HOUSTON, Feb. 17, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The largest online referral network for small businesses, Alignable.com is announcing the results of its national search for leaders who’ve gone above and beyond guiding peers and supporting entire communities as they strive to recover.
Today, Alignable’s network has chosen Tochukwu Mbiamnozie of TucciPolo Inc., as Houston’s 2022 Business Person Of The Year!
The 2022 contest is the most popular competition Alignable has ever hosted, marking a 64% increase in participation over last year. In all, 2,400+ small business owners were elected by their peers to be their Local Business People Of The Year across the U.S. and Canada.
During the contest, which ran from Jan. 10 to Feb. 11, 2022, 160,000+ votes and 32,000+ testimonials were posted praising thousands of local leaders for helping their peers and communities through a turbulent year with many challenges: skyrocketing inflation, labor shortages, supply chain problems, and COVID variants.
Because of these issues, 70% of small businesses have yet to recover and recovery rates have declined 13% since December, according to Alignable’s latest poll of 6,305 small business owners. This recovery reversal highlights how important it is for the contest winners to continue their work helping even more businesses bounce back from pandemic-era hurdles.
Giving Is The Glue Holding Us Together
"In our tight-knit community, you almost always get back what you give," said Mbiamnozie. "And the challenges we’ve all encountered have compelled many of us to offer counsel and other support to peers struggling to keep their businesses afloat. While I’m thrilled to receive this award, it’s really a testament to our entire community. And it reinforces my resolve to push toward a full recovery for everyone here in Houston by the end of 2022, if not earlier."
Mbiamnozie received a special badge on his Alignable profile, recognizing this big win. In past years, the awareness generated through similar contests has spurred expanded connections, as well as new business for many winners.
Driving Recognition Is Key
"This has been a fun and rewarding contest to watch unfold," said Alignable’s President & Co-Founder Venkat Krishnamurthy. "Local business owners are the heart and soul of their communities, and they ought to get way more recognition for all they do. Friendly competition aside, this contest generated some incredible peer testimonials (to the tune of 32,000+), showing exactly why small business owners are stronger together."
To arrange interviews with Tochukwu Mbiamnozie and/or an Alignable representative, please contact Chuck Casto at
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Award-winning lifestyle luxury brand TucciPolo Inc. was founded in 2015 by Tochukwu Mbiamnozie. The independent fashion brand’s handcrafted Italian leather shoes and boots deliver ready-to-wear luxury and feature more than unique 30 designs. TucciPolo shares a unique vision – providing luxury lifestyle items for those who appreciate the finer things in life – inspired by a truly international vision and inspirational personal story. Mbiamnozie has founded three U.S.-based fashion brands. Now headquartered in Texas, TucciPolo continues to push the envelope in lifestyle luxury, bringing high-quality items from around the world directly to your doorstep. To learn more about TucciPolo visit www.tuccipolo.com
Alignable.com is the largest online referral network for small businesses in the U.S. and Canada. With 7 million+ members across 35,000+ local communities, Alignable is the network where small business owners drive leads and prospects, generate referrals, land new business, build trusted relationships, and share great advice.