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Marietta Incubator for Innovative Small Businesses

Marietta Patch puts a spotlight on five small businesses, each honored this week by Cobb Chamber of Commerce among the county's Top 25.

Each week as part of this feature, Marietta Patch takes on a subject--usually timely--and provides a convenient (but not necessarily definitive) list so as to either compile things or to spark a bit of discussion.

This week is about small, innovative businesses, a matter of which Marietta has quite a few. So which ones to choose?

The Cobb Chamber of Commerce made this week's selection easy since the business association this week honored its Top 25 Small Businesses for 2011 at its First Monday breakfast. And it so happens that five of the businesses operate within Marietta city limits, making this list a great Top 5 list.

So in alphabetical order:

1. Aventis Systems. Aventis opened its doors in 2008 as the nation wallowed in the beginnings of a Great Recession. But the company mission to provide businesses with affordable server hardware equipment apparently came at the right time. The key: Refurbished equipment. Aventis began with Dell PowerEdge servers and then worked with the HP Proliant line. Since then the company has built a reputation based on quality backed by a three-year warranty on its products.

2. . First Landmark Bank opened in March 2008 as a state-chartered bank, working out of a small temporary space just south of Marietta Square. Today, the bank operates from its beautiful new corporate headquarters on North Marietta Parkway, a structure modeled after the old Cobb County Courthouse. The bank touts its mission for community-based banking a role Marietta Patch witnessed first hand when he sat next to Chief Financial Officer Terry DeWitt at a recent Chamber breakfast and DeWitt personally handled a client's bank deposit.

3. 524 Creative. You've seen their work and maybe didn't know about it as they handled advertising for the Taste of Marietta, the Marietta Pilgrimage and the Cobb Landmarks and Historical Society. But this boutique advertising and marketing agency operated by Scott and April Wright, has also handled clients ranging from Walt Disney World to Wyndham Hotels and Resorts and even Sam Olens' campaign for attorney general.

4. Status Blue. The chamber honored this vendor credentialling business, but it probably no longer qualifies since it was purchased two months ago by IntelliCentrics. But this Marietta business's work in ensuring that vendors to healthcare systems, academic medical centers and hospitals adhered to strict standards was a leader in that field.

5. Sundial Plumbing Services. A finalist in this year's competition, Sundial took the Small Business of the Year honors last year. Founded in 1999 by the father-daughter team of Jack and Mitzi Smith, this plumbing company provides residential and commercial services across North Metro Atlanta and is certified as an environmentally conscious plumbing company by Green Plumbers USA.

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