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JOA Marine earns national small-business award
JOA Marine has been selected for the 2009 Best of Business Award in the motor boat dealers category by the Small Business Commerce Association.

The SBCA, based in San Francisco, recognizes the top 5 percent of small businesses nationwide. A selection committee reviews customer feedback, consumer rankings and other criteria to select the award winners.

JOA Marine is based in Marietta and operates a location for new and used boats at Holiday Marina on Lake Lanier.

Landscape services earns awards from industry peers
New Leaf Landscape Services of Gainesville has received four Professional Landscape awards from the Metropolitan Atlanta Landscape and Turf Association, including a Grand Award for the maintenance of the company's landscape installation at the mountain home of Norm and Angie Moye in Dahlonega.

The company also was recognized with Awards of Distinction for its landscape maintenance at Lakewood Baptist Church and the Jim Syfan residence and an Award of Merit for its landscape installation at the Dan Winston residence.

"It is quite an honor to receive a grand award, plus receiving awards for our other projects speaks well of our staff," said Steve Murray, president and founder of New Leaf Landscape. "Being judged by our peers and winning recognition each year that we have entered the MALTA awards reinforces the quality and professionalism that New Leaf has built its reputation on."

The company, founded in 1989, offers design, installation and maintenance landscaping for residential and commercial customers in the Northeast Georgia region.

MALTA promotes professionalism, adherence to industry standards and education. Its 2009 awards included 63 entries in 12 categories. MALTA members submitted photographs and project descriptions which were judged by a panel of industry experts. Photos of past award entries can be viewed at MALTA's Web site.

For more information about New Leaf Landscape Services, visit the company's Web site or call 678-450-6599.