America’s SBDC is excited to announce that the Louisiana SBDC center at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, Louisiana, and six SBDC clients from around the country, will be acknowledged and awarded at this year’s National Small Business Week. National Small Business Week honors America’s 28 million small businesses and their entrepreneurial, innovative and resilient spirit that serves as the backbone of the American economy.
“This year’s winners are dynamic trailblazers in their respective small business fields, contributing to their local economies and providing good jobs in their communities. It is an honor to celebrate their hard work and success,” said Maria Contreras-Sweet, the head of the U.S. Small Business Administration.
“Small Business Development Centers don’t just help entrepreneurs and growing businesses — they help create success, they help people realize their dreams. SBDC impact can be seen in the number of businesses starting and growing and creating jobs all across America. National recognition of our clients’ success is just the icing on the cake. At America’s SBDC we are proud to represent a national network that does such great work, and especially proud of all the winners and finalists,” said Charles “Tee” Rowe, America’s SBDC President & CEO.
The national winners & finalists listed below will be invited to a recognition ceremony at the White House on May 8th.
2015 Small Business Development Center Winner
Louisiana Small Business Development Center at Southeastern Louisiana University
2015 Phoenix Award for Outstanding Small Business Disaster Recovery
Moriches Inlet Marine, Inc., Conrad Kreuter, President, New York
2015 Exporter of the Year
Sawyer MFG Company, Dave Hembry, Vice President, Oklahoma
First State Manufacturing, Eliseo Valenzuela, Owner/CEO, and Sher Valenzuela, Vice President/Co-Owner, Delaware
2015 Small Business Person of the Year Finalists
• Carol M. Craig, Florida
• Richard Jackson, American Document Services, LLC, New Mexico
• Brett Bain/Brian Edwards, Joint Owners, Fair Wind, LLC, Oklahoma
The state and regional winners have been or will be honored in their states.
2015 NSBW Awards (National, State & Regional)
|Alaska SBDC||- Small Business Person of the Year: TSS Safety
|Arizona SBDC||- Master Success Award Winner: Arizona Log and Timberworks
- Small Business Success Awards: Tomcat Electric; Supply29; Perales Consulting Group; Ted’s Marine Supply; Noah’s Ark Animal Clinic; Delivery IT; Pinnacle Transplant Technologies; MaxQ Technology; Frozen Yogurt Island; Greentoes; Vetraplex.
- Minority-Owned Small Business of the Year: LLisa Odle, President, Odle Management Group
- Financial Services Champion of the Year: Matthew Mapes, VP and SBA Commercial Banker at Arizona Business Bank
- Small Business Development Center Excellence: Region IX Small Business Development Center of Arizona
|Delaware SBDC||- Small Business Person of the Year: Joseph B. Winemiller, owner of Greenleaf Services, Inc. in Wilmington, Delaware
- Small Business Exporter of the Year: Robert A. Rider, President and CEO of O.A. Newton in Bridgeville, Delaware
- Regional Exporter of the Year, Veteran Owned Business of the Year: Don Chupp, President of Fireside Partners in Dover and New Castle, Delaware
- Young Entrepreneur of the Year: Garrett Grier, Managing Member of Milford Car Wash and Seaford Car Wash, t/a Duck In Car Wash
- Small Business Champion of the Year: Juanita Beauford, Director of Delaware PTAC (Delaware PTAC is hosted by Delaware SBDC)
- 8(a) Graduate: Eliseo Valenzuela, First State Mfg.
