Toni D'Antonio of Shake the Tree Productions Honored As Norwalk’s Local Business Person Of The Year
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 Toni D'Antonio of Shake the Tree Productions, LLC, as Norwalk’s Business Person Of The 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 this year's 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
“Our community really shows that you get back what you give,” said D'Antonio. “The challenges we've faced over the past two years have showed how important it is to offer support to our peers, who were all too often struggling to keep their businesses afloat. While I’m so excited to be chosen for this award, it says more about our community as a whole. It also reinforces my desire to push toward a full recovery for all of us here in Norwalk as soon as possible.”
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.”