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Charleen Ferguson Of Just Call The I.T. Guy Honored As Wylie's 2022 Local Business Person Of The Year
The largest online referral network for small businesses, Alignable.com is announcing the results of its national search for leaders who've gone above and beyond guiding peers and supporting entire communities as they strive to recover.
The 2022 contest is the most popular competition Alignable has ever hosted, marking a 64% increase in participation over last year. In all, 2,400+ small business owners were elected by their peers to be their Local Business People Of The Year across the U.S. and Canada.
During the contest, which ran from Jan. 10 to Feb. 11, 2022, 160,000+ votes and 32,000+ testimonials were posted praising thousands of local leaders for helping their peers and communities through a turbulent year with many challenges: skyrocketing inflation, labor shortages, supply chain problems, and COVID variants.
Because of these issues, 70% of small businesses have yet to recover and recovery rates have declined 13% since December, according to Alignable's latest poll of 6,305 small business owners. This recovery reversal highlights how important it is for the contest winners to continue their work helping even more businesses bounce back from pandemic-era hurdles.
Giving Is The Glue Holding Us Together
"In our tight-knit community, you almost always get back what you give," said Ferguson. "The challenges we've all encountered have compelled many of us to offer counsel and other support to peers struggling to keep their businesses afloat. While I'm thrilled to receive this award, it's really a testament to our entire community that reinforces my resolve to push toward a full recovery for everyone here in Wylie by the end of 2022, if not earlier."
In past years, the awareness generated through similar contests has spurred expanded connections, as well as new business for many winners. Ferguson's previous awards and honors include Alignable Alliance Founding Ambassador Mentor, Local Main Street Mentor 2021, Wylie Local Business Person of The Year 2020-2021, 2019 Small Business Storyteller, and Wylie 2018 Small Business Person of the Year.
Driving Recognition Is Key
"This has been a fun and rewarding contest to watch unfold," said Alignable's President & Co-Founder Venkat Krishnamurthy. "Local business owners are the heart and soul of their communities and they ought to get way more recognition for all they do. Friendly competition aside, this contest generated some incredible peer testimonials (to the tune of 32,000+), showing exactly why small business owners are stronger together."
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About Just Call The I.T. Guy
Just Call The I.T. Guy is a Managed Services I.T. Company located in Wylie, TX and managed and owned by Ferguson and husband Jay. They offer Full Managed, Remote Managed, and Managed Protection services with emphasis on security, efficiency, and productivity. Visit their website and Alignable home page.
Alignable.com is the largest online referral network for small businesses in the U.S. and Canada. With 7 million+ members across 35,000+ local communities, Alignable is the network where small business owners drive leads and prospects, generate referrals, land new business, build trusted relationships, and share great advice.
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