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Tennessee Small Business Winners Announced—Henson Trucking LLC of Bolivar Receives Veteran Small Business Award

Release Date: 
Thursday, May 29, 2014
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Advisory Date: 
Thursday, June 12, 2014
David Tiller


News Release

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Release Date:  May 29, 2014

Contact:  David Tiller, Public Information Officer

(615) 736-7176

Release Number: 0474-6

Internet Address: http://www.sba.gov/tn

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Tennessee Small Business Winners Announced—Henson Trucking LLC of Bolivar Receives Veteran Small Business Award


Nashville, Tennessee – Tennessee small businesses received the highest recognition by the U.S. Small Business Administration in the Volunteer State as they were proclaimed  SBA Champions, Business Advocates  and Entrepreneurs of the year.  Every year since 1963, the U.S. Small Business Administration takes the opportunity to highlight through National Small Business Week the impact of outstanding entrepreneurs, small business owners, and others from all 50 states and U.S territories.


“These award winners represent the many excellent small businesses and small business lenders that we have statewide”, said Walter Perry, District Director of SBA’s Tennessee District Office.  “All across Tennessee, our hard working award winners are the very best at what they do,” said Perry. “SBA is proud of our partnership and pleased to honor these award winners for their role in helping small businesses start up, grow and succeed in the Volunteer State.”


In Bolivar, Roger Henson and his wife, Shirley, will receive the Veteran Small Business Person of the Year Award on Monday, June 16th at an event hosted by the Hardeman County Chamber of Commerce.  Ron Acree, Executive Director of the Tennessee Small Business Development Center in Jackson, and Barrett Stevens, Mayor of Bolivar, along with County Mayor, Willie Spencer, nominated the Henson’s for this prestigious award. Mayor Stevens noted, “Roger Henson Trucking has continuously supported community endeavors that enhance and help our small community be a better place, in so doing, Mr. Henson has been the epitome of the hard-charging veteran business owner and the community-minded corporate citizen.”  Henson Trucking LLC is one of the largest employers in the county, with over 100 employees, and still growing.


The Tennessee SBA Small Business Week Award winners for 2014 are:


Veteran-Owned Small Business Person of the Year – Roger and Shirley Henson, Henson Trucking Company,  Bolivar, TN


Small Business Person of the Year – Tracy Solomon, Founder & CEO, TEVET, LLC, Greeneville, TN.


Financial Services Champion of the Year – John Clark, President/CEO, First State Bank, Union City, TN


Lender Advocate of the Year --Tyler Ryan, Business Development Officer, SBA Division, US Bank, Nashville, TN


Home-Based Business Champion of the Year – Shebarbara Best-Everette, Words from the Heart Publishing Co., Fort Campbell, KY


Women in Business Champion of the Year –  Felecia Tettleton, Felecia Bella, Inc., Rutherford, TN


Entrepreneurial Success Award –  John L. Pointer, Sears Hometown Store, Columbia, TN


Small Business Exporter of the Year –  Tim Miller, Miller Recycling,  Newport, TN


Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Zone Small Business of the YearLisa Bisese, Street Legal Industries, Oak Ridge, TN.


Rural Small Business of the Year—Bob McCurdy, McCurdy Sod Farms, Dyer, TN


8(a) Business Development Program Graduate of the Year –  Alfred Washington, Top Notch Security, Memphis, TN


Minority Small Business Champion of the Year—Bubba Miller, B. Miller Recycling, Franklin, TN.



Lender Award honors Lender Award honors for SBA loans in the Tennessee District for Fiscal Year 2013 include:



The SBA was established in 1953 to help people get in business, stay in business, and grow their businesses. For more information on U.S. Small Business Administration guaranteed loans and counseling & training activities, visit the Tennessee District Office’s website at www.sba.gov/tn or call 615-736-5881.