SBA Names 2016 Small Business Persons of the Year for the Abilene Area

Release Date: 
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Release Number: 
16-07
Contact: 
Kim Hobgood

(Abilene, TX)—The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has named Jason and Joy Beard of Cordell’s as the 2016 Small Business Person of the Year for the Abilene Area.  Jason and Joy Beard, owners of Cordell’s attribute their success to being open, honest and upfront with their customers and believe that this has been the key to growing their customer base.  They also attribute their success to the encouraging and sound business advice from Judy Wilhelm, Director of the Texas Tech University Small Business Development Center at Abilene, Texas.

Cordell’s is a specialty gourmet shop that carries various types and flavors of oils, spices and specialty foods from different areas of the world.  They also offer cooking classes and catering services for special events.

“Jason and Joy Beard of Cordell’s are being honored for their achievements as successful entrepreneurs, whose innovation and determination have helped boost the economy of our state and contribute to our nation’s economic growth.  We look forward to honoring them during Small Business Week” said Calvin Davis, SBA’s Lubbock – West Texas District Director.