Nominations Open for Small Business Award

Hattiesburg, Miss., January 10 - Nominations are being accepted for the 2014 Small Business Leadership Award, given annually by the Area Development Partnership (ADP) and William Carey University (WCU).

The award recognizes the important contributions small businesses make to the economic, social and cultural life of the community and the particular achievements of one individual or family. The award was established in 1990 and is given in memory of Dr. Joe Roberts, a former professor of communications at WCU and one of the founders of Aycock-Roberts Furniture.

Outstanding ADP-member small businesses within greater Hattiesburg and with less than 100 employees are eligible for the award, which will be presented at the Small Business Leadership Award Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. on May 7 at Southern Oaks House and Gardens in Hattiesburg. Brent Christensen, executive director of the Mississippi Development Authority, will be the keynote speaker.
Nomination forms are available online at, at the ADP or at the WCU Office for Advancement. Completed forms may be sent by mail to the Small Business Leadership Award, c/o William Carey University School of Business, WCU Box 18, 710 William Carey Parkway, Hattiesburg, MS 39401; by fax at (601) 318-6281; or by email at

For information on sponsorship opportunities and nominations, contact Dr. Lynne Houston at WCU at (601) 318-6231 or by email at