|Florida SBDC||- Small Business Person of the Year National Finalist, State of Florida, and South Florida District Winner: Carol Craig, Craig Technologies, Cape Canaveral
- Small Business Person of the Year North Florida District Winner: Sandra Saft, S.Saft and Company, dba Window Interiors, Altamonte Springs
- Small Business Exporter of the Year Southeast Region (IV), State of Florida, and North Florida District Winner: Douglas Worswick, Certified Slings, Casselberry
- Veteran-Owned Small Business Person of the Year North Florida District Winner: Jeff Rawls, Synergy Fabrications, Palatka
- Woman-Owned Small Business Person of the Year North Florida District Winner: Margarita U. Howard, HX5, Fort Walton Beach
- Minority-Owned Small Business Person of the Year State of Florida and North Florida District Winner: Printella Bankhead, EBS Security, Inc., Jacksonville
- Financial Advocate of the Year State of Florida and North Florida District Winner: David Marovich, Vice President of Business, 121 Financial Credit Union, Jacksonville
|Georgia SBDC||- Small Business of the Year: Scott Soesbee, FlameOFF Coatings, Inc.|
|Illinois SBDC||- Small Business Person of the Year: John Griffin, AGB Investigative Services Inc.
- 8(a) Business of the Year: David Rambhajan, INDUSTRIA Inc.
- Family Owned Business of the Year: Stepanie Hickman, Trice Construction
|Iowa SBDC||- Small Business Person of the Year: Deb Davis, Sister's Home Style|
|Louisiana SBDC||- Minority Business Champion: Kasie Jones Coleman, Sugarbelle, LLC - Baton Rouge LSBDC at Southern University
- Veteran Small Business Champion: Troy Downs, Downs Enterprises, LLC - Bastrop LSBDC at University of Louisiana Monroe
- Women in Business Champion: Kristen Preau-Moore, Cook Me Something Mister - New Orleans
LSBDC Greater New Orleans and Bayou Region
- Service Excellence and Innovation Center Award: William Joubert, LSBDC at Southeastern Louisiana University - Hammond
|Maine SBDC||- Small Business Person of the Year: Heidi V. Neal, Loyal Biscuit Co.|
|Massachusetts SBDC||- Small Business of the Year: Snap Chef
- Exporter of the Year: EmsealJoint Systems Ltd. (Region 1) Jeffry Butland
- Family Owned Business: PTS Truck-Trailer
- Minority Small Business Owner of the Year: Ace Medical Services inc.
- Women Small Business Owner of the Year: H&S Environmental Inc.
- Microenterprise Business Of the Year: BioSurface Inc.
- Small Business Service Center Excellence Award: MSBDC Berkshire Regional Office (Region 1)
|Montana SBDC||- Small Business Person of the Year (Small - with fewer than 11 employees): Rich Naylor, My Handyman Service & Construction, Inc., Billings
- Small Business Person (Medium - with 11-50 employees): Shalon Hastings, Hub Coffee and Taco del Sol, Helena
- Small Business Person (Large - with over 50 employees): Debora Poteet, Poteet Construction, Missoula
- Exporter: Logan Freeney and Trapper Clark, ALCOM, Bonner
- Women Entrepreneurs: Karyn Bonderud and Sari Feenstra, Eskay Bridal, Bozeman
- Woman-Owned Small Business: Haley Vannatta, Yellowstone Valley Women’s Magazine, Billings
- Encore Entrepreneur: John Armstrong, Q’s Art Shop and Gallery 15 North, Billings
- Veteran Small Business: Bryan & Kari Schultz, Roughstock Distillery, Inc., Bozeman
- Millennial Entrepreneur: Jordan Husted, Edward Jones, Great Falls
|Nebraska BDC||- Small Business of the Year: Scott Mueller, Samson LLC|
|New Mexico SBDC||- Small Business Person of the Year Finalist: Richard Jackson, American Document Services|
|New York State SBDC||- Phoenix Award for Outstanding Small Business Disaster Recovery: Moriches Inlet Marine, Inc., Conrad Kreuter, President|
|Oklahoma SBDC||- Small Business Person of the Year Finalist: Brett Bain/Brian Edwards, Joint Owners, Fair Wind, LLC
- Exporter of the Year: Sawyer MFG Company, Dave Hembry, Vice President
|Oregon SBDC||- SBDC Award for Excellence: Kevin Leahy, Clatsop CC SBDC
- Small Business Spirit Award: Nancy Fedelem, Salt’s Dog & Cat Shop
- Family-Owned Business of the Year: Nathan Marks, Mark’s Brothers Inc.
