The Aiken Chamber of Commerce recently recognized recipients of its Small and Large Business of the Year and Man and Woman of the Year awards.
Aiken Pest Control received the Aiken Chamber Small Business of the Year Award. Owned by Charles and Marie Heath, the company was established in 1967 in the back of the “Rapid Shop” on Wire Road.
Chick-fil-a of Aiken was awarded the Chamber 2016 Large Business of the Year honor. Tom Johnson has been the local franchisee since the 1980s, where you will find him sweeping floors, taking orders or even carrying out the trash with a smile.
Peggy Ford is the 2016 Aiken Chamber Woman of the Year. Ford, serving as the organization's executive director, has been with Children’s Place for 27 years.
Robert S. “Skipper” Perry, Jr. received the 2016 Aiken Chamber Man of the Year Award. Perry served on Aiken City Council from 1971-99, when he was elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives from District 8. He retired from political service in 2007.
Perry, a chartering member of the Aiken Sertoma Club and also the TriDevelopment Center of Aiken County, has also received the Order of the Palmetto, the highest civilian honor bestowed by the governor of South Carolina.
The 2016 recipients of the Aiken Chamber Small and Large Business of the Year and Man and Woman of the Year were presented at the Chamber’s 99th Annual Dinner held Jan. 27.