Dr. Marc Cromie and other physicians at Chattanooga Allergy Clinic say they've fought personal battles with allergies and asthma, so they know the suffering their clients have gone through.

"That's why we got into this," he said. "We all have personal suffering, but love for what we do."

The clinic was one of four entities which garnered small business awards Wednesday from the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce. Office Furniture Warehouse, Southtree, and The Trust for Public Land also were cited for their industry success and community impact.

The clinic, which won in the largest employee category, has grown from five workers and one office to nearly 60 staffers and five locations in the past decade or so. It has three Chattanooga sites and one each in Fort Oglethorpe and Cleveland, Tenn., where it recently doubled its footprint.

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