Aunt Laurie’s, founded by Laurie Brown, was awarded ‘small business of the year’ for 2018 by the Hilton Head-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce during its annual ball Saturday night. The company’s Lowcountry inspired gift baskets are assembled by people with disabilities who are learning skills through the job, according to a chamber press release.

“I believe life is a mission, not an intermission,” Brown said. “I followed my dreams and my passions to open Aunt Laurie’s.”

The company was started by Brown in 2015 following nearly 30 years in corporate leadership at General Motors and Volkswagen. Laurie is also a SCORE business mentor.