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Businesses That Are Making A Local Impact in February 2020

February’s list of local businesses that are being recognized for their contribution to their customers, consumers, clients, and their local community.

By: Sylvia Slezak | Feb 2020

Home with a nice roof Home with a nice roof

214 Roofing - Grand Prairie, TX

While many roofers install the same roofing products, there is a difference in the value and experience they offer. Since not all roofing contractors are alike, you need a contractor who is going to install your new roof correctly the first time, and be around to warranty any future issues that may arise after the sale. Offering a full line of residential and commercial roofing solutions, 214 Roofing has the experience and expertise to solve almost any roofing problem you may have and has been serving for 30+ years specializing in roofing, siding, gutters, painting, doors, skylights, and storm damage repair. They are fully licensed, fully insured, highly recommended and only use the highest quality roofing materials available. 214 Roofing is not willing to gamble their reputation by cutting corners, using substandard materials, or rushing a job. Every roof they install has their name on it, and they take that very seriously.

Acti-Kare In-Home Senior Care - Tampa, FL

Acti-Kare, a non-medical home care company (not able to directly administer medications), has been trusted for over a decade in providing in-home elderly care to thousands of individuals every year and has constantly been ranked a leading senior and elderly care company across the United States. Whether you need infant care, or senior care, their caregivers are insured, bonded, and trained to provide care for all stages of life. Their offices can help seniors live a fruitful and eventful life in the comfort of their own home. They utilize multiple in-home family care training programs and protocols to provide tier one in-home care. With over a decade of experience helping families, we have developed programs for all ages, and walks of life.

Arden Village Service - Sacramento, CA

A full-service preventive maintenance and auto repairs center in the Sacramento, CA area, Arden Village Service specializes in 4x4 services, brakes, car and truck care, domestic cars and trucks, electrical services, electronic services, engine and transmission, engine maintenance, general services, heating and cooling services, import cars & trucks, inspections and emissions, miscellaneous services, tires, towing, transmission services, and undercar services since 1958. Using the latest technology to assess the situation and offer you alternatives, their experts have the knowledge to service and repair even the most challenging auto problems on all makes and models of domestic and import vehicles. They guarantee all of their work.

ARP Roofing & Remodeling - San Antonio, TX

When you need a roof over your head that is reliable and trustworthy for years to come, you should hire licensed and insured experts to provide you with outstanding roofing services and the type of roofing system that best fits your specific need. Texas-owned and operated, ARP Roofing & Remodeling is a full service general contracting company specializing in residential roofing, roof repair, seamless gutter installation, storm damage repair, home improvement, and remodeling services. They install roofing systems that utilize top quality materials manufactured by Atlas, GAF, and Owens Corning. ARP Roofing & Remodeling is licensed to operate and perform services in the state of Texas and are registered to operate on the coast in San Antonio, San Marcos, Corpus Christi, Portland, Ingleside, & Rockport, Victoria, Port Lavaca, & Goliad cities and counties. Their team, with 30+ years of combined industry experience, delivers exceptional services and results at an honest price.

Beach & Bluff Realty - Kilauea, HI

Suzanne Kobayashi and Cynthia Childer at Beach & Bluff Realty will help you find your special spot on Kauai for a week, a year, or a lifetime -- all while enjoyably working together. Kauai is a very special island both to live on and to visit. Suzanne is the owner and broker of Beach & Bluff Realty with years of experience in sales, property development, long term rentals & vacation rental property management, and her assistant is Cynthia. Aside from Suzanne and Cynthia, Beach & Bluff Realty has great trustworthy cleaning people who have worked for them for years, and an excellent over-the-top handy-man who can fix, alter or add on to just about anything. Beach & Bluff has grown and changed to keep up with the industry and their vacation rental website,, has been online since 1998. Their marketing success has come about by having fabulous properties offered at competitive rates and keeping up with industry best practices. They have a state-of-the-art website and reservation system with personalized templates to keep in touch with their guests and find out what is happening in their rentals.

