Pictured left to right, Brent Jonas, chairman of the Joint Area Business Council, Will Russell and Bill Jarrard gather after Jonas presented Jarrard, Nowell & Russell with the Charleston Metro Chamber’s Small Business of the Month award on August 23, 2006.

Charleston, S.C. – Local accounting and business advisory firm Jarrard, Nowell & Russell has been named Small Business of the Month by the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce and its Joint Area Business Council. Sponsored by the two groups, the award recognizes professional excellence, contributions to community-oriented projects and business expertise.

“It’s great to have our efforts to grow and broaden the firm recognized by leaders in the business community,” said Bill Jarrard, principal in Jarrard, Nowell & Russell. “We owe a great deal of thanks to our clients and the community for the growth we’ve experienced, and we’re honored to have received this recognition.”

At the presentation of the award, Jarrard, Nowell & Russell was recognized for its recent expansion of the firm’s services, resulting in growth of 44 percent over the previous year in the first quarter of 2006. As a monthly award recipient, the firm is automatically entered into the Small Business of the Year award given at the chamber’s annual meeting to be held in June.

Established in 1773, the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce is a membership organization serving as a catalyst to maximize the power of business, improve quality of life and advance the region’s economy.

Jarrard, Nowell & Russell, LLC, is a certified public accounting and business advisory firm based in Charleston, S.C., utilizing significant experience in corporate financial management and public accounting to serve clients in the Lowcountry and throughout South Carolina. Drawing on extensive, executive-level financial management experience with international Fortune 500 corporations, the firm counsels business and individual clients with a comprehensive and strategic approach, placing emphasis on long-range financial goals and business planning.