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Small Business Leader of the Year
A nominee must:
- Be a member of the JAX Chamber in good standing
- Be an owner, partner or shareholder of at least 25% of the business
- Be active in the day-to-day management of the company
- Be established locally in the same business for at least three years
- Demonstrate professional business acumen and leadership
- Have gross revenues of less than 5 million dollars per year for the previous three years
Fill out the SBLY Nomination Form.
2020 overall SMALL BUSINESS LEADER OF THE YEAR
Martin Coffee Company
Ben Johnson, president of Martin Coffee Company, was named the 2020 JAX Chamber Overall Small Business Leader of the Year. Johnson is the third generation to lead the company following his grandparents and father in the family business.
Martin Coffee Company was founded in 1957, by Fred Martin and his wife Amy, who opened a roasting plant in downtown Jacksonville offering just two blends of coffee –– regular and decaffeinated. When Ben Johnson was named president in 2009, he knew the product line had to be diversified. Today, the company offers 20 different varieties of coffee that meet the changing tastes of current customers.
After being named president he set out to bring the company up to speed, while building on the foundation his family created. He transformed the entire operating system –– one that had only been hand-written in paper ledgers –– adding a website and company email, online ordering system and digitizing the delivery schedule and routes. Today, every aspect of the company is digital and employees have been retrained to use the new technology. Those changes brought growth –– the company now averages 30 new clients a year and has seen annual sales grow by 21% in the last three years.
“Ben started with a traditional, successful family business but knew he needed to make critical changes – some visible, some behind-the-scenes – to modernize and grow the company,” JAX Chamber President and CEO Daniel Davis said. “That’s what innovators do. They are continuously looking at opportunities and listening to their customers to stay one step ahead, and that’s why Ben has been so successful.”
2020 SMALL BUSINESS LEADERS OF THE YEAR
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Martin Coffee Company
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Perfectly Suited Career Consulting
Venture Pointe, Inc.
Cagan & Cagan, PLLC
Jacksonville IT Council
Sensible Recycling, Inc.
Digital Mark Company, LLC
Professional Women’s Council
Woman To Woman Financial
Supporting Strategies - Northeast Florida
HeartWired Digital Solutions
Transportation & Logistics Council
North Florida Warehouse FTZ