The U.S. Chamber of Commerce recently announced Daphne-headquartered JJPR Agency as one of the finalists for its annual Dream Big Awards. The ceremony, presented by Chase for Business with support from MetLife, celebrates the achievements of small businesses and honors their contributions to America’s economic growth.
This is the second time in recent memory the locally owned boutique PR firm has been recognized, having been tapped as a top-three contender for the 2020 Small Business of the Year award by the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce in August.
“Small businesses are a critical and vibrant sector of the U.S. economy. The U.S. Chamber is proud to celebrate the very best in American small business through our Dream Big Awards,” Tom Sullivan, U.S. Chamber of Commerce vice president of small business policy, said.
The Dream Big Awards program includes Business Achievement Awards to recognize excellence in eight categories in each of the following areas: community support and leadership; emerging; green/sustainable; minority-owned; veteran-owned; woman-owned; young entrepreneur; and small business of the year. This year’s finalists were selected from a record of over 700 applicants.
The Woman-Owned Business Achievement Award recognizes companies that have attained outstanding business achievement and exemplify the significant contributions made by women-owned businesses in the country. This year JJPR is competing against New York City-based Elevate Network and Kansas City, Mo.-headquartered New Horizons Enterprises LLC.
“We are so thrilled to be nominated for such a prestigious award,” JJPR founder and President Jennifer Jenkins said. “Despite the unprecedented circumstances this year has brought to businesses, 2020 has been an incredible year for us. We are honored to have our work recognized on a national stage. I could not have dreamed of a better way to celebrate our 10th year of business.”
JJPR has designed and delivered work for clients in tourism, health care, engineering, maritime, education and finance. The agency has placed editorial content in AdWeek, Advertising Age, Business Alabama, Nation’s Restaurant News, PRWeek, Southern Living, Style Blueprint, Dallas Morning News and The Wall Street Journal, among others.
Award winners will be announced at the virtual Dream Big Awards program on Thursday, Oct. 15 at 1 p.m.
LAFAYETTE LAND COMPANY RELOCATES TO DE TONTI SQUARE
Lafayette Land Company, a family-owned national real estate development firm headquartered in Mobile since 1986, recently announced the moving of its headquarters to the 1832 Hannah House properties in the De Tonti Square Historic District in downtown Mobile.
The company has been based at 740 Museum Drive in the Spring Hill area since opening in 1986 and has developed that site into an office and commercial property currently occupied by 1031 Meals, Classical Ballet of Mobile, Bienville Group, Coastal Contours, Heisler Heat Baseball Academy and Willie Huntley, Attorney at Law.
Locally owned Pediatric Associates of Mobile, P.A., is anticipated to lease the 8,338-square-foot office space that will be vacated by Lafayette Land Company. The medical practice plans to renovate and repurpose the property into a new children’s medical facility before moving in early January 2021.
According to a news release, Lafayette Land Company acquired the historic Hannah House properties from the U.S. government through an online auction after they reportedly received a reprieve from demolition by Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson.
The twin homes have three stories, three layers of brick, heart pine floors, mantels of marble, large original banisters and railings of dark walnut, tall ceilings clad with medallions, and large windows and doors. The residences are also known for the original owners of the property, Hannah and James F. Roberts, who built the properties and owned them from 1833 to 1835.
To date, Lafayette Land Company has completed almost 100 historic restorations and has been a key player in several downtown Mobile projects including The Cheese Cottage, Old Majestic Brewing, Iron Hand Brewing and Nova Coffee, and is currently finalizing the Greer’s Fresh Grocery on St. Louis Street (a restoration of the former Davis Auto Parts building).
Pediatric Associates was represented by Jay D. Roberds of NAI Mobile in the lease transaction. Lafayette Land Company was represented by Heather I. Huffman. More information about Lafayette Land Company can be found at lafayetteland.com.
SHOE STATION DONATES $20K TOWARD STORM RELIEF
Mobile-based, Southeastern retail chain Shoe Station has announced a donation of $20,000 to United Way of Southwest Alabama (UWSWA), which will designate the funds to provide meals to those on the Alabama Gulf Coast impacted by Hurricane Sally.
“We value our longstanding partnerships with both Shoe Station and our nonprofit partner agencies across the region,” UWSWA President and CEO Jill Chenoweth said. “This generous donation by Shoe Station enables United Way of Southwest Alabama to continue to serve those individuals affected by Hurricane Sally and related weather events.”
“Our community is incredibly important to us; we’ve been here close to 40 years,” Shoe Station CEO Brent Barkin said. “What’s so hard to comprehend and come to terms with are how many around us are now lacking even basic essentials like access to food, water and shelter. We hope these funds can allow the UWSWA partner agencies to do what they do best — and that’s to help the least fortunate among us.”
He went on to say the donation was made possible by the Shoe Station Donor Advised Fund.
Headquartered in downtown Mobile, UWSWA’s stated mission is to strengthen communities by focusing on mobilizing resources that facilitate improvements in the areas of education, health and financial stability. The 501(c)3 covers a four-county area and has 46 partner agencies. More information about their programs can be found at uwswa.org.
Shoe Station is one of the nation’s largest independent shoe retailers, with 21 retail sites spread throughout five Southeastern states. The company was founded locally in 1984 by Terry S. Barkin and also features a comprehensive e-commerce site.
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