Dream Home
Dream Home 

Dream Homes - Weslaco, TX

When initially formed, Dream Homes by J&J had only one goal in mind: to establish a reputation as a builder of fine, quality homes in the Rio Grande Valley. Many years and hundreds of homes later, Dream Homes has proudly reached that goal. Over the years, and spanning three generations of family members devoted to building master-crafted quality homes, customer satisfaction has been the driving force behind their company’s success. Dream Homes gives you the power to design yourself the perfect home with the ability to customize floor plans. Their homes use the latest construction materials and display many elegant and innovative designs filled with luxury details and features normally found in very expensive homes. They most certainly are “building the Dream Homes of Tomorrow!”

Elite Jewelry and Loan - Tempe, AZ

Arizona’s finest hidden gem started out as a wholesale jewelry shop in 1952 in Chicago, and quickly grew to serve the entire Chicagoland area providing fine items at money-saving prices. When their children moved to Arizona, they made the decision to follow them, and took their quality jewelry and loan services to the wonderful people in Phoenix and the surrounding areas. Three generations of family values of integrity, honesty and trust built their reputation. Elite Jewelry and Loan is not your typical jewelry store. Instead, it’s an upscale pawnshop where you can obtain a collateral loan, or sell your items at a fair price. That makes Elite Jewelry and Loan one of the most reputable locations for buying valuables, selling valuables, or borrowing money on luxury watches, diamonds, designer handbags, precious metal and gold coins. Located on the border of Scottsdale and Tempe, they are now the destination for fine wholesale jewelry, estate jewelry, diamond engagement rings, pre-owned luxury watches and have earned the reputation as Arizona’s largest gold and wholesale jewelry buyer.

Hunter Demolition and Wrecking - Poteet, TX

One thing that sets this Texas-based corporation apart from competitors is their outstanding customer support. Company President Debbie Hunter, Vice President Marty Hunter and Project Coordinator Bobbi Gonzales are involved at every level, personally overseeing nationwide projects and frequently on-site to ensure their clients’ satisfaction. Since 1967 Hunter Demolition has been providing their clients with quality service and outstanding customer support. They have grown from a small, local operation to completing projects all over the United States. Being privately owned, they are able to provide competitive pricing without cutting corners or compromising project integrity and safety. With over 30 years of experience, highly qualified staff, safety-focused, OSHA compliant, innovative methodologies, their years of experience and safety-driven work ethic will ensure that your project is completed with the utmost professionalism. They are 100% committed to every project.

KDK Accountancy Corporation - Orlando, FL

An accounting firm having roots in Orlando since 1960, KDK Accountancy Corporation has a wealth of experience dealing with a variety of businesses including construction, real estate, retail, broadcasting, legal and medical professions as well as investors and entrepreneurs. As an award-winning CPA, KDK offers a wide range of assistance that includes accounting, tax preparation and planning, Internet business consulting and a free initial consultation for business owners. Their goal is to understand the needs of every client. Bernard Kiesel, CPA, CFP, the managing partner of KDK Accountancy is a Certified Public Accountant who has served clients for over 25 years in the areas of Accounting, Tax Preparation and Tax Planning, as well as Financial and Estate Planning. Bernie holds the designation of CFP (Certified Financial Planner) which is the standard for Financial and Estate Planners. He is a member in good standing of The AICPA (American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the FICPA(Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants).

KM Premier Real Estate - Corpus Christi, TX

Established by Kamran Zarghouni, and delivering outstanding results since 2008, KM Premier Real Estate has been raising the bar for what it means to provide first-rate service to clients. Specializing in Residential, Property Management and Commercial Real Estate, KM’s team has been representing buyers and sellers throughout the Coastal Bend. A dedicated team of professionals with 25+ years of experience in understanding clients’ unique needs, adapting to each situation, knowing the latest market trends, having a deep understanding of the communities they serve, having skills that go far beyond closing deals, and the ability to think outside the box. In addition, the team has earned a number of distinguished professional designations over the years that include Accredited Buyer’s Representative, Certified Residential Specialists, Corpus Christi Under 40 Honoree, Seniors Real Estate Specialists, and Small Business Leaders. The KM team is well respected within the community, and many of their agents are actively involved in everything from local charitable institutions to sitting on the boards of various community organizations, including Planning Commission, Airport Zoning Commission, and the Chamber of Commerce.

