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Governor to present Small Business Person of the Year

Advisory Date: 
Friday, June 13, 2014

MONTPELIER, Vt. – The 2014 Vermont Small Business Awards Ceremony is from 4 to 7 p.m. June 17 at the Shelburne Museum Pizzagalli Center.

Governor Peter Shumlin will present Vermont Small Business Person of the Year to Bill Cherry and Jeff Neiblum, owners of Switchback Brewing Co.

Previous Vermont Small Business Person of the Year recipients include Ben and Jerry’s, Vermont Teddy Bear Company and Dealer.com. The Small Business Administration Vermont District Office has awarded Small Business Person of the Year annually since 1967.

During the ceremony five other Vermont businesses and SCORE will be recognized in addition to Small Business Person of the Year.  Awards will be presented to Sidehill Farm as the Family-Owned Business of the Year, The Bee’s Knees as the Woman-Owned Business of the Year, Vermont Bean Crafters as the Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Grow Compost of Vermont as the Microenterprise of the Year and Super Thin Saws as the Exporter of the Year. SCORE, originally the Senior Corps of Retired Executives, is celebrating its 50th anniversary. Comprised of volunteers and funded by the SBA, SCORE assists small businesses through education and mentorship.

The awards ceremony is hosted by the SBA and Vermont Business Magazine.

For more information, call 802-828-4422.