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Pocatello Environmental Consulting Owner Named 2018 SBA Idaho Small Business Person of the Year

Owner September Myres of Sundance Consulting, Inc. Takes Top Honors
Release Date: 
Thursday, March 15, 2018

BOISE, Idaho – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) 2018 Idaho Small Business Person of the Year is September Myres, president and CEO of Sundance Consulting, Inc. in Pocatello, Idaho.  Founded in 2005, Sundance is a full-service firm that provides environmental, compliance, natural resources, cultural resources, and remediation services to clients across the United States and abroad.

Sundance employs more than 80 professionals and maintains a network of more than eight offices nationwide, including offices in Alaska and Guam.  Sundance revenues reached $11 million in 2016, a $10 million increase from 2011. During that same five-year period, Sundance opened seven satellite offices and hired 50 employees.

Sundance forecasts its 2017 year-end revenue to be $14 million and plans to hire more personnel. The firm also received the Environmental Business Journal’s Small Firms Award (revenues less than $15 million) for achievements in 2016.  

 “What a tremendous honor to have the privilege to select September Myres as the Idaho Small Business Person of the Year,” SBA Boise District Director Gary Eisenbraun said. “She is a great role model for other entrepreneurs to follow. Her hard work and dedication, coupled with passion for what she does, the perseverance knowing that it’s not always easy, and a strong commitment to stay-the-course, underscore what it takes to succeed. It truly is a pleasure to know that the SBA played a part in her success.”

The SBA Small Business Person of the Year award – part of National Small Business Week April 29-May 5, 2018 – 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.

“As Sundance continues its growth, we will also continue to be a good steward of the land through our daily work practices,” Myres said. “We will continue our responsible use, protection and restoration of our environment for the plants, the animals and the people that rely upon it.”

Raised on the Fort Hall Indian Reservation in Idaho and taught to respect the land, September Myres started Sundance in 2005 to provide solutions to environmental issues resulting from Department of Defense activities on tribal lands.  

In 2008, Sundance was certified into the SBA 8(a) Business Development Program, a nine-year certification program that helps small, disadvantaged businesses compete in the federal marketplace. The program enabled Myres to strategically grow her company to become a competitive force in the environmental services industry. Sundance believes in giving back to the local community and contributes money, time and resources to various charitable causes.

“National Small Business Week is a time to recognize the impact of small businesses in the Pacific Northwest by sharing their inspirational stories of success, resilience and determination,” SBA Regional Administrator Jeremy Field 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.”

Small Business Person of the Year winners from 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Guam will converge in Washington, D.C. April 29-30 when one of them will be selected as the National Small Business Person of the Year.

A celebration honoring local SBA winners from the SBA Boise District – which serves the 34 counties in southern Idaho and six counties in eastern Oregon – will be May 2, 2018. Other SBA local awards that will be recognized at the celebration include Exporter of the Year.

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 Boise District Office:

The SBA Boise District serves the 34 counties in southern Idaho and six counties in eastern Oregon. SBA Boise District staff provides resources and services in three areas referred to as “the three C’s” – counseling, capital and contracting. Visit www.sba.gov/id or follow @SBAPacificNW for more information including resource partners, lenders, workshops, success stories and other resources to help business start, grow and succeed.

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