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Hilton Head-Bluffton’s ‘small business of the year’ helps people with special needs

These people got big awards at the 2018 Chamber Ball

Check out who took the top awards of the night at the 2018 Bluffton-Hilton Head Chamber of Commerce ball on Saturday night.
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Check out who took the top awards of the night at the 2018 Bluffton-Hilton Head Chamber of Commerce ball on Saturday night.

Aunt Laurie’s, founded by Laurie Brown, was awarded ‘small business of the year’ by the Hilton Head-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce during its annual ball Saturday night.

The company’s Lowcountry inspired gift baskets are assembled by people with disabilities who are learning skills through the job, according to a chamber press release.

“I believe life is a mission, not an intermission,” Brown said. “I followed my dreams and my passions to open Aunt Laurie’s.”

The company was started by Brown in 2015 following nearly 30 years in corporate leadership at General Motors and Volkswagen.

“She has touched countless lives via the people who are involved in making of the gift baskets as well as the delighted recipients of them,” Rod Casavant, who was Brown’s SCORE mentor, said in the release.

Aunt Laurie’s was awarded the national 2017 SCORE Outstanding Community Impact Business of the Year, 2015 Lowcountry SCORE Client of the Year, 2016 Bluffton Start-up of the Year and 2016 SCVR Contractor of the Year.

Other award winners include:

▪  Al Stokes — Alice Glenn Doughtie Good Citizenship Award

▪  Tom Reilley — John Curry Tourism Award

▪  Don Ryan Center for Innovation — Bluffton Regional Business Council Member of the Year Award

▪  Emory Campbell — 2018 St. Patrick’s Day Parade Grand Marshal

▪  Second Helpings & Palmetto Breeze — Outstanding Organization of the Year Award

▪  Alex Jospeh — Zonta Woman of the Year Award

▪  Kate Clark — Educator of the Year

Teresa Moss: 843-706-8152, @TeresaIPBG

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