The Herald Bulletin

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Local Business

March 1, 2014

Reaching for the stars and emerging as a winner

Nominees of a chamber award say they appreciate recognition for hard work

ANDERSON — Originally, Wayne Bruzzese wanted to be the “Banner King of Anderson.” Today, that vision has changed, but his ambition has not slowed.

“We thought we would do mostly banners and some other signs, but banners have only been a small percentage of my business,” he said with a laugh. “My goal is to continue to grow, but I really want to help other people - that is my biggest goal.”

Bruzzese and his wife Michelle own Star Bullets Banners & Signs and have been nominated by the Madison County Chamber as “The Emerging Business of the Year.”

Sales Artists, Inc., and The Story Shop have also been nominated.

The award, presented by the Madison County Chamber during the 2014 Annual Awards Gala at the Madison Park Church of God, 6607 Providence Dr., is given to a business which has proven to be invested in the community and demonstrated not only visible growth, but also its “cool” factor as a new business.

That may be where the competition gets tough because each business has definitely proven to be innovative and creative.

Each of the three nominees has built their company’s success by doing something a competitor has failed to do, and some have crossed boundaries to create new services.

Star Bullets Banners & Signs is creating signs around the county from vehicles to billboards and everything in between.

“We do anything that looks like a sign or sounds like a sign,” Bruzzese said with a laugh.

Kevin Huff and Caesar Kavadoy own Sales Artists, Inc. The company not only improves the sales effectiveness of its clients, it helps fire employees.

“We get rid of the employee mentality and replace them with business-minded people,” Huff said.

Sales Artists, Inc., provides a number of services including customer-focused methodologies, leadership coaching workshops and reinforcement through multiple emerging technology platforms.

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