Lone Star Septic Pumping - Magnolia, TX

Lone Star Septic Pumping prides itself on being a company that is built on honesty and integrity and providing quality service. They continue to gain rapport in the community as the top septic pumping service provider in their extended area, servicing both Aerobic and Conventional septic tank systems, and providing residential and commercial septic tank cleaning, septic tank pumping, grease trap cleaning and septic line jetting for all septic systems in the North Houston area, with reasonable prices and an unmatched attention to detail. Their various services extend into Magnolia, Tomball, Montgomery, Conroe, and Cypress Texas. Lone Star Septic offers municipality septic pumping and cleaning services. In addition to residential and commercial septic needs, they offer cleaning and pumping for RVs, campers, and other mobile units. Discounts are offered for routine pumping in industrial and commercial use such as oil rigs, manufacturing facilities, events, rural schools, and high frequency utilities. Their team is knowledgeable and friendly, their drivers are experienced in the septic industry, and they only use state-licensed disposal sites for septic disposal.

Marshall Environmental Management - Tulsa, OK

Serving clients and the community since 1987, Marshall Environmental Management, Inc. (MEM) provides Certified Industrial Hygiene Services. Their expertise and professionalism has allowed them to lead their industry in the State of Oklahoma. MEM specializes in monitoring surveys, asbestos removal, indoor air quality and mold inspection in Oklahoma City. Providing professional solutions to environmental, health & safety challenges, MEM excels in providing professional services such as, but not limited to, Industrial Hygiene Air Monitoring Surveys pertaining to Silica and Dust, lead and asbestos, including lead and asbestos project management and oversight, AHERA Project Designs, AHERA Management Plans, AHERA Inspections and Re-inspections, EPA/HUD Risk Assessments, EPA/HUD Inspections, EPA/HUD Clearance Testing, Indoor Air Quality and Mold Inspection/Surveys, Expert Witness Testimony, as well as environmental sample collection and testing.

Michael Brady Realty - Colleyville, TX

If you’re looking for the best place to live in Texas as either a tenant or a homeowner, Michael Brady Realty is the partner to have. They manage the most desirable properties in Tarrant, Denton and Dallas counties. They will not only meet your needs, but will exceed your expectations, no exceptions. If you are a property owner, Michael Brady Realty also manages residential, multi-family and commercial property. They are committed to delivering the highest level of management services to your property by providing day-to-day operations, conducting careful tenant screening and background checks, maintenance, rent collection, regular inspections, and much more. In addition to all that, you will have access to a convenient online “Owner Portal” on their website to view current and past financial statements, etc.

Home with beautiful windows
Home with beautiful windows 

Newtec Windows and Doors - Chicago, IL

From a small manufacturing operation on the South Side of Chicago that serviced contractors in the retrofit window market to a full-service window factory, Newtec has been building quality and trust since 2005. They have become a Chicago-land preferred windows and doors provider among contractors and homeowners with a full-service window factory, producing everything from residential windows and doors, aluminum storefront systems to high-end, state-of-the-art architectural-grade vinyl windows and doors. Their local in-house 110,000-square-foot facility means short lead time and quick turn-around on shipments, all assembled with pride and care. Newtec supplies windows and doors to builders, developers, and contractors, in addition to offering a wide range of products for residential, commercial, industrial and institutional needs.

Robert’s Tree Service - Jacksonville, FL

Trees provide beauty and shade to any property, but they also come with providing proper maintenance. When you purchase a property for your home or business, you take responsibility for the upkeep of the building and all of the surrounding land, including the trees. While wooded areas are a beautiful part of our delicate ecosystem, unchecked growth can lead to a vast array of problems. It's important to have an experienced tree service company address the situation before it creates a problem. Since 2003, customers in the Greater Jacksonville area have trusted the certified arborists and staff at Robert’s Tree Service to assist with trimming, removal, and emergency/hurricane situation responses. Their crews meet every OSHA safety requirement, and also carry workers' compensation and liability insurance.

