Troy University nominee selected as state’s Small Business Person of the Year

Posted: Thursday, 08 May 2008

WETUMPKA – Troy University’s Small Business Development Center has recognized a Wetumpka businesswoman as Alabama’s Small Business Person of the Year.

Lynn Carter, owner of Southeast Cherokee Construction, Inc., based in Wetumpka, received the award after being submitted for the U.S. Small Business Administration award program. She was recognized with a reception on May 7.

“Lynn Carter/Southeast Cherokee Construction is the perfect example of why the work of the Troy University Small Business Development Center is so important,” said Dr. Judson Edwards, director of the University’s Center for International Business and Economic Development.

“Lynn uses the assistance provided by the skilled staff of the SBDC to advise her on new opportunities for her company through government contracting—it is my hope that other small businesses will follow her lead in being proactive in utilizing the many services of the SBDC,” he said. “We are so proud of her accomplishments and Troy University is extremely honored to be her sponsor for the U.S. Small Business Administration-Alabama Small Business of the Year Award for 2008.”

In nominating Mrs. Carter for the award, SBDC-TROY director Sandra Lucas pointed to Mrs. Carter’s “response to adversity, innovativeness and imagination and the company’s growth” under her leadership.

“Mrs. Carter, a forward-thinking, hardworking leader, has overcome many challenges to build a successful business in an industry that hasn’t always welcomed females with open arms. By taking advantage of government resources available to small businesses, she was able to turn challenges into opportunities,” she said.

Mrs. Carter inherited controlling interest in Southeast Cherokee Construction, Inc. when her mother Jean Matthews died in 1987. Mrs. Matthews had started the company in 1983. In 1992, Mrs. Carter purchased the remaining stock to make herself sole owner in the business. She has grown the company’s primary focus from grading and drainage installation projects in highway construction into a full-service general construction contractor.

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Lynn M. Carter, Alabama’s Small Business Person of the Year 2008, was recognized with a special ceremony May 7 at the Wetumpka Civic Center. Mrs. Carter, owner of Southeast Cherokee Construction, Inc., was nominated for the award by Troy University’s Small Business Development Center. (TROY photo/Kevin Glackmeyer)