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SBA Announces Eastern Missouri Small Business Week Winners

Release Number: 
14-23
Advisory Date: 
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Contact: 
Patti Guttmann, patricia.guttmann@sba.gov, 314-539-6615

 SBA Announces Eastern Missouri Small Business Week Winners

Website Now Open for Registration

ST. LOUIS, MO – The SBA St. Louis District Office today announced the Eastern Missouri winners for Small Business Week 2014.  Small Business Week of Eastern Missouri will be celebrated May 5 - 9, 2014, with events throughout the metropolitan area celebrating small businesses.  More information on each firm can be found on the Small Business Week of Eastern Missouri website at http://sbwem.org/2014-winners/.

SMALL BUSINESS PERSON/TEAM OF THE YEAR - Jennah Purk, CPA, MST – President/CEO; Bill Purk, CPA –VP/CFO - Purk & Associates, P.C., 1034 S. Brentwood Blvd., Suite 2000, St. Louis, MO, 63117, http://www.purkpc.com/, 314-884-4009, jpurk@purkpc.com, bpurk@purkpc.com

Jennah and Bill Purk are the Founding Shareholders of Purk & Associates, P.C., which was founded in 2009. Jennah is a CPA with a Masters in Taxation and was the first CPA in Missouri to become a Certified Healthcare Business Consultant. She was recently appointed to SBA’s Region VII Regulatory Fairness Board. Bill is a CPA with 35 years of varied experience.

The firm specializes in closely held businesses, tax-exempt organizations, governmental entities, and high-net-worth individuals. Purk & Associates has 20 full-time employees and revenue has grown an average of over 20 percent per year since the company was founded. They have assisted many clients in obtaining SBA loans. The St. Louis Business Journal has listed them as one of the Best Places to Work since 2009. Small Business Monthly has listed the company as one of the top St. Louis Accounting Firms yearly since 2010.

 

SMALL BUSINESS EXPORTER OF THE YEAR - Beau Aero Martin, President - GMES LLC d/b/a GME Supply, 1801 Westfall Dr., Columbia, MO, 65202, http://www.gmesupply.com; 718-210-3913, Beau.aero@gmesupply.com

Beau Aero Martin is the sole owner of GME Supply which he founded in 2005. He moved the company to Columbia from New York in 2011. GME Supply distributes industrial equipment and supplies worldwide. GME specializes in industrial safety equipment. They exemplify their motto of “Climb Higher,” growing from two employees and $1.27 million in revenue in 2010 to 18 employees and $18.18 million in revenue in 2013 with exports to 29 countries! He used an SBA loan obtained in 2012 to build a new building for his growing company.

 

FAMILY-OWNED SMALL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR - Shari Thiel, Corporate Secretary; Tom Thiel, President; Kevin Wibbenmeyer, Vice President - Chesterfield Fence & Deck Company, Inc., 620 Spirit Valley East Drive, Chesterfield, MO, 63005, http://www.chesterfieldfence.com/, 636-532-4054, sthiel@chesterfieldfence.com

Chesterfield Fence & Deck Company, Inc., is a third generation 45 year-old family-owned business which specializes in sale and installation of quality fences, decks, patios, screen rooms, sun rooms, and related home improvement products. It is owned by Dennis and Franca Wibbenmeyer, son Kevin Wibbenmeyer, daughter Shari Thiel, and Shari’s husband Tom Thiel. Their 82 employees helped the firm earn national recognition for service from Angie’s List and others, and the number 43 spot on Remodeling Magazine’s Top 550 Home Improvement Companies in the nation. They incentivize their employees to promote safety, making them one of the safest firms in the industry.

 

YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR - Brynne Stansberry, Founder/Member; Bailye Stansberry, Founder/Member - TwoAlity, LLC, 1550 East Boone Industrial Blvd., Columbia, MO, 65202, www.thetwoalitystore.com, 573-442-7164, brynne@twoality.co, bailye@twoality.co (Primary Contact)

Twins Brynne and Bailye Stansberry are the founders of TwoAlity, LLC, and used an SBA loan to start the business. The primary products are patented fashionable clear boots with interchangeable liners, which they invented. The boots and liners are American-made and currently sold throughout the country and exported to Canada. Brynne and Bailye came up with the concept in high school for a Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) project and kept working on it through their time at Columbia College of Missouri. Their plan is to expand their product line to include other accessories.

