Named Woman Or Minority Owned Outstanding Business Of The Year

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL (1888PressRelease) July 06, 2010 – Wednesday night at the St. Petersburg Area Chamber Outstanding Business of the Year Awards Ceremony, Sun Country Cleaners was named “Woman or Minority Owned and Operated Business of the Year.” Owners and sisters Susan and Barbara McCarthy accepted the award in front of a sold out crowd at the Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront.

“We are thrilled to receive the St. Petersburg Chamber Business of the Year Award and to be here representing our industry,” said Barbara McCarthy. “Our team is tremendous and is the number one reason that we can continue to grow even in today’s economy; a group of ordinary people successfully working together in both business and life.”

Additionally, Sun Country Cleaners was also named a runner up for “Business of the Year with 101 or More Employees.”

This award is yet another accolade the sisters can add to a successful year at Sun Country Cleaners. In March of 2010, they were honored as the winners of the North American Enterprising Women of the Year award given by the Enterprising Women Association. In April, they announced the purchase of seven more stores, increasing their total enterprise to 28 stores in Pinellas County.

Credit must be given to those who have helped to educate them professionally, they say.

“Whatever the outcome, we won the game by being involved with ActionCOACH Pinellas,” said Susan McCarthy.

Last year, the McCarthys decided to enlist the help of ActionCOACH Pinellas, the World’s Number One Business Coaching Firm. Coaching has helped them to identify the key systems that need to be documented and implemented to improve the company’s performance and service to customers.

“We are truly blessed to have met John Lankford, Ford Kyes and Barb Kyes with ActionCOACH-Pinellas,” said Barbara McCarthy. “ActionCOACH gave us the tools we needed to not only embrace our goals we set long ago, but to fast-forward our journey towards achieving them.”

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About Sun Country Cleaners Owned and operated by sisters Susan and Barbara McCarthy, Sun Country Cleaners has been earning the trust and respect of customers for 30 years. Nationally and locally recognized for its growth and business performance outcomes, the company prides itself on a collection of customer-centric services. The company is highly involved in the communities it serves, conducting fundraisers several times a year and volunteering time on behalf of several different charities. Susan and Barbara are passionate about promoting non-profit organizations, such as PARC and PACE Center for Girls.

About ActionCOACH Pinellas Relying on proven tactics and existing strategies to maximize individual potential, ActionCOACH relies on a multifaceted framework for efficiency and profit by fusing powerful marketing, business and team building strategies that can result in dramatic improvements in revenue. The diverse team of certified business coaches at ActionCOACH Pinellas has been in mentoring and leadership positions for over a combined 55 years. The Pinellas Firm founders, Ford and Barb Kyes, have always been passionate about serving their community through their careers in health care and volunteer leadership work in numerous non-profit, civic and professional organizations.

Since January, 2010, the ActionCOACH team has earned several new awards and recognitions: Barb Kyes — ActionCOACH “Top 100 Coaches” nationwide (#75); Finalist, St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce “Business Woman of the Year” award. Ford Kyes — ActionCOACH “Top 10 Firms” nationwide (#6). John Lankford — 2009 Winner of ActionCOACH North American Associate Coach of the Year; 2009 Winner of ActionCOACH Abundance Coach of the Year; ActionCOACH “Top 100 Coaches” nationwide (#27); Vice Chair, ExecutiveCOACH program