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"It's All in the Family" at the Texas Family Business of the Year Awards

Oct. 30, 2008

By Melissa Limmer

The Institute for Family Business at Baylor University's Hankamer School of Business recently announced the 2008 Texas Family Business Of The Year Award recipients. The businesses will be honored at a reception on Nov. 6th in the Barfield Drawing Room of the Bill Daniel Student Center located on the Baylor University Campus.

The Texas Family Business of the Year Awards, now in its 19th year, recognizes firms whose families demonstrate a commitment to each other and to business continuity, and who are responsive to the needs of their employees, communities and industries.

This year's winners are:

Small Family Business of the Year - Armstrong Forensic Laboratory-Arlington

Medium Family Business of the Year - A.H. Beck Foundation Company-San Antonio

Large Family Business of the Year - Hewlett Family of Dealerships-Georgetown

Community Commitment Award - The Johnson Group-Waco

Family Values Award - Longview Glass Company-Longview

Fastest Growing Award - Cole Healthcare-Houston and O'Connor & Associates-Houston

Well-Managed Award - Taste of Texas Restaurant-Houston

Founders Award - Texas Bank & Trust-Longview

Heritage Award - Weir's Furniture Village-Dallas

Finalists in the competition were: Aldrich-Thomas Group Realtors, Temple; Allen & Allen Company, San Antonio; Buzz Custom Fence, Forth Worth; Grand Energy, Addison; Harvey-Daco, Waco; The Money Box, Austin; Son Beverage Company, San Antonio; and Wardlaw Claims Service, Waco.

"The Texas Family Business of the Year awards banquet is truly a highlight for us here in the Family Business Institute," David Allen, Director of the John F. Baugh Center for Entrepreneurship, said. "We honor family-owned businesses, large and small, who care for their families, customers, employees and communities. Many have overcome hardship and adversity in order to keep their business successful and family relationships intact. It warms our hearts to hear their stories and we are honored by their participation in our program here at Baylor."

Through these types of programs, the Institute for Family Business at Baylor University fulfills its mission to provide a forum for the development and dissemination of information relevant to the health and continuity of family businesses. Other educational and planning programs available to family business owners through the Institute include special interest seminars and entrepreneurship training classes.

For more information about the competition or program, contact Mary Abrahams at 254-710-4159 or Mary_Abrahams@baylor.edu.

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