Accident, MD (PRWEB) March 11, 2012
FireFly Farms (http://www.fireflyfarms.com), producer of artisan goat cheeses from Maryland’s Allegheny Plateau, received the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Blue Ribbon Small Business Award. Seventy-five companies across the country were named winners on March 1, 2012.
“These award winners embody the spirit of American free enterprise,” said Tom Donohue, U.S. Chamber president and CEO. “More important than profits, their successes have provided much-needed jobs and hope to the people in their communities.”
The awards program, sponsored by Sam’s Club®, honors companies that demonstrate excellent business practices in several areas, including strategy, employee development, community involvement, and customer service.
“FireFly Farm’s success is directly due to the talents and diversity of its staff and its local farming partners,” commented Mike Koch, FireFly Farms president and co-founder. “We are so very honored to be recognized by our community and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce through this award. All of us are committed to strengthening our local economy, sustainable agriculture, and the local food movement – especially local artisan goat cheeses!”
“I have watched FireFly Farms grow to be the great success it is today. The Chamber is proud to have nominated them for this award because they demonstrate what a small group of dedicated individuals working together to improve the conditions of the local community can accomplish. They are the embodiment of entrepreneurship,” expressed Nicole Christian, Garrett County Chamber of Commerce president and CEO.
Mark Guenther, Executive Director of the Capital Area Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce added, "We are very proud of the accomplishments of Firefly Farms and cannot think of a more deserving company for the U.S. Chamber's Blue Ribbon award. Firefly embodies the spirit of dreaming big, following a passion and working hard to achieve goals. We'd also like to commend the U.S. Chamber for recognizing an openly LGBT owned and operated company for this award."
It is hard to ignore the positive energy buzzing around FireFly Farms lately; in January of this year, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin visited the new FireFly Farms Creamery & Market facility to voice his support. A member of the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, Cardin said this about the impetus behind his visit, “FireFly Farms is an example of how an innovative, creative business can create job opportunities for local residents. We have lived through a serious economic downturn, but small businesses like FireFly Farms are the economic engine that will drive our recovery.”
FireFly Farms is a proud member of the Garrett County, Maryland, Chamber of Commerce and the National Capital Area Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce.
About FireFly Farms:
FireFly Farms offers nationally and internationally award-winning premium goat cheese that features the distinct regional flavors of Mountain Maryland’s Allegheny Plateau. Each cheese is artfully handcrafted and aged with precise detail; each offers distinguished flavor, exceptional texture, noteworthy composition, and unprecedented aesthetics. The cheese of FireFly Farms is produced using agriculturally sustainable, locally sourced fresh goat’s milk and time‐honored, traditional methods of goat cheese making. FireFly Farms opened its new Creamery & Market to the public in October 2011.