Candour’s Principal and Creative Director, Holly Clark was honored for her outstanding contributions to the community by the Ocala/Marion County Chamber of Commerce.

Selected from a pool of 18 nominees, Clark was named the New Business Person-of-the-Year in the Chamber’s Stars Over Ocala Business Recognition Awards. She was part of a group honored at the 121st Annual Dinner and Meeting of the Corporation.

The New Business Person-of-the-Year award is given to an individual who has successfully brought a unique product or service to Ocala within the last five years. While the success of the company is considered vital by the Chamber, its primary selection criteria are the overall contributions the individual has made to the community and its economic development.

Clark’s business, Candour, is a strategic branding and design firm based in Ocala. She runs it with business partner, Kristin Goza. The firm specializes in the development of high-end communication solutions for small businesses and Fortune 500 companies.

Candour has been considered a creative hub of talent from its inception in September 2008, and is one of the few “full-service” studios in the area. With a client base ranging from Ocala, and throughout Florida, to every time zone in the U.S., plus international clients in Thailand and Cambodia, Candour is quickly becoming a premier branding studio in the region.

Nominees for New Business Person-of-the-Year are chosen on their success in four categories: economic impact, community involvement, best workplace practices, and innovation.

“It is our hope that our international and Fortune 500 client base will bring attention to the Central Florida creative scene, as well as attract more local work,” Clark said. “Candour’s economic impact on Ocala will directly have a positive impact on local businesses while increasing future business opportunities for other Ocala entrepreneurs.”

Founded on a strong sense of community involvement, Candour provides volunteer efforts beyond business and professional responsibility, and donates time and dollars back into the growth and development of the community. This is primarily evident in Candour’s efforts to donate nearly $30,000 of branding and design services to a selected non-profit client each year, and to provide design sponsorships to events and organizations whose mission and vision align with its own.

Of all of the categories, Clark says Candour shines the brightest when it comes to innovation. “We pride ourselves on our conceptual and strategic ‘out-of-box’ thinking and solutions for local, national, and international clients who are looking for award-winning work,” Clark said. “Our job is creativity and how we can solve problems with innovative solutions for our clients. It’s what we do, who we are, and what we put back into our community on a daily basis.”