are truly service oriented and who support this community in many, many ways.  In nominating them, I have the opportunity to personally congratulate Todd and his employees for being an excellent business, and to thank them for possessing such a spirit of generosity in the community.”
John Kimbrell, President and CEO of the Greer Chamber adds, “I congratulate Todd and Greer Flooring Center for this tremendous honor and thank them for their commitment to the Greer business community.” 

The purpose of the Small Business of the Year Award is to recognize small businesses that have a special entrepreneurial spirit, a unique marketing approach, or a special focus on the customer that results in a successful business.  To qualify for the award organizations must have fewer than 100 employees or have sales of under five million dollars.  In addition, the qualifying firm must have completed three or more full years of operation and be locally owned and operated.

The Greer Chamber of Commerce honored Lisa Forrester of The Palmetto Bank with the inaugural Professional Woman in Business Award presented by Greer Memorial Hospital.  The recipients of the Professional Woman in Business Award posses and demonstrate the following characteristics:
• Leadership roles in the community or business
• Mentoring activities
• Initiatives that inspire women to grow personally and professionally
• Volunteer efforts that have made a positive impact in the community.

Lisa Forrester began her business career in Greer in 2002 and immediately became involved with the Greer Chamber and the Greater Greer community.  She is an active supporter of The Greer Heritage Museum; Greer City Development; Partnership for Tomorrow and The Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce.  The area schools:  Greer High School, Blue Ridge High, Riverside High and Calvary Christian Schools all can count on her to support them in their efforts to exemplify good citizenship to the children in the community.  Lisa is active with the American Cancer Society and Relay for Life.  Lisa is a graduate of Leadership Greer Class 25, a member of the Leadership Greer Alumni Association and Junior Leadership Board of Regents.  She was Vice-Chairman of Junior Leadership Greer Class XX and is Chairman of Class XXI.  Lisa Forrester is a mother of 2 daughters: Kristin, a student at USC and Kaitlin at home. 

John Kimbrell, adds “I had the great opportunity to go through Leadership Greer with Lisa and have the great respect for her leadership and professionalism.  Her successful balance of her professional and personal life are remarkable and she is most deserving of this honor.”

During the 2009 Small Business Awards Luncheon the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce recognized all small businesses for their contribution to the Greer business community.  David Wilkins, former US Ambassador to Canada and former Speaker of the House for South Carolina guest speaker.

The Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce is a voluntary, non-profit organization that represents approximately 570 businesses in the Greer area. The mission of the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce is “To Champion Economic Prosperity for our members and the greater Greer community.”  For more information on the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce, call 864-877-3131 or visit


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