Judy Randle, owner of Central Monitoring, has been named the Small Business Administration’s 2012 Women in Business Champion of the Year, for Georgia and SBA’s Southeast Region IV, which includes eight southern states.
ALBANY, Ga. — Judy Randle, owner and president of Central Monitoring, Inc., has been named Small Business Administration’s 2012 Women in Business Champion of the Year, not only for Georgia but for SBA’s Southeast Region IV.
The award is intended to recognized outstanding commitment to the advancement of women’s business ownership, according to Debbie Finney, director of the University of Georgia Small Business Development Center in Albany, who nominated Randle for the award.
A statement from SBA officials cited Randle for her “commitment and countless hours of support to help women in business, legislative action designed to help small business, and her volunteer efforts to assist women business owners within the community.”
Randle was presented the award during a luncheon in Atlanta Wednesday to recognize business leadership during Georgia’s Small Business Week.
“We knew we’d sent the packet,” Finney said, “but we didn’t know she’d won the regional title until we were at the luncheon. That surprised both of us. It’s a huge deal, to be a business owner and win over an eight state area.”
Finney was pleased that most of the Georgia SBA awards went to business owners in the southern part of the state, including Albany, Columbus, Savannah and Macon.
“There are a lot of interesting businesses in south Georgia and not many people know about them,” Finney said.
A graduate of the University of Georgia, Randle established a telephone answering service in 1984 which would evolve to Central Monitoring, Inc., a company she has since grown from three employees and 300 accounts to 30 employees and 12,000 clients in 14 states.
Randle has served on the Georgia Small Business Development Center Advisory Board and is a current member and past president of the Dougherty County Rotary and Women in Network, a local organization of women who support each other in their careers.
“Obviously I couldn’t have won this without the support of my office,” Randle said. “My staff is always there, working and doing a good job and that allows me the freedom to go out and do community service, charity work and Chamber of Commerce work to promote our community. My previous mentors were important in showing me the importance of mentoring other young women in business.”