The largest online referral network for small businesses, Alignable.com is announcing the results of its annual national search for leaders who've gone above and beyond guiding peers and supporting entire communities as many small businesses continue to combat major economic challenges.
BOSTON - March 2, 2023 - PRLog -- Today, Alignable's network of 7.8 million small business owners has chosen Patricia Hill of Patricia Hill Color Studio as Kennesaw's 2023 Business Person Of The Year!
The 2023 contest is the most popular competition Alignable has hosted in five years, marking a 61% jump in participation over 2022.
All told, 3,750 communities across the U.S. and Canada selected 3,976 winners this year (including ties). That's an increase of 1,400+ additional Local Business People Of The Year compared to 2022.
226,000+ Votes & Nearly 51,000 Testimonials
During the contest, which ran from Jan. 9, 2023, to Feb. 17, 2023, 226,000+ votes and close to 51,000 testimonials were posted praising 125,000+ local leaders for helping their peers and communities through a turbulent year with many challenges, including high inflation, rising interest rates, and fears of a recession.
In fact, 67% of small businesses are still trying to reach the revenue levels they had prior to COVID, struggling to recover after nearly three years. This situation highlights how important it is for the contest winners to continue their work helping even more businesses bounce back from pandemic-era hurdles, as well as post-COVID problems that have emerged.
Supporting Each Other Is Key
"Within my community we support each other by referring businesses we know and recommending their products and services. Relationship marketing is a successful and powerful means of promoting to gain local recognition." Hill commented. "With the many challenges we've encountered, sharing ideas and best practices amongst other small businesses has strengthened our ability to remain open and reinforce why we are the backbone of our economy. I am humbled to receive the Business Person of The Year Award and have an entire community to thank for their support in promoting the many other small businesses in Kennesaw."
Hill received a special badge that is displayed on her Alignable profile, recognizing her win. In past years, the awareness generated through similar contests has spurred expanded connections, as well as new business for many winners.
Driving Recognition Is Important
"This has been a fun and rewarding contest to watch unfold," said Alignable's President & Co-Founder Venkat Krishnamurthy. "Local business owners are the heart and soul of their communities, and they deserve to get much more recognition for all they do. Friendly competition aside, this contest generated some incredible peer testimonials, showing exactly why small business owners are stronger together."
To arrange interviews with Patricia Hill and/or an Alignable representative, please contact Chuck Casto at email@example.com. He also can offer JPEGs and other visuals, as well as local winner testimonials.
About Patricia Hill Color Studio
Hill and husband Ben purchased a historic home in downtown Kennesaw, GA in 2014. After the restoration was completed, Hill opened Patricia Hill Color Studio. This is her tenth year of entrepreneurship, and nineteenth as a colorist. "I am a certified Matrix Color Master and a national Board Certified Haircolorist who has been hired as one of twelve BCH exam assessors." Hill explained. "I am extremely proud of the teamwork culture that I have created for my business and am grateful for the exceptional people that I am fortunate to work with each day. As a salon team we are a collective of artists that are laser focused on sharpening our technical excellence and cultivating deeper levels of creativity together while serving our community.
Alignable.com is the largest online referral network for small businesses in the U.S. and Canada. With 7.8 million members across 35,000+ communities, Alignable is the network where small business owners come together. Whether you're connecting with local small businesses, meeting peers in your industry, or finding a catalyst who will introduce you to their network, Alignable is where businesses connect and change their business trajectory.
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