ABILENE, Texas (Press Release) – The Abilene Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2021 Chamber of Commerce Abilene Salute to Small Business Awards.
The Tribute to Small Business Awards Luncheon, held on the afternoon of May 4, is the Chamber’s annual celebration to honor the impact of small businesses on our local economy.
“The challenge has become a big part of our vocabulary over the past year. Between COVID and SNOVID – our small business community has shown courage and determination to tackle the many challenges that have come their way, ”said Doug Peters, President and CEO of the Chamber of Commerce of Abilene. “That’s why this year’s Small Business Week is perhaps more important than ever. It’s a time when we as a community take a break to celebrate job creators, risk takers, and those whose minds and bodies are filled with entrepreneurship.
This year’s winners are:
- New Company of the Year: FireCycle Abilene
- Community Investment Award for Small Businesses: IN-Focus Digital
- Young Entrepreneur of the Year in Small Business Award: Dr Kelsi Mangrem with Holland Hearing
- Family Business of the Year Award: Sitzes Self Storage
This year’s luncheon also paid tribute to the Farm Family of the Year which is traditionally awarded at the House Agriculture Scholarship Luncheon, which was canceled due to COVID-19.
Awarded in partnership with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office –Taylor County, this year’s recipient is the Hogan family. Tricia and Ken Hogan are longtime residents of the Potosi area. As a hay grower, Ken grows sorghum, wheat, oats, and Bermuda Coastal Grass on over 500 acres. He also customized hay bales for the public, baling over 14,000 bales per year. In addition, he supplied hay to the Abilene Cattle Auction for over forty years. His farming career began with his future father-in-law in 1964 and worked his entire life except for a few years when he served his country in Vietnam in the 1st Calvary Division. Ken holds an Animal Science degree from Texas Tech University, and in addition to his breeding, Ken served on the Potosi Water Board for many years. He is a deacon at Wylie Baptist Church where he and his wife, Tricia, currently serve. Together they have three children and 12 grandchildren. Ken considers one of his greatest pleasures in farming to have been able to farm with his son for 14 years.