Classique Floors named Small Business Person of the Year
PORTLAND, Ore. – The Portland District Office presented this year’s Small Business Week Awards during a luncheon at the Portland Art Museum, May 20, 2013. Eight small businesses two champions of small business, and 11 lending institutions were honored.
Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber, SBA Regional Administrator Calvin Goings, SBA Regional Advocate Jennifer Clark and SBA Acting District Director Robert DuCoté spoke about the impact of small business on the economy and the community at large.
“Right here in Oregon, we have over 335,000 small businesses that open their doors daily – providing employment, high quality products, and services to customers both here and in foreign countries,” said Acting District Director Robert DuCoté. “Our entrepreneurs and small business owners – along our small business champions and lenders are one of our state’s greatest strengths and it’s our privilege to recognize some of them here today.”
Small Business Awards presented to small businesses and entrepreneurs:
- Small Business Person of the Year – Judith Huck, Classique Floors. Since Judith took over Classique Floors in 1997, company revenue has grown an average of 15 percent annually, ending 2012 at $4.2 million.
- Small Business Exporter of the Year – Chris King, Chris King Precision Components. Chris King Precision Components makes high-quality bicycle parts, which they export across Asia, the Pacific and Europe.
- 8(a) Graduate of the Year – Samuel Brooks, S. Brooks and Associates. When Samuel started S. Brooks 32 years ago, it was the first minority-owned staffing company in Oregon. Now a $7 million company, they employ more than 200 people in multiple states.
- Family-Owned Business of the Year – Wilson’s NAPA. Gail and Tony Wilson bought their first NAPA store in 1987, with three employees and sales of $220,000. Now, with four other family members and six of their nine children working for them, they own 15 stores; employ 165 with sales of nearly $25 million in 2012.
- Young Entrepreneur of the Year – Tracy Puhl, GladRags. In 2012, GladRags launched a new e-commerce website to improve online sales and nearly doubled sales to distributors.
- District Director’s Impact Award – Cary Bryant and David Gremmels, Roque Creamery. Cary and David purchased the nearly bankrupt creamery in 2002, since then they have grown the company nearly 500 percent and continue to give back to the community and the environment.
- District Director’s Rising Star Award – Chris Lyon and Brett Binford, Mudshark Studios. Chris and Brett started their sub-contract ceramic studio in a basement in 2006. Currently, they have grown into their own 17,000 square foot studio with a gallery and employ 26 staff.
- District Director’s Entrepreneurial Spirit Award – Caitlynn Bailey, Caitlynn Bailey’s Breads. Disappointed by her employment options at the end of 8th grade, Caitlynn decided to start making, baking and selling bread at the local Farmer’s Market in Heppner, Oregon.
Small Business Champion Awards presented to individuals or organizations that promote, assist and aid small business:
- Small Business Champion – Kedma Ough, Micro-enterprise Inventors Program of Oregon. Kedma works tirelessly towards supporting advancement of small business and innovation through mentorship and start-up classes. She was also responsible for bringing the National 2012 Small Business Innovation and Research and Small Business Technology Transfer Research Program Conference to Portland.
- Small Business Development Center of Excellence and Innovation – Marcia Bagnall, Chemeketa Community College SBDC. In 2012, the Chemeketa SBDC surpassed all of their counseling and business development goals, with 57 new business starts, 89 long-term counseling clients, a 90% client satisfaction rate and capital infusion of more than $3.7 million. Marcia also won the Regional SBDC of Excellence and Innovation award.
Small Business Lending Awards presented to leading SBA Lenders:
- 7a Lender of the Year for Loan Dollar Volume – Wells Fargo Bank. Wells Fargo guaranteed $41 million, 19 percent of the total 7a dollars lent in the Portland District during fiscal year 2012.
- 7a Lender of the Year for Loan Volume – U.S. Bank. U.S Bank guaranteed 129 loans, nearly 18 percent of the total 7a loans in the district during fiscal year 2012.
- 504 Lender of the Year for Loan Dollar Volume/Loan Volume – Evergreen Business Capital. Evergreen Business Capital guaranteed $50 million through 57 separate loans, representing half of the total 504 loans in the district during fiscal year 2012.
- Portland District Lending All-Stars – SBA Lenders that guaranteed at least $10 million and/or 20 loans:
- Bank of the Cascades – $2 million, 20 loans
- CapitalSource - $11 million, 10 loans
- Evergreen Business Capital - $50 million, 57 loans
- JPMorgan Chase – $7 million, 49 loans
- Key Bank - $13 million, 97 loans
- NW Business Development - $20 million, 18 loans
- Pacific Continental Bank - $18 million, 18 loans
- Peoples Bank of Commerce - $2 million, 35 loans
- U.S. Bank - $31 million, 129 loans
- West Coast Bank (now, Columbia State Bank) - $10 million, 93 loans
- Wells Fargo - $41 million, 84 loans
For more information about SBA tools and programs, visit the Portland District Office webpage at www.sba.gov/or.