2018-06-14 / Front Page

Southern Cleaning Products selected as 2018 Chamber Business of the Year


The Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce’s annual banquet was held June 2 at Elijah Clark State Park. Southern Cleaning Products, owned by Steven and Beth Dawkins (second and third from right) was awarded the 2018 Business of the Year award by Co-chairman Beth Putnam (fourth from right) and Co-chairman Harry Hafer (far right). Helping the Dawkins celebrate were their daughter Katelyn Norman, (second from left) and her husband, Casey Norman (far left). The Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce’s annual banquet was held June 2 at Elijah Clark State Park. Southern Cleaning Products, owned by Steven and Beth Dawkins (second and third from right) was awarded the 2018 Business of the Year award by Co-chairman Beth Putnam (fourth from right) and Co-chairman Harry Hafer (far right). Helping the Dawkins celebrate were their daughter Katelyn Norman, (second from left) and her husband, Casey Norman (far left). Southern Cleaning Products (SCP) was named 2018 Chamber Business of the Year at the Lincolnton- Lincoln County Chamber of Com­merce annual gala, Saturday, June 2, at Elijah Clark State Park. Shelter One at the park was transformed into a sparkling garden with white table rounds, a jazz duo performing, and a stellar buffet enjoyed by over 70 chamber members. The event celebrated not only the Business of the Year, but the accomplishments of the chamber and its members this program year.

Co-Director of the chamber, Beth Putnam, offered congratulations to both Steven and Beth Dawkins for taking home the 2018 award. “SCP is a true Lincoln County conglom­erate,” she said, “headed up by this dynamic couple who built it brick by brick, and mile by mile over the years. Headquartered in Lincolnton, SCP is a forward thinking business that reaches throughout the entire CSRA.” The Dawkinses have one daughter, Katelyn. Her husband, Casey Norman, is fast becoming an integral part of the company.

SCP was started in 1992, as quite literally a backyard enterprise. As the company outgrew the backyard, it moved to White Rock Road. Outgrowing yet another location, it moved in 2004 to the building on 740 N. Washington Street.

“We couldn’t have done it without the people that believed in us. We had so many mentors in the com­munity that cared about us. They were invaluable,” said Steven. “We also want to thank the chamber for the award, and especially Mark and Beth Putnam. They were a major force in revitalizing the chamber when it was about to close,” he finished.

“We have been truly blessed in our endeavors. This kind of sup­port is what makes living here in Lincoln County so special,” said Beth Dawkins.

“Business savvy is something that grows from a solid foundation. It is nurtured by the knowledge that we all can and must continue to learn in order to thrive over the long haul. SCP, along with its two business components, Peanuts Coin Laundry and Sparkle Wash, has proven that being successful in business doesn’t mean that you have to compromise on your principals,” Putnam said. “It is important to establish an elevating vision for your employees and your clients and then to continue to push that vision higher. SCP also owns several businesses in surrounding counties.

“Balancing family, faith, friend­ships, and a successful enterprise is not easy, but this company does it with much grace. With them, as the family grows, so does the busi­ness,” Putnam continued. “This company has been very active in the re-establishment of the Chamber by diving right in and offering much of themselves in the process.”

The chamber’s mission is to pro­mote and strengthen the prosperity of the members and the business community. The networking op­portunity of the gala is a resource to Lincoln County enterprises and the gathering was highlighted by the celebration of the 2018 award winner.

The soiree started at 6 p.m. with members and guests mingling. Ap­There’s proximately 45 minutes later, the buffet, provided by Edgar’s Grille, was offered.

Located in Augusta, Edgar’s Grille is unlike any other restaurant or caterer in the CSRA. A portion of every dollar spent goes toward edu­cation programs including support for Helms College. Helms College culinary students receive hands-on experiential learning opportunities at both Edgar’s Grille and Edgar’s Bistro. The college’s Culinary Arts programs are operated by the Good­will Industries of the CSRA.

The Chamber’s recent partnership with Garden City Jazz, who provid­ed the entertainment at the Welcome Center’s grand re-opening (includ­ing a local son, Tom Reed), brought another duo to the gala. VOXNBass (VOX pronounced voice) consists of Monet (also known as Nefertiti) and Travis Shaw who serenaded the audience throughout dinner with their special brand of beautiful, smooth music.

The Chamber will finish out this program year with a final board meeting in June to certify the operat­ing budget for Fiscal/Program Year 2019, starting in July. Programming for the new fiscal year is already beginning. Friday, July 27, will be the date when WAFJ will be on site at the Welcome Center noon-2 p.m. as part of its “Tiny Towns Tour” this summer.

The Chamber of Commerce banquet is a premier event every year. It is a night to thank mem­bers for their patronage, give out a prestigious award, and celebrate the chamber community. The mis­sion of the chamber is to promote and strengthen the prosperity of our members and, by extension, the community. They actively seek expansion of business and industry to strengthen the economic choices for employment for the people of Lincoln County and Lincolnton.

Return to top