Tomorrow, the UGA Alumni Association and the UGA community will gather at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis to honor and celebrate the 100 fastest-growing Bulldog businesses.
The 2015 Bulldog 100 includes businesses of all sizes and from industries such as landscape design, marketing and orthodontics. Several areas of the country are represented, including companies from as far north as Chicago and as far west as Texas. Of the 100 businesses, 88 are located within the state of Georgia. The Atlanta office of Warren Averett CPAs and Advisors verified the information submitted by each company and ranked the businesses based on a compounded annual growth rate during a three-year period.
The 2104 No. 1 business was The Social Empowerment Center, owned by Shelly (MSW ’00) and her husband Edward Hutchinson (MED ’09).
The awards ceremony will feature a keynote address by Hala Moddelmog (MA ’81), the first female president and CEO of the Atlanta Metro Chamber. Moddelmog graduated from UGA in 1981 with a Master of Arts from the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. Prior to joining the Atlanta Metro Chamber, Moddelmog was president of Arby’s Restaurant Group, Susan G. Komen for the Cure and Church’s Chicken.
Following her remarks, members of the Student Alumni Council will lead the highlight of the evening-the release of the final rankings and countdown of the 2015 Bulldog 100.
“Each year, the caliber of the Bulldog 100 businesses illustrates the important role that UGA graduates play in their communities’ economic growth,” said Meredith Gurley Johnson, UGA’s executive director of alumni relations. “On campus, important work is being done to prepare students to become leading entrepreneurs. During the annual Bulldog 100 Celebration, I am proud to see the results of that rigorous academic environment.”
To review the alphabetical list of honorees and to learn more about the Bulldog 100, see www.alumni.uga.edu/b100.
Please visit the UGA Alumni Association Facebook page on Saturday evening to find out the No. 1 business.