SBA Announces 2016 Nevada Small Business Award Winners

Release Date: 
Monday, March 14, 2016
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Contact: Judith Hepburn, (775)827-4923, Email:

LLas Vegas, NV – The Nevada District office of the U. S. Small Business Administration has selected its small business award honorees for 2016. Winners will be recognized at a luncheon on May 4th in Las Vegas. The event will take place at 11:30 a.m. at the Gold Coast Hotel.

Bradley Burdsall, owner of The Egg Works and Egg & I, has been named SBA’s Small Business Person of the Year for the State of Nevada.   Burdsall will now compete with winners from all other states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands for the national award. This year marks the 63rd anniversary of the SBA, and the 53rd annual proclamation of Small Business Week. The national winner will be recognized as the 2016 National Small Business Person of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration this year in Washington, D.C. in May. 

Others being honored at the awards function in Las Vegas include:

Minority Owned Business of the Year:  Enrique Villar-Mendez, President, Radio Active Productions, Las Vegas;

Women Owned Business of the Year:  Jennifer DeHaven, President and CEO, Millenium Staffing Solutions, Las Vegas;

FFamily Owned Business of the Year: Robert and Danielle Quirk, Owners, Lincoln Heating and Air, Reno;  

Veteran Owned Business of the Year: Robert Daniel, President, Pridestaff, Las Vegas;

Rural Business of the Year: Rick and Ann Lattin, Owners, Lattin Farms, Fallon;

Microenterprise Business of the Year: Jarrod Mesloh, Nevada Tannery, Fallon;

Entrepreneurial Spirit Award: David Croasdell,  Hopping Professor of Entrepreneurship, University of Nevada, Reno.

Young Entrepreneur of the Year: Randi Hecht, Owner, Intellitext, Reno;

8(a) Graduate of the Year: Brian Howard, President, DS3Tek, Las Vegas;

Women’s Business Advocate of the Year: Leanna Jenkins, Director, Nevada Women’s Business Center, Nevada Business Opportunity Fund;

Small Business Advocate Lifetime Achievement Award: Bob Cushman, SCORE Counselor, Las Vegas.

The nominees are judged on a variety of criteria including staying power, growth in number of employees, increase in sales, financial reports, innovative products or services, response to adversity, evidence of contributions to community-oriented projects and small business advocacy.

Egg Works: Brad Burdsall has been in the restaurant business for over 25 years. In 1998 he purchased the Egg & I restaurant in Las Vegas and additional restaurants became Egg Works. Burdsall spent the next eight years, as a hands-on operator/owner/kitchen manager, developing his own recipes, menus and putting operating procedures in place. As a result, the business sales tripled.

Once he had perfected the business model, Burdsall was in a great position to begin the expansion of his chain of restaurants. In 2005, he opened a second location with the help of SBA financing. The restaurant industry took a beating during the recession, and Burdsall slowed his growth plans, weathered the storm and when the economy improved, was ready to grow. A third restaurant was opened – and now the Egg Works chain includes a total of six. 

Expansion also included a warehouse that houses the corporate headquarters and commercial kitchen that produces food, seasonings and sauces for the six restaurants.

Burdsall’s family friendly restaurants have become a popular destination for local Nevadans and the many visitors to Las Vegas.

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District Office, U.S. Small Business Administration

300 South Fourth St., Suite 400, Las Vegas, NV 89101.


Reno Office, U.S. Small Business Administration

300 Booth St., Ste. 3065, Reno, NV 89509