Baylor to Recognize 'Mom and Pop' Firms in Annual Contest

May 8, 1997

by Alan Hunt

WACO, Texas - Members of the public and more than 250 chambers of commerce throughout Texas are being asked to nominate top family firms for the eighth annual Outstanding Family Business Awards competition sponsored by Baylor University's Institute for Family Business.

Each year, the institute recognizes those family firms which demonstrate strong business and family values. Awards are given in three categories - large firms, with more than 250 employees; medium-sized firms, with 51-250 employees; and small firms, with 50 or fewer employees. Outstanding firms are also honored in the special award categories of Family Values, Community Commitment, Fastest-Growing Family Business, Well-Managed Family Business and the Founders Award, which goes to the family business that has grown and adapted to present and future markets while maintaining the identity and original concepts of the founders.

Robert Hughes, director of the Institute for Family Business, says many members of the public have nominated their favorite family business for the award. "Some have been loyal customers for decades. They tell us that this is their way of saying 'thank you' to the owners."

Last year, more than 200 "mom and pop" businesses were nominated for the contest. In addition to independent nominations, family business owners can also nominate their companies for the contest.

Hughes says outstanding family firms should demonstrate contributions to their industry and community and be positive role models for both the business community and the family in business. Hughes said family businesses are the backbone of the U.S. economy. He added, "It has been estimated that 75 percent of all businesses in the United States are family-owned or controlled."

The nine Texas firms honored in last year's competition included Cloud Construction Co., Temple; Berend Bros. of Wichita Falls; Darr Equipment Co., Dallas; McCoy's Building Supply Centers, San Marcos; Collin Street Bakery, Corsicana; Oliver Sales, Dallas; Dyer's Barbecue, Pampa; Poppa Rollo's Pizza, Waco; and Siesta Restaurant, Victoria.

Family business consultants and advisers and principals of family firms will be among the judges for this year's program. The awards will be presented Oct. 23 during a ceremony in Austin.

Nomination forms can be obtained from the Institute for Family Business, P.O. Box 98011, Baylor University, Waco, TX 76798-8011. The deadline for nominations is Aug. 1, 1997.

For more information, call Doris Sandberg at (817) 755-2265, ext. 5.

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