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Outstanding Local Business Award Recipients for November 2021

November’s list contains seven outstanding local businesses who are being recognized for their contribution to their customers, clients, and the local community.

By: Alex Sanders | Nov 2021


Services provided by these businesses include wide range of insurance plans for small business, individuals, group health, senior supplements, dental and vision, final expense, annuity, Trawick International, auto insurance, home insurance, flood insurance, life insurance, motorcycle insurance, RV protection, umbrella insurance; shades, draperies, textiles, shutters, screens, blinds, privacy sheers, window panels, window treatments; legal counsel, legal representation, civil litigation, business & commercial law, real estate law, family law, construction law, estate planning and probate, bankruptcy law, employment law; accounting, audit, tax solutions, employee benefits plans; funeral service, memorial service, burial, cremation; dental exam, x-rays, teeth cleaning, teeth whitening, crowns, bridges, dentures, implants, veneers, periodontal treatment, wisdom teeth removal, sealants/resins, and dental implants.

Affordable Health Insurance Agency - San Antonio, TX

Founded by Joe and Rosie Chetwood in 1995 and with twenty offices and local agents all over the U.S., the Affordable Health Insurance Agency (AHIA) offers health insurance, group health insurance, life insurance, senior supplements, dental and vision, final expense, annuity, Trawick International, home and auto insurance. In addition to several niche products that help meet specific situations for their clients. The company was created on the premise that all clients be taken care of as their own family with quality insurance being offered at an affordable price.

“It’s About Family" at AHIA. Their mission is to help families analyze their insurance needs and find an affordable protection plan that will meet their family’s requirements. AHIA takes pride and ownership in working with local communities nationwide and having serviced over 100,000 customers. In addition to providing some of the best insurance in Texas, AHIA also offers extensive services to its community.

Austintatious Blinds & Shutters - Austin, TX

Norma Catano and Tracey Hopkins are the proud owners and parents to the Austintatious family since February 28, 2003. Starting out as a “lemonade stand,” Austintatious Blinds & Shutters quickly became professionals in finding the perfect solution for the home and the experts in motorization, through both Somfy and Hunter Douglas. Then in 2014, Norma and Tracey opened their showroom. The company has gone from being a Hunter Douglas Gallery dealer to a Hunter Douglas Authorized Service Center, allowing it to add service and repair to its growing repertoire. Believing in buying local and supporting the local community, the team at Austintatious Blinds and Shutters provides convenient in-home consultations, professional installation services, Hunter Douglas window treatments with extensive warranty coverage, custom wood shutters, window tinting, polyscreens, various shade material, and more.

Burns & Hansen, P.A. - Minneapolis, MN

A full-service law firm, Burns & Hansen provides legal representation to individuals, families, and businesses in Minneapolis and Hennepin County, across the Twin Cities area and throughout Minnesota. The founding attorney, Patrick Burns, built an established practice in real estate and family law. In 2009, the general litigation practice was strengthened when he joined forces with proven litigator Erik Hansen, who has earned recognition in the “Rising Stars list” by Minnesota Law & Politics. The team at Burns & Hansen has handled complex litigation in state and federal venues, represented Fortune 500 companies, and argued appeals before the highest courts.

Practice areas include crisis management, litigation and appeals, divorce and family law (divorce, property division, child custody, complex matters, domestic/international), consumer bankruptcy, business law (entity formation, ongoing corporate counsel, litigation, trademark protection), real estate (transactions, commercial/residential), land use, Homeowners Associations, construction law (builders or property owners), banking law (borrowers, lenders, community banks, credit unions), Wills and estates (individualized Wills and Trusts, powers of attorney, probate litigation).

Collings CPA Firm, PLLC - Tucson, AZ

A Certified Public Accounting firm licensed in Arizona and a Registered Investment Advisor, Collings CPA Firm (formerly Bitner & Collings, PLLC) has served the tax, accounting, and auditing needs of individuals and businesses in Southern Arizona since 1993. As a full-service firm, Collings CPA offers a wide array of quality accounting, audit, tax solutions, employee benefits plans, and serves individuals, estates, trusts; real estate, legal, and investment professionals; manufacturing and retail companies; community health centers, businesses, crisis centers, schools, and other not-for-profit organizations.

A member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Paul A. Collings, CPA graduated from the University of Arizona in 1990 with a degree in finance and accounting. His extensive knowledge of tax and accounting issues and solutions has helped clients in diverse industries and business situations. With a strong background in Information Technology, Paul also provides his clients with IT solutions for networks, servers, workstations, software applications, database structuring, and reporting. He is committed to working closely with clients to understand their tax and accounting needs and guide them to the optimum solutions based on his vast experience.

Homeowners Insurance Group - Scottsdale, AZ

Homeowners Insurance Group provides a single point-of-contact for all insurance needs in Arizona. Owner and Principal Agent, Aliesha Brard has been an insurance agent for over twenty-five years. In addition, Aliesha is an avid triathlete who completed the 2019 Iron Man race to raise money for St. Jude’s Cancer Research, and is involved with multiple charitable organizations. Homeowners Insurance Group believes in community service and supports Care Fund and Boys and Girls Club along with various running and bicycling charities across the Valley throughout the year. The company has also participated in the following fund raising events: Caddy Shack Golf Tournament and numerous fundraising during the year benefiting the Care Fund, a mortgage, rent, and monthly housing expense fund for families with children facing extended illness or injury; Agents Benefiting Children; and Tri for the Cure benefiting breast cancer research. Types of services offered by Homeowners Insurance Group are auto insurance, home insurance, business insurance, flood insurance, life insurance, motorcycle insurance, RV protection, and umbrella insurance.

Lewis Funeral Home - San Antonio, TX

Founded by the late Mr. Frank E. Lewis on May 15, 1909, the firm operated as “Frank E. Lewis, Funeral Director” until 1947, when a partnership was formed with Vernon E. Larremore and the firm name changed to Lewis Funeral Home. In 1960, at the passing of Frank E. Lewis, the business became a sole proprietorship and was operated by Vernon E. Larremore until his passing in July, 1989. That year, Mr. Robert Washington, Jr., became the firm’s President and General Manager until his passing on April 6, 2011. His wife, Mrs. Lois C. Washington took over operations and is presently the firm’s President and General Manager, who is assisted by a staff of experienced employees. Located in San Antonio, TX, the services offered by Lewis Funeral Home are funeral service, memorial service, burial, and cremation.

Morgan & Associates Dental Office - Houston, TX

The professionals at Morgan and Associates Dental Office in Houston, TX believe that dentistry is about more than how teeth are treated — it’s about how the client is treated. All of the firm’s registered Dental Assistants and Hygienists are licensed professionals who pride themselves on staying on the cutting edge of dentistry. Services provided include dental exam, x-rays, teeth cleaning, teeth whitening, crowns, bridges, dentures, implants, veneers, periodontal treatment, wisdom teeth removal, sealants/resins, and dental implants.

Dentistry has been a lifelong passion of general dentist, Phyllis J. Morgan, DDS, who always dreamed of having her own practice. That dream came true in 1994. In addition, community and outreach have been a desire and driving force in her life, and in 1999, Dr. Morgan founded “One Tooth at a Time” to help the under insured and underprivileged. Located in southeast Houston, this nonprofit organization meets the needs of individuals who are unable to afford dental services. showcases thousands of incredible businesses in more than 300 industry 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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