SBA Administrator Honors Nation’s Top Small Businesses

National Winner to be formally recognized in Washington, D.C., May 8
Release Date: 
Monday, April 6, 2015
Release Number: 
15-22
Contact: 
Terry Sutherland 202-205-6919

WASHINGTON – Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet, 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. A panel is currently reviewing all the packages and a national winner and two runners-up will be selected and announced at a future date.  The national winner will be recognized as the 2015 National Small Business Person of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration this year in Washington, D.C., May 8. 

“It is my pleasure and honor to announce the 54 winners.  Competition was extremely keen across the nation for these prestigious awards. I couldn’t be any prouder than recognizing these outstanding entrepreneurs and small business owners, they represent the backbone of our economy. Small businesses created nearly 2 million of the roughly 3 million private-sector jobs generated in 2014.  More than 7 million of the 11 million jobs created during our recovery have been generated by startups and small enterprises,” said Contreras-Sweet.

Each year since 1963, the president has issued a proclamation calling for the celebration of National Small Business Week. This year National Small Business Week will be recognized from May 4-8 with national events planned in Miami, Los Angeles, San Antonio, New York and Washington, D.C. 
 

2015 Small Business Person of the Year Winners
 

ALABAMA

Donna Coleman

CEO/President                                               

Aetos Systems, Inc.

ALASKA

Renee L. Schofield    

CEO                                                                                       

TSS, Inc.

 

2/2/2 SBPOY Winners

 

ARIZONA

Michael T. Melton                                                                  

President/Owner

ClearCall Solutions LLC

ARKANSAS

Joel T. Johnson                                                                       

President

P.I. Roofing

CALIFORNIA

Brian L. Milholland                                                   

President                                                                                

Milholland Electric, Inc.        

COLORADO

Teresa L. Porter                                                                      

President & CEO                                                                   

ISYS Technologies

CONNECTICUT

Michael Smulders                                                                  

President

Garden of Light, Inc.

Dba Bakery on Main

DELAWARE

Joseph B. Winemiller                                                 

President                                                                                

Greenleaf  Services, Inc.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

Necole Parker                                                             

CEO & Founder

The ELOCEN Group LLC

FLORIDA

Carol M. Craig                                                                       

Founder and CEO                                                                 

Craig Technologies

GEORGIA  

Scott Soesbee                                                             

CEO/Founder                                                            

FlameOff Coatings, Inc.

 

3/3/3 SBPOY Winners

 

GUAM 

Francis Kenney                                                                      

Co-Owner/Executive

Timothy Murphy

Co-Owner/Operations

Jamaico, Inc.

Dba Jamaican Grill                                   

HAWAII

Russell Ruderman

President

Island Naturals Market, Inc; Island Naturals Kona, Inc. and Island Naturals Pahoa, Inc.               

IDAHO

Patrick Nauman                                                                     

Owner                                                            

Weiser Classic Candy

ILLINOIS

John H. Griffin Jr.                                                                  

President/CEO                                                                       

AGB Investigative Services, Inc.      

INDIANA

Christopher Shane Conner   

Owner/President

Advanced Technologies in Electrical

& Communications, Inc.                                   

IOWA

Deb David                                                                             

CEO                                                                                       

Sisters Homestyle Entrees                                               

KANSAS

Philip M. Brokenicky                                                 

President/CEO                                                                       

New Horizons RV Corporation

KENTUCKY

Scott L. Shinn                                                                                    

President/CEO                                                                                   

Sustainment Solutions, Inc.

 

4/4/4 SBPOY Winners

 

LOUISIANA

Todd Matherne                                                                      

CEO, Publisher

Renaissance Publishing

MAINE

Heidi V. Neal

Owner

Loyal Biscuit Co.

MARYLAND

Sophia Parker                                                             

CEO                                                                                       

DS Federal, Inc.

