Officials: Small Businesses get Big Recognition with Newman 10

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BRYAN, Texas It's time to go big for small businesses in Brazos County, with the Newman 10 Business Performance Awards.

On Thursday, the Bryan Rotary Club, along with the Bryan, college Station Chamber of Commerce announced the opening of the nomination period for the awards.

Ten of the fastest growing small businesses in Brazos County will win, and officials with the chamber said anyone may submit nominations for a business.

Chamber president Royce Hickman said it's important for small businesses to continue thriving in the area.

"You get away from the university and the system, and you drop down to only a few businesses that I would consider large," said Hickman. "And most of our sales and jobs are created by small businesses."

Hickman said he'd like to see more of a mixture of small and big businesses in the future, but is glad the entrepreneurial spirit lives on.

"I think is an indication that we've got a lot of people who've invested their personal fortunes and time into their business," said Hickman. "Which is one of the reasons I think it's so important that we have an award like the Newman 10."

Wayne Carroll with Otis Instruments in Bryan was one of the 2013 winners. He said he was surprised by the recognition it brought.

"After we received it, people would call and contact us and say congratulations," said Carroll. "We got letters and post cards and it was impressive."

The nomination period ends March 20. The winners will be announced at a luncheon on June 11.

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