At Dale Carnegie Training, we can’t help but celebrate success! We therefore commend the six stellar Alabama companies who recently won the Dream Big Blue Ribbon Awards from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Sam’s Club. This prestigious award is given to 100 organizations from across our entire country who represent the very best in American small business.
There were a record number of applicants for the 2015 awards who were judged in four key categories: strategic planning, employee development, customer service and community involvement. The Regional Finalists will be announced on March 9, and all award winners will be honored at the 12th annual America’s Small Business Summit in Washington, D.C. in June. During the summit, one small business will be recognized as the DREAM BIG Small Business of the Year Award and receive a $10,000 cash prize.
As announced in the Birmingham Business Journal, the Alabama winners are:
Geeks & Nerds, Huntsville
Gipson’s Tire Pros, Prattville
LEAN Frog Business Solutions Inc., Huntsville
PROJECTXYZ Inc., Huntsville
Wright’s Market, Opelika
Alabama has approximately 324,000 small businesses which employ nearly 85,000 people, according to the most current federal data available1. The greatest challenges small businesses face include:
Building strong teams as small business owners are often self-starters who launch their own companies and struggle to build efficient teams as their businesses grow.
Acquiring (and retaining) new customers as accelerated growth often compromises the quality of the delivery of the product or service. Simply said, it is challenging to provide stellar service to all customers during the nascent phase because small business owners are hiring at a rapid rate and often do not have time to train new employees sufficiently.
Communicating effectively with prospects, customers and employees. Entrepreneurs have infinite passion for their business, however they may lack the communication skills required to communicate that passion and effectively run a business.
At Dale Carnegie Training of Central and Northern Alabama, people are our passion! We are an action organization that has been helping individuals reach their ultimate potential for decades. Our tried and true techniques are based on the Human Relations principles penned by Dale Carnegie himself in his best-selling book which was published in 1936, ‘How to Win Friends and Influence People.’ By learning through doing, and applying our time-tested techniques for the real-world, our graduates achieve goals that they once believed were impossible.
Dale Carnegie said, “Most of us have far more courage than we ever dreamed we possessed.” Whether you are a small business owner who needs to develop a strong team or are employed at an organization of any size and simply want to feel more confident when speaking in public, there is a Dale Carnegie course that will enable you to attain your goals. Check out a few upcoming courses and listen to a few recent graduates describe their course experience in just one word.