DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — As part of Small Business Week in the Circle City, the Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce announced its ‘Small Business Owner of the Year” during Tuesday’s annual luncheon.

Katie Eubanks, owner of the restaurants Barberitos on West Main Street and Cheeburger Cheeburger in north Dothan’s Pavilion, was honored with the award for 2022.

Eubanks bought the Southwestern Grille and Cantina in November of 2017 and took over Cheeburger Cheeburger at the end of 2019. Eubanks tells WDHN she is honored to be able to serve the Wiregrass community.

“When the doors are closed, those small business owners are still working,” Eubanks said. “The pressure that goes into keeping the doors open, especially going through the past two years that we have gone through with COVID.”

Eubanks shared this advice for people looking to start a small business of their own in the Circle City: reach out to the Dothan chamber. She said the chamber’s resources are what helped her kick off her two businesses.

Anita Dawkins with Community 1st Real Estate and Josh Steltenpohl with Marketing Services were also finalists.