- Small Business Person of the Year: Robert Powell, FAB-TECH Mfg.
|Pacific Islands SBDC||- Small Business Person of the Year Winners: Francis Kenney and Timothy Murphy, Co-Owners, Jamaico Inc., Jamaican Grill
- Home Based Champion of the Year: Michelle Janean Pier, Creative Indeed
|Pennsylvania SBDC||- Entrepreneur of the Year: Sidney Jake Huffmyer, 3E studios, Pittsburgh, PA
- Exporter of the Year: Dr. Jash Sharma, CIMA Life Sciences Inc., Pittsburgh, PA
- Small Business Person of the Year: James and Colleen Small, The UPS Store #5642 & #6512, State College, PA & Altoona, PA
- Family-Owned Small Business of the Year: Joseph A. Talluto, President; Joseph F. Talluto, Vice President, Talluto's Authentic Italian Food, Inc.
- Small Business Person of the Year: Joseph G. Zidik, President and CEO, Custom Milling & Consulting, Inc. (CMC)
|Puerto Rico SBTDC||- Family-Owned Business: J.J.J. Ranch, Inc.
- Small Business Person of the Year: Mr. Frank Medina, President & CEO of Vitanatura
|South Dakota SBDC||- Small Business Person of the Year: Sean Coffman, CarsforSale.com
- Veteran-Owned Small Business of the Year: Sky Zone
- Woman-Owned Small Business of the Year: Behavior Care Specialists, Inc.
- Small Business Exporter of the Year: C-Needs, Inc.
|Vermont SBDC||- Small Business Person of the Year: Monica Greene, Vermont Precision Tools
- Young Entrepreneur of the Year: Allison Wright, OWL Food
|Washington SBDC||- Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award: KuKuRuZa Popcorn|
|West Virginia SBDC||- National Prime Contractor of the Year: Jon Hammock – KeyLogic Systems Inc., Morgantown
- Small Business Person of the Year: Jeannette L. King, Strategic Resolution Experts Inc., Martinsburg
- Family-Owned Small Business of the Year: Rocco Muriale, Muriale's Restaurant, Fairmont
- Entrepreneurial Success: Justin Seibert, Direct Online Marketing, Wheeling
- Financial Champion of the Year: Jason William Shepherd, Peoples Bank, Huntington Branch, Huntington
- Minority Small Business Champion of the Year: Sandra Moss, Black Business Association Supporting Entrepreneurs, Saint Albans
- Veteran Small Business Champion of the Year: Marsha Hopkins, Excalibur Services LLC, Scott Depot
- Women in Business Champion of the Year: Terri Cutright, formerly of Main Street Morgantown, Morgantown
- Community Bank of the Year: MVB Bank
- Lender of the Year: Huntington National Bank
|Wyoming SBDC||- Small Business Person of the Year: Trihydro, represented by Jack Bedessem, Keith Marcott & Craig Carlson, Laramie
- Spirit of Wyoming: FitNFlash, LLC, Katrina Lorenzen, Casper
- Excellence and Innovation Award: Market Research Center of the SBDC, MRC
* State & Regional SBDC winner info has been provided by each state/region’s lead center. If your state/region info is missing from this list please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About America’s SBDC and Small Business Development Centers: America’s SBDC represents the Nation’s 63 Small Business Development Centers, a national network of partnerships uniting higher education, state and local nonprofit economic development organizations, private enterprise and government. It is the Small Business Administration’s largest partnership program, providing management and technical assistance to help Americans start, run and grow their own businesses. Learn more at www.americassbdc.org. Find your local SBDC today!