Two local businesses received an impressive distinction, being selected as the “Small Businesses of the Year” for 2018, at the Small Business Forum in Brenham today (Tuesday).

Bliss Candy Company won the award for the 1-25 employee range, while South Texas Tack received the award in the 26-100 category.  Washington County Chamber of Commerce president Page Michel congratulated each of the companies, saying both stood out for “their commitment to excellence and growth in their industries,” and for providing “amazing products and services.”

Chamber President Page Michel (left) with Bliss Candy Company owners Cynthia and Sammy Timpa and State Rep. Ben Leman (right). (Washington County Chamber of Commerce)

Bliss Candy Company, located on 2307 South Market Street, was founded in the fall of 2006 by Sammy and Cynthia Timpa.  Since locating their business in Brenham, the two have been involved in the community and support several clubs and organizations with fundraising. They are also active with the Washington County Rotary Club, Unity Theatre, Washington on the Brazos and Camp For All.  They are members of Retail Confectioners International, and they volunteer with Be An Angel in Houston, helping children with special needs and hearing impaired children.


Chamber President Page Michel (left) with South Texas Tack owners Steve and Nancy Martin and State Rep. Ben Leman (right). (Washington County Chamber of Commerce)

South Texas Tack, a western retail store on 4765 Highway 290 East, was founded in Brenham in 2003 by Steve Martin.  Opening as a tack and saddle store, the store expanded to include apparel in 2010, and added a catalog service in 2016.  In early 2018, they launched a new company, in order to service the roping community directly.  They have now broken ground on their latest expansion, which will include a restaurant and outdoor courtyard.  They are also sponsors of several local organizations and events, such as the Washington County Fair, the AQHA Youth World Cup, Junior Nationals Finals Rodeo, Stock Horses of Texas, American Stock Horse Association, Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo, and surrounding county fairs.

Awards were also presented to top businesses in the other two counties.  The two winners of the Burleson County Small Business of the Year awards were B&C Wine and Spirits and Slovacek’s Smokehouse.  The winners of the Navasota-Grimes County Small Business of the Year awards were Miller Insurance and Camp Allen.

The Small Business Forum was hosted by the Washington County Chamber, along with the Burleson County Chamber and Navasota-Grimes County Chamber.

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