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SBA Administrator Honors Nation’s Top Small Businesses

Winners to be formally recognized in Washington, D.C. on April 30 – May 1
Release Date: 
Thursday, March 16, 2017
Release Number: 
17-12
Contact: 
Terry Sutherland 202-205-6919

WASHINGTON – Administrator Linda McMahon, the head of the U.S. Small Business Administration, announced today this year’s Small Business Person of the Year winners from the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands. All of the winners have been invited to attend ceremonies in Washington, D.C on April 30 – May 1 where they will be honored with their individual award along with recognition of the three runners-up and the naming of the 2017 National Small Business Person of the Year. 

“It is my honor and distinct pleasure to announce the 54 winners from across the U.S. and its territories,” McMahon said. “These small business owners define entrepreneurial spirit and best represent the 28 million small businesses that are the backbone and economic engine for today’s economy. I look forward to welcoming the winners to Washington next month when they are officially honored for their achievements.”

Each year since 1963, the president has issued a proclamation calling for the celebration of National Small Business Week.  National Small Business Week is set as the first week in May, and this year the dates are April 30 – May 6 with national events planned in Washington, D.C., New York City, Indianapolis, Dallas and Fresno, Calif.

 

2      2017 Small Business Person of the Year Winners

 

ALABAMA

 

Jodie Ray Stanfield                                                    

Owner                                                            

Local Joe’s Trading Post

Rainbow City, AL 35906

 

ALASKA

 

David McCarthy                                                       

CEO                                                                           

Jason Motyka

CFO

Denali Visions 3000

Denali Park, AK 99755

 

 

ARIZONA

 

Vickie Herd                                                                                        

Manager                                                                                             

Extended Family Disability Services, LLC/Bella Rose                      

Chandler, AZ 85286

 

ARKANSAS             

 

Victoria A. Washington                                                         

President                                                                                

Vision Information Technology Consultants LLC    

Little Rock, AR 72204

 

CALIFORNIA

 

Lars Christopher Herman                                                                              

President                                                                                

Herman Construction Group, Inc.

Escondido, CA 92029

 

COLORADO           

 

Lorena P. Cantarovici                                                

Owner                                                                        

Maria Empanada

Denver, CO 80210

 

CONNECTICUT

 

Carla Bartolucci                                                                     

President                                                                                

Euro-USA Trading Co., Inc.                                      

North Stonington, CT 06359

 

DELAWARE 

 

Donna L. Vanderwende                                             

Owner

Vanderwende Farm Creamery

Bridgeville, DE 19933

 

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

 

Robert W. Dozier Jr.                                     

President & CEO                                                       

RWD Consulting, LLC                                              

Washington, DC 20036

 

FLORIDA

Paul Morrow                                                             

President

South Dave Air Conditioning and Refrigeration

Homestead, FL 33033

 

GEORGIA

 

Kevin B. Boykin                                                                    

CEO                                                                                       

Path-Tec, LLC                                                                       

Midland, GA 31820                                                  

 

GUAM

 

Derrick Muna Quinata                                                           

CEO/Dealer Principal

Monster Auto Corp.

Dba Guam Autospot

Hagatna, Guam 96932

 

HAWAII

 

Garrett Marrero                                                                     

President & CEO

Melanie Oxley

Vice President & COO

Maui Brewing Company

Kihei, HI 96753

 

IDAHO

 

Eric L. Browning                                                                    

CEO, Owner and Manager                                        

Steven J. Browning                                                                

CFO, Co-Owner

Blue Spring Partners, LLC

Dba Fin Fun

Idaho Falls, ID 83401

 

ILLINOIS

 

Sonat Birnecker Hart                                     

President

Robert Birnecker

CEO

Koval, Inc.

Dba Koval Distillery, Inc.

Chicago, IL 60613

 

INDIANA

 

Joey Rivera, Ph.D.                                                                 

President & CEO                                                                   

Rivera Consulting Group

A Highway 311

Sellersburg, IN 47172

 

IOWA

 

Benny Duane Puck                                                                

President                                                                                

Puck Custom Enterprises, Inc.                                              

Manning, IA 51455

 

KANSAS

 

Ken Bellesine                                                             

Owner                                                                        

Central Electropolishing Co., Inc.                              

Anthony, KS 67003

 

KENTUCKY 

 

Debra Dudley                                                

President                                                                    

Oscarware, Inc.                                                          

Bonnieville, KY 42713

 

LOUISIANA 

 

Alejandro (Alex) Hernandez                                      

President                                                                                

Hernandez Consulting & Construction

New Orleans, LA 70119

 

MAINE

 

Leigh S. Kellis                                                

Founder/Owner

The Holy Donut

Portland, ME 04101

 

MARYLAND

 

Kara DiPietro                                                             

CEO                                                                                       

HMC Incorporated                                                                

Columbia, MD 21046

 

MASSACHUSETTS

 

Victoria Bondoc                                                                     

President & CEO                                                                   

Gemini Industries, Inc.                                                          

Burlington, MA 01803

 

MICHIGAN

 

Jon Lanning                                                                            

President, Finance                                                                  

Inontime, LLC                                                                       

Zeeland, MI 49464

 

MINNESOTA

 

