The U.S. Small Business Administration has chosen winners for the 2014 “Small Business Person of the Year” in the 50 states, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam.
Every year the SBA chooses its Small Business Person of the Year in each state and territory. The awards recognize business owners and key executives in small businesses for their outstanding achievements and successes in their businesses and also their contributions to the nation. SBA Assistant Administrator Fred Baldassaro told the winners:
“Your hard work, innovative ideas, and dedication to your community have helped you succeed. The SBA is pleased to recognize your achievements and your role in driving our nation’s economic growth.”
This year’s winners will be honored in Washington during National Small Business Week, on May 15-16, 2014. A national-level Small Business Person of the Year winner will also be announced at that time.
Every year since 1963 the President has proclaimed a week as “National Small Business Week” and President Obama is expected to issue a similar proclamation.
This year’s winners include owners of technology companies, a tattoo business, construction businesses, consulting companies, and a brewery. Here is a list of the 2014 winners — if you know any of them, be sure to congratulate them:
Harvey Nix – Proventix Systems, Inc.
Ginna Baldiviez and John Baldiviez – House of Bread, Anchorage
Cynthia Miracle Reed – MIRACORP
John Michael Gueringer and Paul Arthur Reesnes – Custom Aircraft Cabinets, Inc.
Ricardo Robles, Pablo “Rene” Robles and Jacqueline Robles – Anita’s Mexican Food Corp.
Jan Erickson – Janska LLC
Max Kothari and Parag Mehta – Express Countertops, Kitchen & Flooring LLC
Marian R. Young and Mark A. Lannan – BrightFields, Inc.
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
LaKeshia Grant – Virtual Enterprise Architects
Amir A. Varshovi – Green Technologies LLC
Jusak Yan Bernhard and Jeffrey Allen Manley – TailsSpin
Thomas Shieh, MD – Dr. Shieh’s Clinic
Dave Erdman – PacRim Marketing Group, Inc. & PR TechLLC
Gary B. Multanen, Susan A. Multanen, Megan L. Multanen and Jay M. Multanen – Best Bath Systems, Inc.
Elizabeth Colon – Metaphrasis Language & Cultural Solutions LLC
Mike Suth – Hoosier Spring Company, Inc.
Mary Connell – Air Control, Inc.
Alex Harb – Ribbit Computers LLC
Tommy Ray Cornett – Bleed Blue Tattoo & Piercing, Inc.
Keith A. DuRousseau – Keiland Construction LLC
Alan Spear and MaryAllen Lindeman – Coffee By Design
Stephanie Novak Hau – Chesapeake Environmental Management, Inc.
Valerie Bono, Maria Malloy, Eric Bresciani and Edwin Bresciani – Golden Cannoli
Michael O. Nevins – Full Spectrum Solutions, Inc.
Scott H. Warzecha – Netgain Technology, Inc.
Bhupender “Bruce” Ramesh Patel – Fusion Hospitality
Nilson Goes, Ph.D. – Infinite Energy Construction, Inc.
W. Randall Hafer and Janna Sue Hafer – High Plains Architects
Douglas Garwood and Scott Garwood – Garwood Enterprises, Inc. Dba Cardinal Farms
Jarrod Lopiccolo, Season Lopiccolo and Michael Thomas – Noble Studios
Chris Licata – Blake’s All Natural Foods
Kiran K. Gill – PARS Environmental, Inc.
Michelle (Shelly) Herbst – Marron and Associates, Inc.
Michael Allen – Z-Axis, Inc.
Andrew Kratz and Joel Graybeal – Triangle Rock Club
Dean Atchison – Spectrum Aeromed
Michelle Therese Kerr – Oxford Consulting Group
William Larry Mocha – APSCO, Inc.
William Charles Taylor and Brook Ann Harvey-Taylor – Pacifica
Michael Cherock – AE Works
Eniel Torres-Ojeda – Productos La Finca, Inc.
Lisa Mattiello – Pranzi Catering & Events
Nancy Porter Ogburn – Tomato Palms LLC
Ryan McFarland – Strider Sports International, Inc.
Tracy Solomon – Tevet LLC
Gregory R. Hudson – Genesis Concepts & Consultants
Sandeep Sharma – Global Consulting International, Inc.
William Cherry and Jeffrey Neiblum – Switchback Brewing Company
Kevin L. Knight – Knight Solutions
Fred Schule and Paul Clark – Cobalt Enterprises, Inc.
Kenneth H. Allman II – Practice Link Ltd. & MountainPlex Properties
Thomas Jagemann and Ralph Hardt – Jagemann Stamping Company
Jennifer C. Merrill – Merrill, Inc.
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Congratulations to all the winners! It’s great to see them getting recognized for their efforts.
Well its a great initiative by SBA to recognize those people who have done well in their business scenario & have also helped many people to get employment, at the same time also benefitted country from revenue benefit point of view to. I too believe that recognition needs to be given to promote & motive young entrepreneurs to rise & shine.
I am glad to see that some food companies made the list. It seems like the food industry is still okay despite the recession. They said that it will be the first to crumble down. But I guess the people who I have talked to are mistaken.
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