Four Tarrant County businesses received Small Business of the Year awards Thursday from the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce.
• Shoot Smart, an indoor shooting range and training center, was honored with the Emerging Business award.
• Four Day Weekend Inc., an improvisational comedy theater and corporate communications training center, was selected in the one- to 10-employee category.
• Care N’ Care Insurance Co., a Medicare Advantage PPO for seniors, was selected in the 11- to 50-employee category.
• CE-DFW Warehouse Solutions, a warehouse equipment service and repair business, was selected in the 51- to 150-employee category.
“These award-winning businesses represent the very best of thousands of Fort Worth innovators and risk-takers who have started their own enterprises, overcome obstacles and charted new territory,” Bill Thornton, the chamber’s president and CEO, said in a statement.
“Their success stories illustrate why Fort Worth is growing and attracting major employers, entrepreneurs and talent from all over the world.”
The winners were announced before Mayor Betsy Price’s State of the City address at the Fort Worth Convention Center. Companies were judged on business growth and performance, sound business strategies and practices, customer service strategies, business challenges, unique and innovative approaches, and community involvement.
Shoot Smart, owned by Roxanne Laney, has indoor ranges and training centers with a modern, upscale ambiance in Fort Worth and Grand Prairie. Since its founding three years ago, the company has expanded the original facility, acquired a second location and extended training to nearly 6,000 customers.
David Wilk is president of Four Day Weekend in Fort Worth. Entering its 16th year, it’s one of the longest-running shows in the Southwest, with more than 5,000 performances. It has a nationally recognized four-level training center and corporate communications division with a client list reading like the Fortune 500, the chamber said.
Tom Deas is president of Care N’ Care Insurance in Fort Worth, a Medicare Advantage PPO that provides North Texas seniors an affordable alternative to Medicare Supplement insurance and other types of Medicare plans. It has more than 7,000 members.
Brian Hoffmann is president and partner and Bobby Barr is vice president and partner of CE-DFW Warehouse Solutions in Grapevine.
The company began in 1998 and has grown to 82 employees. It sells, services and rents forklifts and loading docks, among other things.