They do not call it Hotlanta for nothing. The city was living up to its name last Thursday, June 14th at Flourish in Buckhead when the Association for Corporate Growth held its annual Gala honoring the Fast 40 companies in Georgia. For the last 10 years, the ACG has honored small to medium size businesses that demonstrate significant revenue and employee growth across the state and metro Atlanta.
Thursday night did not disappoint. Temperatures were hovering around 90° when the honoree reception kicked off in fine fashion. Invited members from the honored companies and sponsors for the ACG chapter in Georgia — which Yalo has been for the last 2 years — networked over cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Once the Gala officially kicked off, nearly 700 hundred people sat down to dinner and drinks while the 2018 Fast 40 companies were recognized.
The diversity of businesses and impact was nothing short of amazing. From wrapping paper, on board vehicle diagnostics, software for surgery scheduling and management, to pine straw services — the gamut of businesses was certainly covered. It was also amazing to see a nice balance of first time honorees, and several companies that were veterans of the event. No small feat considering the growth criteria required to even be nominated.
The most important thing that occurred at this event, other than dinner ending 45 minutes early (bonus time at the dessert reception), was seeing the honored companies truly enjoying their success. The reward was beyond the plaque they received. It was validation that they can succeed, as a team, and be a valuable contributor the communities across Atlanta and Georgia.
As the after-parties spilled into the warm evening air on Piedmont Avenue, it was motivating to witness that you do not have to be a Fortune 500 Goliath to make a real difference. We feel and act that way at Yalo too. Our tribe is most satisfied when our customers are. It is what we strive for every day. No better way to wrap up the evening other than one of Georgia’s most famous of businesses — #WaffleHouse! Look forward to another great year supporting the ACG.
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