SBA Administrator Honors Nation’s Top Small Businesses

Winners to be formally recognized in Washington, D.C. on May 5-6
Release Date: 
Monday, March 18, 2019
Release Number: 
19-12
Contact: 
carol.wilkerson@sba.gov

WASHINGTON – Today, Administrator Linda McMahon, the head of the U.S. Small Business Administration, announced the 2019 Small Business Persons of the Year winners from the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Guam. Each of the winners have been invited to attend ceremonies in Washington, D.C. on May 5-6 where they will be honored with their individual award. During the ceremonies, SBA will announce the 2019 National Small Business Person of the Year from the 53 winners from across the U.S. and territories.   

“I am delighted to recognize the 53 winners from across the country as they gather in our nation’s capital,” McMahon said. “Entrepreneurs are the innovators who take risks on ideas, invest in their communities, and create jobs.  Their skills and creativity not only support their own families, but they also make our neighborhoods and cities vibrant places to live and work, fueling our overall economic strength. These small business owners best represent the nation’s 30 million small businesses and I look forward to welcoming the winners to Washington, D.C. in May when they are officially honored for their accomplishments.”

National Small Business Week will be observed May 5-11 with events around the country. SBA Administrator Linda McMahon will be making stops in Washington, D.C., Florida, Texas, and Utah.

 

2019 Small Business Persons of the Year Winners

 

ALABAMA                

Alana Parker                                                              

President                                                                                            

Rocket City Drywall & Supply

Huntsville, AL

 

ALASKA         ­

John Tatham                                                              

President

Janet Tatham

Vice President

Shelley Bramstedt

Secretary/Treasurer

PIP Printing of AK

Anchorage, AK

 

ARIZONA                  

Jennifer Herbert                                                                     

Chief Executive Officer                                              

Jeff Herbert

Chief Strategic Officer

Superstition Meadery LLC

Prescott, AZ

 

ARKANSAS  

April Broderick                                               

Majority Owner/President                                          

A&A Fire and Safety Company                                 

Sherwood, AR

 

CALIFORNIA

Jeffrey Perry                                      

President                                                                    

All Industrial Tool Supply                               

Huntington Beach, CA

 

COLORADO 

Rick Schmidt              

President and CEO                                       

Tipping Point Solutions                      

Centennial, CO

 

CONNECTICUT        

Joyce Reynolds                                                         

President                                                                    

Jerado Reynolds

Vice President

Reynolds Welding and Fabrication

Windsor, CT

 

DELAWARE      

Donald Chupp                                                 

President and CEO                                           

Fireside Partners                                             

Dover, DE

 

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA           

Paul Abbott                                                                 

Owner                                                                         

Laura Abbott

Co-Owner

Life of Riley

Washington, DC

 

FLORIDA                      

Jeff Turbeville                                                             

Owner/CEO

Sunshine Peanut Company

Jacksonville, FL

 

GEORGIA                     

Rebecca Lamont                                                          

President & Founder                                                   

Jeff Lamont                                                                 

Director of Operations                                     

Pathways Behavioral Consulting

Marietta, GA

 

GUAM

Richard Chan

President

Mika Gibson

Vice President

Archway

Tamuning, Guam

 

HAWAII

Rolf Klein

CEO

Alvin Bongolan

COO

Hawaii Energy Systems

Aiea, HI

 

IDAHO 

Nate Bondelid                                                             

President                                                                                

Tek-Hut

Boise, ID

 

ILLINOIS          

Cornelius Damon Griggs                                   

President/CEO                                                             

GMA Construction Group                                                        

Chicago, IL                                                       

 

INDIANA         

Casey Wright                                                                           

CEO                                                                                         

NinjaZone & Wright Gymnastics           

Greenwood, IN

 

IOWA  

Brad Barber

CEO, Co-Founder                                             

Angie Barber

COO, Co-Founder

Cabin Coffee Franchising

Clear Lake, Iowa

 

KANSAS

Kurt Schmidt

President/Owner

Picasso’s Pizzeria

Wichita, KS

 

KENTUCKY 

Paul Isenberg                                                              

Owner/Founder                                                                      

Smart Start Child Care

Bowling Green, KY

 

LOUISIANA      

LTC Danny Blanks, USAR-Ret                             

Member/CEO                                                              

Barlow Cook                                                                

Member/CCO                                                              

James Washington III                                       

Member/CFO

Pontchartrain Partners

New Orleans, LA

 

MAINE

Janie Wang

Owner/Member                                                                      

Modernist Pantry                                                        

Eliot, ME                                                          

 

MARYLAND     

Zhensen Huang                                                            

CEO                                                                                         

Precise Software Solutions                               

Rockville, MD

 

MASSACHUSETTS         

Swati Elavia                                                     

President                                                                                

Monsoon Kitchens

Shrewsbury, MA

 

MICHIGAN                  

Kathleen Eberle                                   

President/CEO                                                             

NPO Transportation

Southfield, MI

 

MINNESOTA                

Christine Lantinen                                                       

President                                                                                

Maud Borup                                        

Plymouth, MN

 

MISSISSIPPI                 

Jennifer Sutton, D.S., D.V.M.                                        

President

Jeffrey Sutton, B.S., D.V.M.

