Lacey Design-Build Firm Owner Named 2017 SBA Washington Small Business Person of the Year

Owner Rozanne Garman of RHD Enterprises, Inc. Takes Top Honors, Finalist for 2017 SBA National Small Business Person of the Year, Celebration to Recognize All Local SBA Award Winners May 2
Release Date: 
Monday, March 20, 2017
Contact: 
Lisa White lisa.white@sba.gov (206) 553-7050

SEATTLE – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) 2017 Washington Small Business Person of the Year is Rozanne Garman, president of RHD Enterprises, Inc. in Lacey, Washington. 

Founded in 2005, RHD Enterprises’ mission is to “provide the best in construction and service.”As a general contractor, the type of work done by RHD varies. What started as a home-based business grew into a successful design-build firm by utilizing 8(a), minority and woman-owned small business certifications to win more than $12 million in contracts during 2015 and now employs 12 full-time employees. Some of their noteworthy customers include the Coast Guard, the Navy, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Army Corps of Engineers. 

“This is exactly the type of small business success story we love to see,” SBA Seattle District Director Kerrie Hurd said. “Rozanne used SBA resources, such as the 8(a) Business Development Program, and consistently performed and delivered high-quality results to grow her business into the successful company it is today.”

The SBA Small Business Person of the Year award – part of National Small Business Week in May – recognizes small business owners who demonstrate staying power and substantiated history as an established business with at least three years of business operation. Winners must also show growth in net worth and business expansion, increase in jobs and sales, innovativeness of products or services, response to adversity, and contributions to community-oriented projects.

“For me, being an entrepreneur is about creating liberty for myself and it truly has been that way. I have been able to go after some really big dreams of my own in creating RHD and doing things I never would have thought I would do,” Garman said. “The 8(a) program has been extremely helpful for RHD. When we started out, we were a small tile company, averaging approximately 80 grand a year gross; and over the past eight years we have learned the business end of how to be a contractor and we have grown a lot.”

Garman says the way RHD does business is what differentiates them. She says their job is to make the clients’ job easier; and any repeat and sole source business earned is a result of how they do business.

One of her favorite things about being a business owner is creating a company culture where family comes first. With two young children, her goal is to be home by five every day, a work-life balance that she encourages for all of her employees.

Garman was recently awarded as the 2016 Thurston County Boss of the Year after being nominated by her team.

“National Small Business Week is a time to recognize the impact small business has on our country,” Hurd said. “It’s a chance to celebrate the dedicated, hard-working small business owners who are using innovation to create jobs and make a difference in our local communities.”

Small Business Person of the Year winners from 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Guam will converge in Washington, D.C. in May, when one of them will be selected as the National Small Business Person of the Year during the SBA celebration of National Small Business Week April 30-May 6.

A celebration honoring local SBA winners from the SBA Seattle District – which serves Washington and northern Idaho – will be May 2, 2017. Other SBA local awards that will be recognized at the celebration include Exporter of the Year, 8(a) Graduate, Encore Entrepreneur, and Small Business Advocate.

Each year since 1963, the President has issued a proclamation calling for the celebration of National Small Business Week. SBA recognizes outstanding small business owners for their personal successes and contributions to our nation.

For more information about National Small Business Week, visit www.sba.gov/nsbw.      

About the SBA Seattle District Office:

The SBA Seattle District serves Washington state and northern Idaho with office locations in Seattle and Spokane. SBA staff provides resources and services in three areas referred to as “the three C’s” – Counseling, Capital and Contracting. Visit www.sba.gov/wa for localized information including resource partners, lenders, events and workshops, success stories, news and updates, and other information aimed to help business start, grow and succeed.

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