Honoring one of the county’s greatest assets
Catherine and Scott Hughes spent the last 25 years building a local hotspot.
The couple, owners of Satterwhite Point Marina, were honored Wednesday at the Small Business of the Year luncheon. They attended the event with two of their six employees to accept the Henderson-Vance Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business of the Year award.
“It feels mighty good to be recognized, and we sure appreciate it,” Scott Hughes said. “We will continue to work hard and keep things moving down at the lake.”
Satterwhite Point Marina is one of the main attractions on Kerr Lake, complete with boat storage, lakeside cabin rentals, a public launching ramp, gas dock and convenience store.
The marina is well known for the tourism it brings to the lake.
“Satterwhite Point Marina is very valuable to our community with Kerr Lake as one of our greatest assets to bring tourism to Vance County,” said John Barnes, president of Henderson-Vance Chamber of Commerce. “Scott and Catherine work very hard promoting Vance County, the community and the Chamber of Commerce.”
To accompany their service to the lake, Catherine and Scott Hughes sponsor many Chamber of Commerce events and initiatives and advocate for education in Vance County schools.
The couple also is opening a marina called Rudd’s Creek Marina on the Virginia side of Kerr Lake in the coming months.
Three other small businesses Warren, Granville and Franklin counties were honored during the luncheon.
Charla Duncan, executive director of the Warren County Chamber of Commerce, presented her county’s award to the editor of The Warren Record, Jennifer Harris.
“I am tearing up because this is a really big deal to our staff,” Harris said.
The paper was established in 1896 and is composed of seven staff members now — all women.
“They do exactly what a community paper is supposed to do,” Duncan said. “They cover local events, they cover local people, and they cover local news.”
Granville County recognized Whitco Termite and Pest Control owned by Mark Harrison.
The company started 25 years ago with two employees and has grown to eight.
In that time, Harrison maintained his involvement in the community, sponsoring sports teams at the recreation center, serving on government committees and supporting non-profit organizations.
“I am deeply honored, and we are going to continue to do the same thing that has kept us in business for the last 25 years,” Harrison said.
Franklin Medical Center received Franklin County’s small business award.
The lunch was a celebration of these small businesses’ accomplishments and a reminder to stay rooted in the community.
Former state Rep. Jim Crawford Jr., who gave the keynote address, said he had seen many businesses fail as a result of corporate conglomerates coming to town.
“When Wal-Mart came, we had 14 clothing stores in downtown Oxford,” he said. “Now we have two.”
Crawford congratulated the award winners and told them to keep their main focus on local revenue.
“We want a climate for you to grow and prosper and keep your dollars at home, your interest at home to look after the schools, to look after the chamber of commerce and to look after what we need in our area to make it grow and proper,” he said.
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