Secretary/Treasurer

Gulf Coast Veterinary Services

Biloxi, MS

 

MISSOURI                    

Carol Espinosa                                                             

Principal

Freedom Interiors

Kansas City, MO

 

MONTANA      

Devon Davidson                                                                      

President/Owner                                                        

MARS of Billings                                                          

Billings, MT

 

NEBRASKA

Leon Weiland, President/Owner                                  

Jean Weiland, Partner/Secretary/Treasurer                              

Weiland Doors                                                                        

Norfolk, NE

 

NEVADA                      

Elena Ledoux                                                   

CEO                                                                             

Nargiza Mukhutdinova

General Manager

Superb Maids

Las Vegas, NV

 

NEW HAMPSHIRE                    

Hale Cole-Tucker                                                         

President and Co-Founder

Erica Cole-Tucker

Vice President, Operations and Co-Founder

Tucker Restaurant Group

New London, NH

 

NEW JERSEY                

Carl Fisher                                                                   

CEO                                                                                         

Karen Froberg-Fejko                                                    

President                                                                                

Bio-Serv and Radon Supplies                

Flemington, NJ                                    

 

NEW MEXICO  

Emile Gonzales                                                

President                                                                                

G2i, LLC                                                                       

Albuquerque, NM

 

NEW YORK      

Christopher Bren                                             

William Freedman                                           

Todd Stewart                                                   

Members

Picture Farm II, LLC

Brooklyn, NY

 

NORTH CAROLINA                   

Steven Ceccarelli                                             

CEO/President                                                 

Farm Fresh Produce                             

Faison, NC

 

NORTH DAKOTA          

Troy Derheim                                                  

President                                                                    

Derheim Inc.                                       

Harwood, ND                           

 

OHIO               

Kristen Bailey                                      

Co-Founder & CEO                                           

Sweets and Meats

Cincinnati, OH

 

OKLAHOMA    

Michael Van Eaton                                           

President                                                                    

Cacy Van Eaton                                                

Vice President

Susan Van Eaton

Secretary-Treasurer

Van Eaton Ready Mix

Shawnee, OK

 

OREGON                      

Marshall Doyle                                                

President                                                                    

Cal-Cert Company                                            

Clackamas, OR                         

 

PENNSYLVANIA           

Ethan Wendle                                                 

Co-Founder and CEO                                        

Matthew Chverchko                                        

Co-Founder and COO

DiamondBack Automotive Accessories

Phillipsburg, PA

 

PUERTO RICO  

Marie Rosado Collado                          

President                                                                    

Angel Rosado

Vice President

3A Press Corp.

Lajas, Puerto Rico

 

RHODE ISLAND

Justin Oakley

Owner/Occupational Therapist

Michael Vieira

Owner, MA & RI Licensed Contractor

Oakley Home Access

Narragansett, RI

 

SOUTH CAROLINA       

Adam Huneau                                                 

Owner, Founder and CEO

Alodia’s Cucina Italiana

Lexington, SC

 

SOUTH DAKOTA                      

Derek  DeGeest                                   

President

DeGeest Steel Works

Tea, SD

 

TENNESSEE    

Larry Schmittou                                                           

President

L&S Family Entertainment

Hendersonville, TN

 

TEXAS              

Christi Bond                                                    

Co-Founder/President                                     

Ragan Bond

Co-Founder/Vice President

Independence Coffee

Brenham, TX

 

UTAH  

Vivien Bohme                                                              

Owner and CEO                                                            

Fernanda Bohme

Owner and Designer

Bohme

Sandy, Utah

 

VERMONT                   

Steven Gagner                                                             

Owner/Founder

14th Star Brewing Company

St. Albans, VT

 

VIRGINIA                     

Roberto Ortiz

President/CEO

AVMAC, LLC

Chesapeake, VA

 

WASHINGTON 

Ross Black                                                                                                                   

Founder/CEO                                                               

Simple Box Storage                                                      

Lynden, WA

 

WEST VIRGINIA

Michael Mills

Managing Principal

Mills Group

Morgantown, WV

 

WISCONSIN 

Stacy Tuschl                                                                 

President                                                                    

The Academy of Performing Arts-Oak Creek and Franklin

Oak Creek, Wisconsin

 

WYOMING      

Ryan Gregory                                                              

President                                                                                

Wyoming Roofing

Sheridan, WY

 

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