Small businesses recognized by chamber
During the city’s Small Business Day, declared on Tuesday, four High Pointers were given awards for their dedication to small business.
For 27 years, the High Point Chamber of Commerce has been awarding people for their contributions to the small business community. For the past 10 years, the chamber also has recognized advocates for minority small businesses.
Peter Freeman, co-owner of Freeman Kinnett Architects, won the award for Small Business Advocate of the Year.
“He has an interest in our past and is invested in our future,” said Connie Roach, who presented the award to Freeman.
Freeman was key in getting famed architect Andres Duany to the city for Ignite High Point and to help create a master plan for revitalizing key areas of the city.
Ursula Dudley-Oglesby, president of Dudley Beauty Corp., won the award for Small Business Person of the Year for companies employing one to 25 workers.
“My parents started Dudley 46 years ago, and this is home for me,” Dudley-Oglesby said. “I love this award, and I really appreciate it.”
Ken Fulp, a director at Sharrard McGee and Co., won the award for Small Business Person of the Year for companies employing 26-250 workers.
“Serving people in High Point is easy because the people here are so passionate,” Fulp said. “It is my great pleasure to serve so many of you.”
The Minority Business Advocate of the Year award went to Wendy Fuscoe, executive director of The City Project.
“She works to improve life for all of High Point,” said Leroy Stokes of Guilford Technical Community College.
Fuscoe was not able to attend the event but Charles Cain accepted the award on her behalf.
“Wendy asked me to express her surprise and tremendous gratitude for this award,” Cain said.
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