The fastest growing small businesses in the area were honored Wednesday.
The annual Bryan Rotary Club/Newman 10 Business Performance Awards recognize the businesses that impact the area. This year, the top honor went to Fries Financial Services.
A three-time honoree but first-time first place winner, the Bryan business with its six employees showed sales growth of 183 percent from 2009 to 2011.
"Our philosophy has always been to do what is in the client's best interest 100 percent of the time," Denise Fries said. "Our actions should always benefit the clients all of the time. Our clients recognize this, and this makes them loyal to our company."
In addition to the ten businesses honored, KBTX News 3 was recognized with the Anco Insurance Award for Lifetime Business Achievement for its 55 years of service to the region.
"With honors like this comes responsibility," KBTX General Manager Mike Wright said. "This serves to strengthen our partnership with this community to work together in making life better for our friends and neighbors."
The Newman 10 Awards, named for the Newman Printing Company, began in 1994.
2012 Top 10 Fastest Growing Small Businesses in Brazos County
1. Fries Financial Services
2. Brazosland Classic Realty
3. JB Knowledge Technologies, Inc.
4. Kellen Commercial Interiors, Inc.
5. The Pool Guy
6. Fifth 'C' Fine Jewelry
7. Swoboda Pest & Termite Control, Inc.
8. Celebrity Spa & Salon
9. United Solutions, MSO
10. Keys & Walsh Construction LLC
Anco Insurance Award for Lifetime Business Achievement
KBTX News 3
Research Valley Commercialization Rising Star Award
Andrew L. Strong