We are thrilled to have been recognized as the 2016 Small Business of the Year by the Cabarrus Regional Chamber of Commerce. We wanted to share the kind words that were shared about our business when we received the award! It was sponsored by F&M Bank and presented by Steve Fisher.
The nominees for the Small Business of the Year Award must meet the following criteria:
- Fewer than 500 employees
- Demonstrated growth in number of employees, sales volume, or financial position
- Innovation in product, service, or management
- Response to adversity
- Contribution to the community
This year’s winner has been an exceptional community partner through the years as their business has continued to grow and expand, adjusting to changing marketing needs and trends to meet the needs of their clients. The winner of the Chamber’s 2016 Small Business of the Year is Perry Productions.
Brian and Lisa Perry began Perry Productions as a newly married couple transplanted from Ohio to Cabarrus County over 20 years ago working as technical writers and publishers for their first client, Electric Power Research Institute, that continues to still be one of their largest clients today.
Recognizing the importance of the internet and website design for businesses early on, they added website development to their services. One of their first web/social media clients was The Gem Theatre in Kannapolis. The success they garnered through that account brought them many more businesses and nonprofits, and they began to grow rapidly.
In 2013, Lisa was contracted by Constant Contact to speak on email marketing and social media, a great fit for the work they were already doing. In 2014, Perry Productions added social media management as a more prominent service resulting in 15 monthly retainer accounts that have made tremendous impacts in revenue and awareness for their clients.
After working out of their home for 20 years, Perry Productions decided it was time to move their office to Synergy Office Suites at the Old Creamery to obtain a more prominent location within the business community to accommodate their growing staff and offer more accessibility to their clients. They quickly outgrew that and in 2016, Brian and Lisa purchased a historic home in downtown Concord that is the new location of Perry Productions.
Education has always been an important focus for Lisa and Brian. They were active volunteers at their sons’ schools (when it was still cool for them to be there) and later with the Cabarrus County Education Foundation. Knowing the importance of mentoring, they are working with Cabarrus County Schools to establish an annual high school internship with their company.
Through their business and personal journeys, they’ve been engaged and active in our community through Cabarrus Rotary, the Chamber, Central United Methodist Church and many more. Our community is definitely a better place to live because of Perry Productions who says, “As we reflect on our past, we judge ourselves not by our profit and loss statement, but by the success of our clients, the happiness and job satisfaction of our employees, and ultimately, our positive impact on our community.”
Please join me in congratulating the winners of the 2016 Small Business of the Year – Lisa and Brian Perry of Perry Productions!