Randy’s Booth Company Inc., is SBA’s Minnesota 2018 Family-Owned Business of the Year

Release Date: 
Thursday, April 12, 2018
Release Number: 
18.10.MN
Contact: 
Sarah Swenty, 612-370-2316

MINNEAPOLIS – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has named Randy's Booth Company Inc., as the Minnesota 2018 Family-Owned Business of the Year. Owned by Bert Kissoondath, this second generation family-owned company designs and manufactures high-quality custom hospitality furnishing in Crystal, Minn., and serves customers nationwide. 

“From father to son, mother to daughter, many business owners dream of leaving a legacy for their children as they grow their small businesses,” pointed out Brian McDonald, deputy district director for the SBA in Minnesota. “This award celebrates the love of family and the good things their efforts bring to our small business community and beyond.”

Bert’s father, Randy, began his entrepreneurial journey in late 1970’s. As one of the first custom booth builders in Minnesota, the company successfully built a reputation for its ability to create unique, custom designs to tailor-fit clients’ needs. In 2006, Bert left his job in banking to learn the business and craft from his father. A true, family-owned and operated business, Randy passed down his expertise and trade secrets to his son.

When his father died in 2009, Bert was in an industry he knew little about. He had to learn fast and overcome many obstacles, all while keeping up with his competitors. With his passion, hard work and dedication, Bert expanded the business from four to 24 employees, increased revenues nearly fivefold, and more than doubled the square footage of the workspace. The SBA has been essential to that growth, guaranteeing funding to purchase a new building in 2017.

And the company is still growing.  Bert expects to add another five employees this year.

A goal of the company since its inception has been to make an impact and provide a positive influence to the community. Bert has supported many organizations around the Twin Cities, including Sharing and Caring Hands, Salvation Army, Feed My Starving Children and his church. In 2017, Bert partnered with the City of Crystal and the Robbinsdale School District adult academic program to be a resource of trade work and manufacturing to adult students.

Bert currently works with MinnCor Industries to help employ ex-offenders who are trained or wanting to continue to learn upholstery and wood work.  Bert is also working on developing a program to train and employ troubled young adults wanting to learn the trade. 

With the SBA help moving into the new facility and the support of MEDA, which nominated the company for the award, this program should be in effective by the end of 2018.

The SBA Minnesota District Office, along with the SCORE Association, will honor all the 2018 winners at the Minnesota Small Business Week Awards Luncheon on May 11, 2018, at the Doubletree by Hilton Park Place in Minneapolis, Minn.

Registration is open for the event until May 8 at https://conta.cc/2uCnW5b.

For more information on Small Business Week, which is April 29 through May 5 this year, please visit www.sba.gov/NSBW.

 

About the U.S. Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration makes the American dream of business ownership a reality. As the only go-to resource and voice for small businesses backed by the strength of the federal government, the SBA empowers entrepreneurs and small business owners with the resources and support they need to start and grow their businesses. It delivers services to people through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. To learn more, visit www.sba.gov/mn.

 

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