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  • Thursday, June 02, 2016
    Local businesses honorerd
    Two local businesses were honored Wednesday at the Governor’s Small Business Forum here.
    Kwik Kopy Business Center and Glasco & Co. Landscaping were announced as the recipients of a “Small Business of the Year” award for 2016.
    The awards were given out in two categories: businesses with 1-25 employees and those with 26-100.
    The forum was co-hosted by the Washington County Chamber, Burleson County Chamber, Grimes County Chamber and the Research Valley Partnership.
    Kwik Kopy specializes in printing, advertising, shipping and locally-made gifts, providing office support to many other businesses in the region.
    Owners Sharon and Barry Brass opened the business in 2004, originally named Parcel Plus, with the goal of using their expertise to help other small businesses and individuals.
    As the business grew, it became widely known for its high-caliber printing and marketing services, and for its “local market.” The successful business was rebranded as Kwik Kopy Business Center in May 2011.
    As part of the company’s succession plan, brothers Chris and Michael Brewster are now taking over the business.
    Glasco & Co. Landscaping began in 1980 with a single lawnmower when Troy and Tami Glasco arrived here and began the small lawn business while Troy attended Blinn College.
    Troy had grown up maintaining a golf course founded by his father and developed an interest in landscaping. His love for the business and the community kept him in Brenham.
    The company has grown to employ more than 70 people. Troy Glasco passed away in July 2014, but the family continues to operate the business with the standards he set: excellence, integrity and a strong work ethic.
    Chamber board chairman Kurt Alfred said the selection process was difficult “because we are fortunate to have so many outstanding, involved and dedicated businesses in this community.”
    This year’s winners, Alfred said, “truly stand out for their involvement in the community, support of local clubs and organizations, and dedication to growth of the local economy.”
    Texas Secretary of State Carlos Cascos led the awards presentation and congratulated each winner for their success and commitment to excellence.
    Other speakers at the forum included Texas Workforce Commissioner Ruth Hughs; state Sen. Lois Kolkhorst, Trish Buck from Workforce Solutions of the Brazos Valley, economist Dale Craymer from the Texas Taxpayers and Research Association, Dr. Thomas Tunstall from the University of Texas-San Antonio Institute for Economic Development, LaChristian Taylor from the Texas Commission for Women, and Brice Milliorn from Edward Jones, who served as master of ceremonies.
    Another Small Business Forum will be held in June 2017, and nominations will be sought in the spring for next year’s Small Business of the Year awards.

    Source: Brenham Banner-Press