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KCMO’s GM of Tehama, LLC,Named 2018 SBA Kansas City District Small Business Person of the Year

David Brewer Takes Top Area Honors in Eastern Kansas, Western Missouri
Release Date: 
Monday, April 2, 2018
June Teasley (816)-426-4845 –

Kansas City – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) 2018 Kansas City District Small Business Person of the Year is David Brewer, general manager of Tehama, LLC, owned by the Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians of California. Founded in 2009, Tehama delivers environmental consulting and engineering services to federal, state and municipal clients nationwide. 
As a client of the Kansas City District SBA office entering its 8(a) Business Development Program in 2013 and its 8(a) Mentor-Protégé Program in 2014, Tehama, LLC, established its first Mentor-Protégé Joint Venture in 2015. From an initial $2,500 contract award to $82M in SBA offer letters, Brewer led Tehama’s growth from one employee to 58 and its revenues from $235,000 in 2014 to $11 million in 2017. 
“David Brewer serves as a great example of the leadership skills necessary to develop the company into a high-functioning federal contractor and to contribute to a local and cultural economy,” said SBA Kansas City District Director Malcolm Richards. 
“It’s an honor to receive the SBA’s Kansas City District Small Business Person of the Year award,” said Brewer. “It represents years of hard work and a successful partnership among the Kansas City District Office, Tehama leaders and staff, and Tehama’s tribe.” 
Tehama’s tribe, the Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians, receives 100% of the net profits, which are used, in part, to support community programs and tribal infrastructure projects. 
The SBA Small Business Person of the Year award is part of National Small Business Week, April 29-May 5, 2018.  This district award recognizes a small business that demonstrates staying power and substantiated history as a growing business with at least three years of business operation. Winners must also show growth in net worth and business expansion, an increase in jobs and sales, innovativeness of products or services, how they have overcome adversity and how they have contributed to community-oriented projects. 
“With the help of the SBA’s programs, workshops and our business specialist, Ken Surmeier, Tehama has built a thriving business that is benefitting the Kansas City area by creating jobs and Northern California by funding tribal initiatives,” Brewer said. “We look forward to continuing the partnership that brings success to multiple communities.” 

“National Small Business Week is a time to recognize the impact of small businesses in the Kansas City area and beyond by sharing their inspirational stories of success, resilience and determination,” SBA Regional Administrator Tom Salisbury said. “It’s my honor to celebrate the entrepreneurs who use innovation to solve problems, create jobs and make a difference in our local communities.” 

A celebration honoring Tehama, LLC, will take place at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday April 17, 2018, at Tehama’s Kansas City headquarters, 1600 Genesee Street, Suite 754, Kansas City, MO 64102. 
Each year since 1963, the President has issued a proclamation calling for the celebration of National Small Business Week. The SBA recognizes outstanding small business owners for their personal successes and contributions to our nation. For more information about National Small Business Week, its online public training offerings during the week and celebrations across the country, visit


About the U.S. Small Business Administration 

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953, and since January 13, 2012, has served as a Cabinet-level agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise, and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation. The SBA helps Americans start, build and grow businesses. Through an extensive network of field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations, the SBA delivers its services to people throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam. For more information visit: . 


About the SBA Kansas City District Office: 

The SBA Kansas City District serves the western Missouri and eastern Kansas with locations in Kansas City and Springfield, Missouri. SBA Kansas City District staff provides resources and services in three areas referred to as “the three C’s” – counseling, capital and contracting. Visit or follow @SBAgreatplains for more information, including resource partners, lenders, workshops, success stories and other resources to help business start, grow and succeed.