 

WOMAN-OWNED SMALL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR – C. Anne Williams, President - JobFinders Employment Service Co., 1729 West Broadway #4, Broadway Shopping Center, Columbia, MO, 65203, www.jobfindersusa.com; 573-446-4250; annew@jobfindersusa.com

C. Anne Williams is the owner of JobFinders Employment Service Co., a 27 year-old company with three operating divisions including the parent company, JF and Associates, and JF Medical Brokers. Together they provide full service staffing solutions including temporary staffers, direct hire/recruitment services, out placement services, and a full range of human resources consulting. Ann and her staff of eleven have offices in Columbia, Mexico, and Jefferson City, MO. JobFinders has unique programs such as “Heroes for Hire” for Veterans, “2nd Chance” for those trying to overcome a checkered past, and an incentive program for temporary staff to complete their GED.  Anne utilized the FastTrac program offered by the Missouri SBTDCs, an SBA guaranteed loan, and other resources along the way to grow her company into number 637 on Inc. Magazine’s 5000 fastest growing companies in the country.

 

MINORITY-OWNED SMALL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR - Cory A. Elliott, President/CEO - CMT Roofing, LLC, 817 Aston Way Drive, O’Fallon, MO, 63368, www.cmtroofing.com; 314-378-5326; cory@cmtroofing.com

Cory Elliott founded CMT Roofing, LLC, a female and minority-owned commercial roofing company specializing in schools, hospitals, churches, and local, state, and federal buildings, and the company is a licensed union contractor. Founded in 2012, the company nonetheless has personnel with over 20 years of expertise in construction and roofing. Revenue has doubled in the last year, with over $1 million in total sales. They emphasize service, quality, and integrity, and stress getting it right the first time. Cory is a graduate of Grace Hill Women’s Business Center’s Leadership Program and SBA’s Emerging Leaders Program.

 

VETERAN-OWNED SMALL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR - Timothy James Smith Sr., President - Patriot Commercial Cleaning, 315 Lemay Ferry Rd., Suite 107, St. Louis, MO, 63125, www.patriotcleaning.net, 314-456-2516, Timsmith9708@gmail.com  
Tim Smith, a former Army Sergeant and Operation Iraqi Freedom Veteran, founded Patriot Commercial Cleaning in 2011 in order to help fellow Veterans and their family members. Patriot Commercial Cleaning only hires Veterans and their family members, currently 19 employees, to clean office spaces and schools. His goal is to have Veterans gainfully employed and to feel as if they are part of a team again. He received assistance from the Veterans Business Resource Center (VBRC) to achieve his dream of helping fellow Veterans.

SBA RURAL-OWNED SMALL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR - Mr. Tracy Lynn Bogler, President - Woody Bogler Trucking Company, P. O. Box 229, Rosebud, MO, 63091, www.woodybogler.com; 573-764-3700 x101; tracy@woodybogler.com 
Tracy Bogler is the President of Woody Bogler Trucking Company, which is a third generation family-owned company based in Red Bud, MO. He left college during his last year to help his father run the company in 1995. At that time, the company was operated from a trailer and had a garage that could only hold three of their 22 tractors. Tracy pushed his father to grow the company and diversify the freight they carried. In 2002, Tracy quickly assumed control when his father grew gravely ill. Today they have annual revenues in excess of $30 million and operate 140 tractor trailers in the lower 48 states. They operate a safe company with newer trucks. An SBA guaranteed loan in 2012 allowed the company to weather several setbacks which were hitting the trucking industry, purchase “green” trucks, and apply for government contracts.

District Director Dennis Melton of SBA’s St. Louis District Office noted, “This group of Small Business Week winners illustrates a small portion of the spectrum of firms in Eastern Missouri. Many of these firms grew and thrived with assistance from SBA, its resource partners, and the SBA lending community. In turn these firms are providing new jobs in our area and improving and growing our local economy.  Please join SBA in congratulating our local winners!” 

The calendar of events for Small Business Week of Eastern Missouri is now online and registration information is available at http://sbwem.org/calendar-of-events/. Further information about Eastern Missouri Small Business Week can be found at http://sbwem.org/. For further information about any of the Eastern Missouri Small Business Week winners or events, please contact Patti Guttmann at (314) 539-6615 or Patricia.Guttmann@sba.gov.

National Small Business Week, hosted by the Small Business Administration, has been recognizing the special impact made by outstanding American entrepreneurs and small business owners since 1963.  National Small Business Week is May 12 - 16, 2014, in three cities across the US, including May 13 in Kansas City, culminating in the awards ceremony in Washington, DC.  Throughout the week there will also be webinars and other live events.  Interested individuals can register online at www.sba.gov/smallbusinessweek where additional information on National Small Business Week events will be made available.  Events will also be live-streamed on SBA’s website at www.sba.gov.

For more information about these and other SBA programs, visit the SBA Web site at www.sba.gov or www.sba.gov/mo/stlouis for the St. Louis District Office. 

 

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