Thursday, March 3, 2011

Custom Alarm and CWS, Inc. Named Top 100 Small Businesses in the U.S. for Second Consecutive Year

YOUR Vote Needed for Which Business Should Win the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Community Excellence Award

Cast Your Vote for Rochester’s very own- Custom Alarm/Custom Communications, Inc.

Two Rochester area small businesses have once again been recognized by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for each being one of the top 100 small businesses in the United States. Custom Alarm/Custom Communications, Inc., has been named a Blue Ribbon Small Business Award winner and CWS, Inc, has been named a Free Enterprise Honoree. The awards are designed to recognize businesses that demonstrate excellent business practices in several areas, including: business strategy, employee development, community involvement and customer service.

As a Blue Ribbon winner, Custom Alarm is also eligible for the Community Excellence Award, decided by online public voting, taking place now through March 11. To cast your vote for Custom Alarm, visit: and click on the VOTE HERE button. Select “Custom Communications – Rochester, MN” from the pull down menu, complete the form and press SUBMIT.

“Being singled out for this national honor two years in a row clearly indicates that Custom Alarm and CWS, Inc. are doing the right thing in how customers and employees are treated,” says John Wade, president of the Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce. “These national awards are positive proof of the value of having each of them in our community.”

Out of the top 100 Small Businesses named, four came from Minnesota. "Small businesses not only survive in Rochester but thrive as well,” says Gary Smith, president of Rochester Area Economic Development, Inc. “These businesses combined provide thousands of jobs and contribute their time, talent and resources to help make the Rochester area a great place to live, work and invest. Custom Alarm and CWS, Inc, represent our best of class. Both are significant contributors to our area's quality of life and economic vitality."

All winners will be recognized in America’s Small Business Summit, May 23-25 in Washington, D.C.

About Custom Alarm

Since 1968, Custom Communications, Inc., also known as Custom Alarm, has been providing the best in sales, installation, service and monitoring security and sound systems. This family owned and operated business is located in Rochester, Minnesota where you will find their UL Listed Central Monitoring Station. There are also two branch offices located in Winona and St. Paul, Minnesota.

About CWS, Inc.

Founded in 1998, CWS is the area’s leading integrated agency that delivers web solutions (design and programming); strategy led marketing, communication plans, public relations, video production, graphic design, media placement and social media marketing.

CWS believes in strengthening our communities and puts a high value on our overall corporate social responsibility and involvement. In 2010, alone, CWS has donated more than $25,000 of time, talent and resources to area non-profits and organizations.

About the U.S. Chamber of Commerce
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations. More information can be found at the U.S. Chamber's Web site.

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