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Recognition Committee

The purpose of the Recognition Committee is to find ways to celebrate our members for their achievements, accomplishments, anniversaries, and more!

The committee strives to create a culture of appreciation and validation for our members’ hard work. The committee is tasked with soliciting nominations and selecting award recipients at both the Opelika Chamber organization level and state level. We use our award programming to advocate for and raise awareness of our business community and their accomplishments. For example, the chamber awards a small business of the quarter, minority business of the quarter, and a multitude of awards at our Annual Meeting.

Nominate a Small Business!

Click the button to nominate a small business to be considered for our upcoming                          Small Business of the Quarter Award.

Nominate a Minority Business!

Click the button to nominate a minority business to be considered for our upcoming                          Minority Business of the Quarter Award.

2023 Quarterly Awards

Q1 Small Business: Harris Funeral Home

Q1 Minority Business: Eula Mae's (Eua la La)

Q2 Small Business: East Alabama Nutrition

Q2 Minority Business: Dani Cheesecake

Q3 Small Business: The Heritage House

Q3 Minority Business: Rock 'N Pinball

2022 Annual Meeting Awards

Ambassador of the Year: Nakeda Woods with MAX Credit Union

Chairman's Award: Dr. Mark Neighbors

Community Partner Award: The Curtis House

Distinguished Service Award: Becky Benton

Large Business of the Year: Mando America Corporation

Small Business of the Year: Christie Ray Hill - State Farm Insurance

Minority Business of the Year: Twice Baked

Legendary Award: Piedmont Fertilizer Company

Spirit of Opelika Award: Dozier Smith T with Smith T Building Supply

Visionary Award: Tiffany Gibson with Girls' STEPS Inc.

Young Professional Award: Evan Crawford with Crawford-Willis Group

Shirley Flora Award Presented by Keep Opelika Beautiful: Lela Lofton

Downtown Business of the Year Presented by Opelika Main Street: Rock 'N Roll Pinball

Tourism Partner of the Year Presented by Auburn-Opelika Tourism: Achievement Center Easterseals


Committee Members

Laura Cooper, Board Chair

Becky Brown

Carlton E. Hunley

Raven Harvis


Tipi Miller

John Sweatman

Nakeda Woods

Kendra Nix

Tabitha White

Ronnie Wilson

Amberly Pressley

Eric McDade

If you would like more information on Opelika Chamber's committees & councils, contact

Mackenzie Poole, Director of Leadership & Events at