MASSACHUSETTS

Todd Snopkowski                                                                  

Founder and President                                                           

Snapchef Culinary Training and Staffing      

MICHIGAN

Pat LeBlanc                                                                           

Chairman                                                                                

EBW Electronics, Inc.

MINNESOTA

James F. Kruse

Co-Owner/Visionary

Melissa M. Kelley

Co-Owner/General Manager

J.F. Kruse Jewelers           

MISSISSIPPI

Willie A. O’Neal Jr.

Derek Starling Sr.

Principals

SOL Engineering Services LLC                                                        

MISSOURI

Alan R. Doan

President

Sarah B. Galbraith

Board Director

Missouri Star Quilt Company, Inc.

 

5/5/5 SBPOY Winners

MONTANA

Rich Naylor                                                                            

Founder and President

My Handyman Service & Construction, Inc.

NEBRASKA

Scott Mueller                                                             

President/CEO

Samson LLC                       

NEVADA

Chad McCullough                                                             

President

Elite Media, Inc.

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Scott Johnson                                                             

President/CEO                                                                       

SOS Parts LLC

Dba Certified Retail Solutions

NEW JERSEY

Michael Miqueli

President/CEO

San Antonio Broker Services, Inc.

NEW MEXICO

Richard Jackson                                                                                                         

CEO/Founder                                                            

American Document Services LLC

NEW YORK

Charles Feit                                                                            

CEO

OnForce Solar, Inc.                                                                      

NORTH CAROLINA

Jeff B. Slosman                                                          

President                                                                    

National Wiper Alliance        

NORTH DAKOTA

Paula Klein                                                                             

Owner – Project Champion                                       

Smartt Interior Construction LLC

 

6/6/6 SBPOY Winners

 

OHIO

Matt Fish                                                                                

Owner/President                                                                    

Melt Bar and Grilled, Inc.

OKLAHOMA

Brett Bain

President/Co-Founder                                                

Brian Edwards                                                                       

President/Co-Founder                                                                        

FairWind LLC                                                           

OREGON

Robert W. Powell                                                                  

President/Owner

Fab-Tech Manufacturing, Inc.

PENNSYLVANIA

Joseph G. Zidik                                                                      

President and CEO                                                                

Custom Milling & Consulting, Inc. (CMC)               

PUERTO RICO

Frank Medina-Rivera

President & CEO

Vita Natura

RHODE ISLAND

Christopher Ciunci                                                                 

CEO                                                                                       

TribalVision LLC

SOUTH CAROLINA

Melissa Allen Gladden                                                          

President                                                                                

Carolina Recruitment LLC

SOUTH DAKOTA

Sean M. Coffman                                                                                          

Owner/CEO                                                               

Carsforsale.com, Inc.

TENNESSEE

Dr. Edward S. Glaser                                                

Founder & CEO

Sole Supports, Inc.

 

7/7/7 SBPOY Winners
 

TEXAS

David F. Shutler                                                                    

President & CEO                                                                   

Utility Systems Solutions, Inc.                      

UTAH

Cory R. Robison

CEO/Manager

Stonehenge Care

VERMONT

Monica A. Greene                                                                              

President & CEO                                                                               

Vermont Precision Tools                    

VIRGIN ISLANDS

Linda Bailey                                                              

Owner

Soul Creations, Inc.

VIRGINIA  

Paul T. Patterson                                                                    

CEO                                                                                       

Generation Solutions Holdings, Inc.

WASHINGTON

Lori J. Blades

President/Founder

Kids ‘N Us Early Learning Academy                                        

WEST VIRGINIA   

Jeannette Lee King                                                    

President & CEO                                                                   

Strategic Resolution Experts, Inc.                                         

WISCONSIN

Daniel Sidner                                                             

Owner

Joseph Muench

Chef/Owner

Black Shoe Hospitality
 

8/8/8 SBPOY Winners
 

WYOMING   

Jack Bedessem                                                                       

President/CEO                                                                                   

Keith Marcott

Executive Vice President

Craig Carlson

Vice President

Trihydro Corporation

 

###