Salmu Law Firm - San Diego, CA

Rooted in the community, Salmu Law Firm is more than just attorneys. Since inception, the law firm’s policy has been to treat each client with dignity, rendering the prompt, effective and courteous service they deserve. They were founded with the specific goal in mind to provide vigorous, ethical, and professional legal representation to the San Diego region. Salmu Law Firm prides itself on the understanding of community and personal needs in San Diego and El Cajon. Their attorneys are experienced and have a proven track record in the areas of Criminal Defense, Business, and Personal Injury with extraordinary depth and experience in law and business. The preparation of cases and representation of their clients is approached as a team and their clients receive the best representation from excellent attorneys and experienced lawyers with outstanding judgment assisted by a motivated support staff.

Sterling Personnel - Corpus Christi, TX

By acting with integrity in all facets of their business, the team at Sterling Personnel is able to achieve a successful relationship in matching talent and culture, then linking people to success. With them, you are not simply their client or candidate, you are their partner throughout the hiring process. Customer satisfaction and a commitment to quality service are at the center of everything they do. Three years after Sterling Personnel, Inc. was established, Sharon Kollaja acquired Sterling in 2004. Her leadership has resulted in the substantial growth of the company, including the Gulf Coast Expansion to Houston Area in 2015, as well as the placement of thousands of workers in jobs throughout the Texas Gulf Coast. Sharon is the Owner and President of Sterling Personnel, Inc. and Sterling HR and an active participant in the Corpus Christi business community.

Nice kitchen Cabinets
Nice kitchen Cabinets 

The Cabinet Guys - Indian Trail & Greater Charlotte, NC

When you are in love with your current home but are looking to add more character to an existing space, such as your kitchen, bathroom or office, The Cabinet Guys will bring your dream to life and create a style that’s attractive and functional. With more than 35 years of experience in the skilled remodeling industry, their team of professionals will ensure that your project will get done correctly and on time. They handle residential and commercial cabinetry installation including kitchen and bathroom remodeling, custom cabinetry, desks, bookcases, tiling, flooring, painting, plumbing, and electrical. Their cabinets are made out of three-quarter-inch American plywood with soft-closing hinges and doors. The Cabinet Guys have received highly-rated reviews from their customers on various review sites.

TS Heat & Air - Bethany, OK

Terry Shinn started TS Heat & Air in 1983 in his garage with a pickup truck and a belief he could do things better. Today, TS employs over 25 people and still maintains the attitude that they are all a big family. Terry continues to be in his office at 8:00 every morning to make sure they are doing things the right way as they serve the Oklahoma City Metropolitan area. Since 1983, they’ve been providing legendary customer service, that includes having your call answered by a real-live-person and not a pre-recorded message, even after office hours. Their expert technicians will help you no matter what you call them for, be it a new install, a repair, or just some simple maintenance to keep your existing heating or cooling system running just like it should. TS Heat & Air specializes in residential installations and service and installs approximately 1100 systems annually.

Unique Pet Care - Lakewood, CO

If you are like most pet lovers you do not like to leave your pets in unfamiliar surroundings, or place them in a pet boarding facility. Making arrangements for friends and neighbors to take care of your pets at home may feel like an imposition. Whether you’ll be traveling away from home, working unusual hours, recovering from a lengthy illness, or unable to care for your pets, Unique Pet Care is there to provide personalized pet care for your dog, cat, birds, and/or other pets in the West Denver Metro Area. While taking care of your pets, they can water your plants, take in the mail and newspapers, adjust draperies and lights, and make your home look “lived-in.” With Unique Pet Care, your pets remain in the comfort and security of their home, continue their customary diet and exercise routine, receive medication, vitamins, special care, or medical treatment in case of illness, and avoid exposure to illness outside the home. The Unique Pet Care provider is not only experienced in pet care, but is a certified Pet First Aid Instructor. showcases thousands of incredible businesses in more than 300 industry/professional categories that are located in over 100 major U.S. cities. The Outstanding Local Business Award (OLBA) is given to locally-owned and operated businesses in recognition of their services to the local community and have met all of the Criteria listed on


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