On Jan. 13, the Greater Anna Chamber of Commerce hosted a unique ribbon cutting ceremony, a regular event performed to welcome new businesses to the community. However, the Saturday event was a little bit different as three businesses were welcomed into the fold.

The GACC welcomed Anna Smile Dental Center, the Anna Business Center and Liberty Tax Services. Executive Director Kevin Hall said this unique event was due to timing.

“[Anna Business Center Owner] Sri Talluri built the building where Anna Smile Dental Center and Anna Business Center are,” Hall said. “He leases out the spaces in the building to Liberty Tax Services, and his wife, Dr. Pavani Inapuri DMD, runs the Dental Center. With White Street being complete in their area and all three businesses opening, it worked best to combine them.”

Talluri said the Anna Business Center is ‘A place to start, grow and prosper in your business.’ “This is a new facility that has recently opened in Anna,” Talluri said, “offering business suites for small businesses with all the common facilities.”

Talluri said there are a few people to thank who were parts of the process. “We want to thank Maurice Schwanke [City Planning Director] and Kevin Hall for holding our hand in every step of the way to make this place great,” he said. “We are honored to have City of Anna Mayor Mr. Nate Pike and cutting the ribbon for Anna Business Center.”

Dr. Pavani Inapuri DMD said Anna Smiles Dental said that even though the business has not been in Anna long, she is glad to put her business roots in the community. “Anna Smiles Dental Center started over a year ago, and we are glad to be part of the great Anna community, providing affordable quality dental care to every patient in a convenient, friendly and truly caring environment,” she said.

Pavani said the business motto is “Anna Smiles Dental Center — healthy teeth and happy smiles with gentle care,” and she joined the GACC for networking and support. “We joined Greater Anna Chamber to get introduced to the great Anna community, but Kevin Hall and his team went beyond our expectations, guided and helped us from day one in many ways, made Anna Smiles into Anna Happy Smiles with great support from entire Anna Community,” she said.

Jody Bills of Liberty Tax Services said they joined the GACC to be introduced to the community. “This is our first year in business,” Bills said. “We joined the chamber because we live in Anna and we want to be a part of the Anna community and the chamber is another way to do that.”

Bills said he is excited to see what the future holds. “We are so excited to be a part of the Anna community as it grows,” she said. “We can’t wait to provide our services to the community of Anna and surrounding areas.