The U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Fresno District Office announced David Darmstandler and James Bates, owners of Data Path, Inc. of Modesto have been selected as the 2014 Central California Small Business Person of the Year.
The Small Business Person of the Year award recognizes a business owner who exemplifies the entrepreneurial spirit and honors his or her individual contributions to the community. Data Path was selected after a stringent competition held amongst businesses located throughout the 15 Central California counties. The Modesto Alliance Small Business Development Center nominated Data Path for the award.
Annually, SBA honors Central California entrepreneurs for their contributions to the economy. Small businesses have proven, year after year, to be the greatest sources of innovation, jobs and growth for California’s economy. Nominations are judged on seven basic criteria: staying power, growth in number of employees, increase in sales and/or unit volume, current and past financial reports, innovativeness of product or service, response to adversity and evidence of contributions to community-oriented projects.
“We are honored and humbled to receive this award from the SBA. The SBA and Alliance SBDC are vital partners that share in our excitement, dedication, and entrepreneurial spirit. We firmly believe in the power of small business to create amazing jobs, innovate, and give back to the community,” said owner James Bates.
Launched in 2005 by close friends David Darmstandler and James Bates in an office of only 100 square feet, Data Path delivers state of the art IT consulting, cloud services and managed IT support services for small to enterprise-sized organizations. Data Path has earned an outstanding reputation for providing companies and organizations with forward-thinking, cost effective IT solutions supported with unparalleled customer service. The firm serves a diverse array of clients which include education, government, agribusiness, manufacturing, and non-profits.
Working closely with the Alliance SBDC the firm was able to conduct an in-depth market assessment and comprehensive customer survey to develop a Business and Marketing strategy for the business. “Thanks to the SBDC, we have evolved from purely an entrepreneurial start-up to a forward-thinking corporation that has laid the groundwork for future growth,” Darmstandler said. The Alliance SBDC is a partnership program under a cooperative agreement with the SBA, UC Merced, and the Stanislaus Economic Development & Workforce Alliance.
“Data Path is an example of a business that strives to do all the “right things” at the right time in order to be successful in a challenging and highly competitive marketplace. They have been an excellent client to work with because the owners are dedicated to continually improving their business. I think this is one of the main reasons that Data Path has been so successful gaining new customers and growing their business,” said Kurt Clark, Center Director of the Alliance SBDC Center.
With significant increases in revenues, profits and the number of employees over the past three years, the company outcomes have been notable. Located in a new state of the art “Silicon Valley” designed office in Modesto, the company recruits and retains highly skilled employees fostering a culture that promotes family values, workplace and community involvement, and ongoing education to ensure that team members remain on the cutting edge of new technology innovations and deliver those services to clients.
"The Small Business Administration is very proud of the tremendous growth and success that Data Path has achieved. This company serves as a role model for other small business entrepreneurs,” said Carlos G. Mendoza, District Director for the Fresno SBA Office.
Data Path, Inc. has been the honoree of INC Magazine’s 500/5000 list in 2011, 2012 and 2013 for the fastest growing small companies in the nation and was ranked in the Top 150 for Technology. Data Path was also recognized by UC Merced/SBDC in 2013 as Technology Company of the Year
Through innovative leadership which merges the newest technologies with genuine “good old fashioned” client service in an environment that still values the “importance of relationships” Data Path is well-positioned to have continued success.
For additional information:
David Darmstandler and James Bates, Owners
Data Path, Inc.
318 McHenry Avenue
Modesto, CA 95354
Kurt Clark, Center Director
Alliance Small Business Development Center
1020 10th Street, Suite 102
Modesto, CA 95354
Pictured from right to left are Regional Administrator Donna Davis,
Small Business Persons of the Year David Darmstandler and James Bates,
Kurt Clark and Claudia Newcorn of the Alliance SBDC and Fresno District Director Carlos Mendoza.
The University of California, Merced SBDC Network hosted the Fresno District’s Small Business Week event in Fresno on May 15, 2014. SBA honored Data Path as the SBA 2014 Central California Small Business Person of the Year. Region IX Administrator Donna Davis and Provost Dr. Thomas Peterson of the University of California were among the featured speakers.