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Smyth honors local company with award

SOS Entertainment recognized as Small Business of the Year for growth and community involvement

Posted: October 31, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: October 31, 2012 2:00 a.m.

Assemblyman Cameron Smyth, center, recognizes Derek Sage and his team at SOS Entertainment as the Small Business of the Year from the 38th District.

SOS Entertainment of Santa Clarita was recognized Tuesday as Small Business of the Year by Assemblyman Cameron Smyth, R-Santa Clarita.

The event planning, staging and entertainment company, located in the 38th Assembly district, was selected based on its success as well as involvement with the local community.

“The whole team at SOS Entertainment is super honored to receive the Small Business of the Year award from Assemblyman Cameron Smyth,” said owner Derek Sage. “We know what a great collection of companies he has in his district, and for us to be selected as his Business of the Year really means a lot to us. We’re very honored and appreciative of this recognition.”

The legislators hold an annual recognition event for the winners in Sacramento, but SOS Entertainment couldn’t make it this year to receive its award, Smyth said. So the Assemblyman visited the business personally to give the company its award.

“It’s great to honor small businesses for their efforts,” Smyth said. “We know how hard it is to operate and survive.”

SOS Entertainment tripled the size of its headquarters last December when it moved into a 6,700-square-foot warehouse with 10,000 square feet of yard space on Sierra Highway in Canyon Country.

The privately owned company was started 10 years ago by Sage when he was 18 years old. Today the company employs some 40 people — a combination of full-time, part-time and independent contractors.

Hosting hundreds of events annually, Sage said the company has grown every single year — in part by expanding into new markets throughout the state and opening local offices. SOS has also purchased smaller companies for the equipment they own.

The company’s mission statement, Sage said in an interview last year, is to “discover, progress and contribute” — it is always seeking new ways to increase and improve service to its clients.

While the assembly members select the winning businesses from their districts, Smyth said he wanted to choose a business that achieved more than just their company’s mission statement, but one that went above and beyond by becoming a part of the community.

SOS Entertainment clearly fell within those parameters based on its efforts over the last several years, he said. The company has stood out as a business that really does care about the community.

“They’ve not only survived but thrived,” Smyth said. “SOS presents a great business model for others to follow.”



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