David Towles, the owner of Edge Salon & Spa and Edge Formals, was named 2013 Small-Business Person of the Year on Thursday during the Greater North Augusta Chamber of Commerce Business & Community Expo.
He opened the salon and spa in 2008 and added formal wear in 2009. Edge Formals moved into its own space a couple of years later. Both are in Hammond’s Ferry.
Towles, who also provides pageant consulting and participates in several events and fundraisers for various causes, said he was honored to receive the award.
“It is recognition from my community,” he said. “I’ve been blessed.”
Earlier this year, he received the Business Person of the Year Award from the South Carolina Future Business Leaders of America for his work with the FBLA chapter at North Augusta High School.
Towles said he encourages other small-business owners to stay determined and “don’t give up.”
“As a small-business owner, everything came out of my pocket. I had no financing so I had to produce enough revenue to pay my bills,” he said. “It was difficult at times, but I’m thankful that I’ve been able to do it.”
The announcement was one of several activities held during the expo. More than 50 vendors participated in the event, showcasing their business or organization.
“It’s an opportunity to allow our businesses and community to come together,” said Terra Caroll, president of the North Augusta chamber, of the expo. “It’s a chance for our businesses to let them know who they are and where they are and for the community to learn more about what’s available in our area.”
More than 200 people attended the expo.