JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - With the winning announcement, Turf Masters owners Steve and Gloria Jordan accepted their award before a cheering crowd. The business supplies everything having to do with the outdoors, from lawn work to landscaping to yard art.
Founded in 2000, Turf Masters now employees 43 people. That's where the credit begins for Steve.
"We have unbelievable employees that work hard every single day. We put a plan in place. God had a plan for us, and we're still on that journey, and it's just been a blessing," Steve explained.
What is the secret to success?
"The key is doing what you say you're going to do, when you say you're going to do it and doing the right thing. That's our motto."
One of the 43 employees is office manager Courtney Green. For her, this job is a dream come true, and the bosses aren't bad either.
"They are great people. They are very caring, giving people. They give back to the community. I just love working for them. I can't imagine myself anywhere else," Green said.
That's a feeling shared from the top down for Gloria.
"We talk with each other. We went to the Shuckers game this past Saturday night. We got rained out, but we all get along really well," said Gloria.
In today's small business climate, it's actually very popular to say everything is just like family. In the case of the Jordans and Turf Master, it's actually very true.
"I have two sons that after they graduated from college, both came back to work for me," Steve recalled. "We are truly a family owned business, and while it can be a challenge, it's also a blessing."
Members of the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce feel blessed to have the Jordans in town.
The Jordans give back to the community as well. Every Christmas, they sponsor a toy drive and giveaway for underprivileged children in Jackson County, among many other things.