The importance of small businesses, and the history of one of the CSRA's own, was the topic of the presentation Tuesday morning at the North Augusta Chamber of Commerce's Good Morning North Augusta breakfast.

Brad Usry, president of the Fat Man's Hospitality Group, talked about the history of his family's business, started by his parents, as well as his "six-pack for success."

Fat Man's Hospitality Group owns Fat Man's Mill Cafe, The Southern Salad, SnoCap Drive-In and Enterprise Mill Event Center.

Usry talked about the beginnings, names, and locations of Fat Man's and Fat Man's Forest his parents started.

Usry said small business is the backbone of any community.

"Without small business, a community has no character," he said.

"It loses all its character. If you think about it, if you were just a city of large businesses, big businesses, you didn't have the small, family-owned, locally owned businesses, your city would not have that special touch."

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Lindsey is the North Augusta reporter at the Aiken Standard and North Augusta Star. She graduated from the University of South Carolina in 2017, and grew up in Hodges, SC.