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Spokane Window Cleaning Franchise Named 2017 SBA Seattle District Encore Entrepreneur of the Year

Fish Window Cleaning Takes Top Honors, Celebration to Recognize All Local SBA Award Winners May 2 in Seattle
Release Date: 
Thursday, April 6, 2017
Contact: 
Joel Nania joel.nania@sba.gov (509) 353-2810

SEATTLE – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) 2017 Seattle District Encore Entrepreneur of the Year is Fish Window Cleaning in Spokane, Washington.  Founded in 2014 by Tim and Linda Turner, Fish Window Cleaning offers residential and commercial window cleaning in eastern Washington.

During its first year, the company signed more than 500 new accounts, and by the end of the second year they doubled their annual revenue. The franchise has been recognized at the parent company’s national convention with a Rising Star Award and a  2015 and 2016 Pinnacle Award for growing revenue $100,000 from the previous year. And for three years running, they are in the top 25 percent of Fish Window Cleaning franchisees for new accounts.

“This franchise is a fine example of the enduring entrepreneurial spirit,” SBA Seattle District Director Kerrie Hurd said. “Tim Turner has already had a full career, and still wanted to do more after attending an SBA-hosted franchise workshop. It’s great to see how he has used that knowledge to start and grow his own successful franchise.”

The SBA Encore Entrepreneur Award – part of National Small Business Week in May – recognizes a business owner who started a business after the age of 50 and has had at least three years of successful growth, has innovative or creative business methods, and shows the potential for future growth.

“For me, being an entrepreneur is about the excitement of building the business. The fact that we’ve been able to grow as fast as we have is the thing I like best,” Fish Window Cleaning Co-Owner Tim Turner said. “I have a whole bunch of friends now, I just happen to clean their windows. I enjoy the challenge of winning over people’s confidence that we are going to be able to deliver a service they’re happy about for a price they’re happy about. We want to become their favorite window cleaner.”

Turner worked in the grocery industry for 20 years and then spent another 13 years working for Hewlett-Packard. When the company went through a major resizing in 2012, Turner decided to start looking for his next venture, and in 2014, started his own business at the age of 55. In three years, Fish Window Cleaning added six employees, grew revenue to more than $330,000, and successfully signed up more than 1,500 new accounts.

“National Small Business Week is a time to recognize the impact small business has on our country,” Hurd said. “It’s a chance to celebrate the dedicated, hard-working small business owners who are using innovation to create jobs and make a difference in our local communities.”

A celebration honoring local SBA winners from Washington and the SBA Seattle District – which serves the state of Washington and northern Idaho – will be May 2. Other SBA local awards that will be recognized at the celebration include Small Business Person of the Year, Exporter of the Year, Family-Owned Business of the Year, 8(a) Graduate of the Year, Financial Services Advocate of the Year and Small Business Advocate of the Year.

Each year since 1963, the President has issued a proclamation calling for the celebration of National Small Business Week. The SBA recognizes outstanding small business owners for their personal successes and contributions to our nation.

This year, National Small Business Week is April 30-May 6. For more information about National Small Business Week, visit www.sba.gov/nsbw.           

About the SBA Seattle District Office:

The SBA Seattle District serves the state of Washington and northern Idaho with locations in Seattle and Spokane, Washington. SBA Seattle District staff provide resources and services in three areas referred to as “the three C’s” – counseling, capital and contracting. Visit www.sba.gov/wa for more information including resource partners, lenders, workshops, success stories and other resources to help business start, grow and succeed.

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