Shirley Joann Wikner                                                             

CEO                                                                                                   

Aviation Charter and Executive Aviation

Eden Prairie, MN 55347

 

MISSISSIPPI

 

Mary J. Russell                                                                     

President and Founder

Sugaree’s Bakery

New Albany, MS 38652

 

MISSOURI

 

Phillip Cohen

Founder and President

Cohen Architectural Woodworking

Saint James, MO 65559

 

MONTANA

 

Mark Bretz                                                                            

CEO and Chairman of the Board

Bretz RV and Marine

Missoula, MT 59808

 

NEBRASKA 

 

Cody C. Brooks                                                                     

Owner

Chrystal Brooks

Co-Owner

White River Feed, LLC

Chadron, NE 69337

 

NEVADA

 

Dr. Eva D. Littman                                                    

Owner                                                            

Littman Medical Services, PC                                   

dba Red Rock Fertility

Sunset Surgery Center, LLC

Las Vegas, NV 89148

 

NEW HAMPSHIRE 

 

Jake Reder                                                                  

CEO                                                                           

Celdara Medical, LLC

Lebanon, NH 03766

 

NEW JERSEY

 

Dr. Lisa Aumiller                                                                   

Dr. Lisa Aumiller, LLC                                                          

Dba HousePaws Mobile Veterinary Service

Mt. Laurel, NJ 08054

 

NEW MEXICO

 

Mario Burgos                                                             

President & CEO                                                                   

David Burgos                                                             

Vice President                                                            

Burgos Group LLC

Albuquerque, NM 87114

 

NEW YORK

 

Pamela Newman                                                                    

CEO

ISS Action

Queens, NY 11434

 

NORTH CAROLINA

 

Michelle Coffino                                                                    

Owner                                                                        

Queen City Metal Recycling & Salvage, LLC

2800 North Tryon Street

Charlotte, NC 28206

 

NORTH DAKOTA

                                               

Eric Mauch                                                                

CEO                                                                           

Carla Dean Schwartzenberger                        

Razor Consulting Solutions, Inc.  & Razor Tracking, Inc.                                            

Watford City, ND 58854

 

OHIO

 

Robert Chapman Kocian                                                       

President                                                                                

The Auto Bolt Company

Cleveland, OH 44135

 

OKLAHOMA

 

Melinda Stinnett                                                                    

Managing Director

Stinnett & Associates

Tulsa, OK 74137

 

OREGON

 

Brandon James Vaughn

President

All-Clean Property Maintenance LLC

Troutdale, OR 97060

 

PENNSYLVANIA

 

Elvin Eugene Stoltzfus                                                           

President                                                                                

Pik Rite, Inc.                                                                          

Lewisburg, PA 17837

 

PUERTO RICO

 

Victor Miguel Rivera Solanas                                    

President                                                                                

Maria Paula Rivera Solanas

Vice President

Atencion Atencion

San Juan, PR 00926

 

RHODE ISLAND

                                               

Gary M. Palardy                                                       

President and CEO                                                    

Blue Moon Industries                                    

Providence, RI 02908                                    

SOUTH CAROLINA

 

Vickie Wyatt   

President                                                                      

J.I.T. Manufacturing                                                  

Cowpens, SC 29330

 

SOUTH DAKOTA

 

Beth Hanna                                                                                                    

Owner/Director                                                                                  

Building Blocks Childcare and Learning Center, LLC

Brandon, SD 57005

 

TENNESSEE

 

Dan LeVan                                                                             

CEO                                                                                       

SED, Inc.                                                                                

Dba EnerG3                                                                           

Chattanooga, TN 37405                                                        

 

TEXAS

 

Deborah Paris                                                            

President and Manager                                                          

StraCon Services Group, LLC                                               

Fort Worth, TX 76109

 

UTAH

 

Stefanie Bevans                                                                      

CEO

Joshua Bevans

CTO

Design To Print, Inc.

St. George, UT 84770

 

VERMONT

 

Michael Lawrence Rainville                                       

President                                                                                

Maple Landmark, Inc.

Middlebury, VT 05753

 

VIRGINIA

 

Corliss Udoema

President & CEO

Contract Solutions, Inc.

Manassas, VA 20109

 

VIRGIN ISLANDS

 

Kevin Joseph Schnell                                                 

Owner/Operator                                                                    

Maya Alissa Matthews-Sterling                                           

Owner/Manager

Caribbean Solar Company LLC

St. John, VI 00830

 

WASHINGTON

 

Rozanne Garman                                                                   

President                                                                                

RHD Enterprises, Inc.                                                           

Lacey, WA 98503

 

WEST VIRGINIA

 

Matthew Paul Knott                                                 

President & CEO                                                                   

River Riders, Inc. and Clarion Inn Harpers Ferry

Harpers Ferry, WV 25425

 

WISCONSIN

 

Kristina Pence-Dunow                                              

President & CEO                                                       

Double K, Inc.,

Dba Hometown Trolley, Inc.

Crandon, WI 54520

 

WYOMING

 

Janie Celeste Wait                                                      

President                                                                    

Intermountain Record Center, Inc.

3765 Airport Parkway

Casper, WY 82604

 

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About the 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. www.sba.gov