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Business. Well Crafted. Awards

Business. Well Crafted. Annual Awards

Each year, local businesses and entrepreneurs are nominated by the community and selected by the Business Development Committee to be recognized for their commitment and support of the City’s vision for economic development.

In December 2017, City Manager Warren Wood presented a new Economic Development Strategic Growth Plan to the Hickory City Council, which included the following vision: “The City of Hickory’s Vision for Economic Vitality is to establish a diversified and sustainable economy through the growth of business opportunities, jobs, tax base, and population, and to improve the quality of life for its citizens.”

The Business Development Committee established the annual awards program to recognize businesses that support and affirm that same vision.


Business. Well Crafted. Legacy Awards

Legacy Awards acknowledge and celebrate businesses that have made a significant impact in Hickory through their longevity, commitment to excellence, and enduring legacy.

The Business. Well Crafted. Legacy Award Program pays tribute to businesses that have stood the test of time and have been an integral part of Hickory's economic and cultural heritage.

This program celebrates the rich history and continued success of these businesses, highlighting their remarkable achievements and celebrating notable milestones.


The City of Hickory's 2023 Business. Well Crafted. Award winners were announced during the Hickory City Council meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2023.  

Presented by the City’s Business Development Committee (BDC), the Business. Well Crafted. Awards annually honor businesses, organizations, and entrepreneurs that support and affirm the City of Hickory's vision for economic vitality. 

In 2023, the BDC presented Business. Well Crafted Awards to nine recipients that the committee considered truly well crafted.

2023 Business. Well Crafted. Award Winners

As a young Hispanic entrepreneur, Jose Saucedo started JS Auto Detailing LLC to provide superior automotive detailing services to the Hickory and surrounding areas.

Leroy Kennedy opened Thistle Dew Nicely Florals and Gifts in November 2015. The business started slowly, but has flourished over the past two years.

Specializing in the repair and maintenance of BMW, Mercedes, Porsche, and Mini Cooper automobiles, Master Tech Auto Mechanics prides itself on excellence, experience, and integrity.

Hickory Mechanical, Inc. was founded in March 1985 by David Moore, a third-generation mechanical contractor. Hickory Mechanical provides piping, plumbing, and HVAC services to industrial and institutional customers in the Hickory area.

Founded in 1931 and headquartered in Hickory, Alex Lee is a family owned and operated company that employs approximately 15,000 people.

Founded by Camantha Corsi in 2007 in a 900-square-foot space in a strip mall, Wildskeins is Hickory's premier and most established retail yarn shop selling yarn and accessories for knitters and crocheters in the Hickory area.

John and Joan Coffey own two Home Instead franchises in North Carolina with their corporate headquarters in the City of Hickory.

Established in 1987, Martin Starnes & Associates, CPAs, P.A. (MSA) is a professional accounting and consulting firm.

Exodus Homes provides 73 beds of faith based supportive housing for homeless people returning to the community from treatment centers and prison with a comprehensive array of services to help them learn a new way to live and become productive citizens of the community.