• Award Nominations 2018

  • Nonprofit Award of Excellence Nominees



    Bloom is a private, non-profit organization that was founded in 1986 by a group of Fayette County citizens recognizing the need for children to have a safe refuge from abuse and neglect. Bloom provides safe shelter and physical, educational and emotional support to children who have been victims of abuse, neglect or other tragic circumstances, in order to strengthen them for the next phase of life.  



    Clothes Less Traveled

    Clothes Less Traveled serves the needs of those in our community by operating a thrift shop where gently-used household goods and clothing can be re-sold at fair and reasonable prices. Clothes Less Traveled is unique in that there is no other organization in Fayette County that grants all its net profits to other nonprofit organizations who then use those funds to make a difference in the community. Clothes Less Traveled also provides college scholarships to high school seniors each year.



    The Eden Project

    The Eden Project is a veteran support organization comprised of warriors and supporters dedicated to provide world-class, community-based, holistic care to the veteran and his or her family and support group. The Eden Project meets veterans where they are in their journey and assists, encourages and empowers in the ways needed.  



    Fayette Senior Services

    Fayette Senior Services has been making a meaningful difference in the emotional, social, and physical well-being of older adults by preserving their independence, improving their quality of life, and connecting them to the community since 1978. Fayette Senior Services offers a broad scope of life-enhancing services to Fayette County residents age 50 and better.  



    Midwest Food Bank

    Midwest Food Bank bridges the gap between prosperity and poverty by gathering food and distributing it to nonprofit organizations locally, as well as across all of Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina and Tennessee by providing disaster relief free-of-charge. Following God’s call to serve and love one another, their mission is to help feed hungry people and to give our community the opportunity to serve and provide support.  



    Operation Mobilization

    Operation Mobilization is an international missionary organization that brings the message of hope through Jesus Christ to men, women and children around the world. Volunteers and staff in 118 nations spread their message through Bible studies, teaching students, building businesses, relief and development work, the creative arts and more. 



    Ronnie Thames Foundation

    Ronnie Thames Foundation is dedicated to helping children and their families who have faced devastation and suffering as the result of a fire. The Foundation was founded in 2013 by Ron & Teresa Thames in honor of Ron’s son Ronnie who was tragically killed in a motorcycle accident in 2004. Their mission is an endearing tribute to the memory of Ronnie Thames.



    Southern Conservation Trust

    Southern Conservation Trust is a community land trust founded in 1993 by Fayette County residents eager to preserve greenspace as our community develops. The Trust protects greenspace, conserves forests, safeguards rivers, shelters wildlife, provides environmental education, and ensures that everyone has access to nature in communities throughout Georgia.  


  • Small Business of the Year Nominees


    Capstone Educational Consultants

    Owner – Mark Cruver

    Capstone Educational Consultants assists students and families in navigating the college journey.  It is all about making informed and confident decisions toward the future and Capstone shapes those moments from the very beginning. Capstone’s objective is to provide a personal and strategic approach to the complicated process of college selection and admission through strategic and tailored methods of helping students identify colleges that fit them best.



    CMIT Solutions of Fayette/Coweta

    Owner – Doug Bates

    CMIT Solutions, Inc. manages IT systems for businesses that depend on reliable technology to thrive. CMIT Solutions specialize in serving local businesses in our community. CMIT Solutions operates on a managed services model that offers proactive outsourced IT services and management services at affordable, consistent monthly rates. Their subscription model allows small business owners to effectively budget and foresee IT expenses, saving them money and time in the long run. They provide a variety of different services that can be tailored to suit all business needs.




    Owner – Ellie White-Stevens

    Dirt1x is a marketing agency for small businesses, providing growth strategy and full-service implementation of effective branding, sales materials, websites, event marketing, direct mail, public relations and advertising campaigns. Dirt1x says that they win when their clients have increased revenue and more time to spend on what’s important to them, like their families.



    Vibrant Web Creations, LLC

    Owner – Verena Hayward

    Vibrant Web Creations, LLC’s main line of work has primarily been website and graphic design for small and/or startup organizations. Over the last 10 years, they have been progressively expanding beyond these services and have rendered services to medium-size businesses and governmental contracts. Their ultimate goal is to be the go-to full service marketing agency in the South Metro Atlanta area for medium to large size businesses and organizations, preferably but not limited to corporate, educational, governmental, and franchise accounts.



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