BOSTON – USA Couriers Inc., of Boston, has been named the winner of the 2013 Massachusetts Woman-Owned Small Business of the Year award according to an announcement by Robert Nelson, Massachusetts SBA District Director.
The Woman-Owned Small Business of the Year award is presented annually to an outstanding woman-owned business that has received SBA assistance and has a successful three-year track record. USA Couriers, Inc. was judged on four basic criteria: growth in net worth, sales and number of employees over the last three years, response to adversity, contributions to the community, and demonstrated creativity and/or commitment to a social mission in hiring policy, buying local, etc. The delivery company was nominated for this award by Chuck Sullivan, Vice President for Commercial Credit at Eastern Bank.
USA Couriers Inc. was founded by Kris Wiegman in 2003. The company is a leading supplier of package delivery services and customized delivery solutions via land and air. USA Couriers started with only three employees, but after receiving an SBA loan and an SBA Express line of credit, the company grew to employ 100 couriers and approximately 4500 independent contractors nationwide. Ms. Wiegman moved to Boston from Northern California in 1996 and was employed both as a Customer Service Manager for Case, Shiller and Weiss and as a marketing consultant for Speedy Package Delivery. This gave her the experience she needed to launch and grow her business.
“After starting USA Couriers Inc., Kris Wiegman showed an impressive willingness to learn and to innovate, and took full advantage of the help that was offered to her and to her business, including the SBA’s e200 training program,” said Nelson. “USA Couriers is a wonderful example of a resourceful woman-owned business that has staying power, and we are delighted to recognize their success.”
USA Couriers Inc. and owner Ms. Wiegman will be honored at an SBA awards celebration along with the other 2013 Massachusetts Small Business Week winners in June.