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for Business North Carolina Vol. 29 Issue 12, Dec 2009
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Steve and Sandy Forest, who started Brushy Mountain Bee Farm near Wilkesboro over twenty years ago, is BUSINESS NORTH CAROLINA magazine's 2009 North Carolina Small Business of the Year. The Forests not only raise bees and sell honey, but they also have a web site, publish a catalog, and supply beekeepers worldwide with supplies through a mail-order service.
Storm Technologies, Inc., headquartered in Albemarle, is a runner-up in the 2009 BUSINESS NORTH CAROLINA Small Business of the Year competition. Founded in 1992, the company employs forty-two people and projects revenues in 2009 of $8 million. Storm Technologies specializes in consulting to the power industry and making boiler parts.
Jobs for construction companies are becoming more competitive. Where two or three might have been in competition in the past, it is not unusual to have a dozen or more competing for the same job due to current economic conditions. Revenues rank the top twenty-five contractors in the state. Barnhill Contracting Company in Tarboro ranked first with $522 million in revenues.
Art & DÃƒÂ©cor Kingdom, Inc. dba Rugs and Home is a runner-up in the 2009 BUSINESS NORTH CAROLINA Small Business of the Year competition. The business, headquartered in Asheville, is a seller of rugs and other home goods. Founded in 1995, the company employs fifty-five people and projects revenues in 2009 of $15 million.
W. P. Hickman Co., headquartered in Asheville, is a runner-up in the 2009 BUSINESS NORTH CAROLINA Small Business of the Year competition. Founded in 1945, the company employs fifty-two people and projects revenues in 2009 of $15 million. The company makes commercial-roof edging.