Dan Nanigian, president of Massachusetts-based NANMAC Corporation, has been named the U.S. Small Business Administration’s 2010 National Exporter of the Year according to an announcement made by Karen Mills, Director of the U.S. Small Business Administration.
After winning the state and regional awards, Nanigian’s information was sent for National competition where he was also named the National Small Business Exporter of the Year.
The Small Business Exporter of the Year Award is presented annually to an individual or individuals who own and operate a business engaged in exporting. Nominations are evaluated on several criteria, including: (1) Increased sales, profits and/or growth of employment because of exporting. (2) Creative overseas marketing strategies. (3) Effective solutions to export-related problems and (4) Voluntary assistance with other firms engaged in exporting.
Dan accepted the award during ceremonies in celebration of the National Small Business Week in Washington D.C. A guest of the White House, He spoke briefly to President Obama, acknowledging the President’s export initiative, and the commitment of NANMAC to help achieve the goal of a 50 percent increase in exports over the next five years. In accepting the award, Nanigian said, “I’m honored that NANMAC is being recognized for its performance, both in the quality of product and in our persistence to continually improve within our industry, and that which is manufacturing in the United States.”
Nanmac designs and manufactures temperature sensors and related products and services to automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, plastics, energy and electronics companies in the U.S. and thirty other countries. Learn more at http://www.nanmac.com.
Amy Frey’s international trade consulting business, ATC International, Inc., of Silver Spring, Md., began in 1991 with boomerangs. And her business has been booming ever since. Her dream of a career in international trade began as a child when her father would return from foreign trips with a gift of a doll dressed in native attire. But instead of dreaming of a doll house, Frey dreamed of a warehouse.
In college and graduate school Frey studied international business. After graduation, Frey was offered a job in Australia identifying companies to receive government grants and assistance for exporting.
As Frey was preparing to leave Australia in 1990, several companies impressed with her skills suggested she provide consulting services upon her return to the U.S.
That suggestion led Frey to start ATC International. The company began in a small bedroom with a fax machine. “The fax would ring in the middle of the night (which was the middle of the day in Australia) and I would lie awake wondering if I should get up and read it,” Frey said.
Although Frey had an educational background in business and professional experience in exporting, she knew that even the most successful entrepreneur needs assistance. In 2000, Frey turned to SBA’s resource partner SCORE—Counselors to America’s Small Business—for advice. Frey worked with Washington, D.C., chapter counselor Ann Dobbs, a former partner with a supermarket chain, who provided help with employee relations, legal issues, insurance and banking. “Being able to share my concerns and questions with Ann has been enormously valuable,” said Frey.
Frey’s success was recognized in 2004 when she was named the Exporter of the Year for the Washington metropolitan area by the U.S. Business Administration. Today, ATC offers U.S.-based warehousing and business management services that are designed specifically to make doing business in the U.S. easier domestically and internationally. ATC, which has warehouses on both the East and West Coast, distributes a wide variety of consumer products
While his peers are participating in sports, school plays and working at hourly jobs, Brian Hendricks is on the phone with clients and partners across the nation developing business plans and researching ways to make his businesses better. Brian is the founder of StartUpPc and VB Solutions, Inc.
StartUpPc is a located in Potomac, Md., and was founded in September 2001 to sell custom-built computers and computer services for home users, home office, small businesses and students. StartUpPc’s focus is providing performance systems and quality services with state-of-the-art Web sites with a unique solution toward custom-built PCs. Its services include design, installation of systems, training, networking and on-site support. It also provides a gear store where customers can purchase computer components and accessories at a discounted, wholesale price.
To assist his customers with the decision-making process, Brian developed a program called E-Builder, an electronic survey that determines the best computer solutions and recommendations for components, software, accessories, price, building and shipping time with an explanation for the selection.
In October 2002, Brian founded VB Solutions, Inc., which develops and customizes Web sites and message boards. VB Solutions, Inc. sets up advertising contracts and consults web site owners on site improvements. The company has designed corporate ID kits, logos and websites for clients from all over the globe.
Brian was taught at a very young age that working for yourself is one of the best jobs available. Brain defines a young entrepreneur as one having a distinct set of qualities entitled “The Five P’s of Entrepreneurship” - Planning, Persistence, Patience, People and Profit.
Brian knows what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur and has received several awards as proof, including Junior Achievement’s “National Youth Entrepreneur of the Year” and SBA’s “Young Entrepreneur of the Year.”
Brian is in charge of the Future Business Leaders of America Club at Winston Churchill High School in Potomac; the club provides a place to share his knowledge of business with peers and brainstorm ways to build up future businesses. Joseph Loddo of SBA’s Washington Metropolitan Area District Office stated “Mr. Hendricks has such a zeal for business and what greatness will follow...Carpe Diem, Seize the Day."