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Women entrepreneurs to dominate VT awards ceremony June 11

Release Date: 
Wednesday, June 10, 2015

MONTPELIER, Vt. –The Vermont Small Business Awards Ceremony June 11 at the Shelburne Museum Pizzagalli Center marks the first time the majority of recipients are women entrepreneurs.

Five of the six companies being recognized are owned and operated by women. Each one is receiving an award for employment growth, financial success, company expansion and community involvement. 

Receiving the top award is Monica Greene, President and CEO of Vermont Precision Tools in Swanton. Vermont Precision Tools manufactures detailed specific tools, including rods and gages, used in the automotive, medical and aeronautic industries.  Greene oversees more than 300 employees.

“Monica is most definitely deserving of this prestigious award,” said Darcy Carter, SBA Vermont District Office Director. “Her company has grown in every way imaginable. Since 2004, Vermont Precision Tools has added nearly 200 employees and increased its production space three-fold. Vermont is very fortunate to have her as an economic leader.”

Governor Peter Shumlin is slated to present Greene the Vermont Small Business Person of the Year award during the ceremony.

The four other women being recognized are Dawn Russell, owner of Artisan Web and Print in Brattleboro, receiving the Micro-Enterprise of the Year; Allison Wright, owner of OWL food in Brattleboro, receiving Young Entrepreneur of the Year; Amy Mattinat, owner of Auto Craftsmen in Montpelier, receiving Woman-Owned Business of the Year; and Kelly Conklin, President of Gordon's Window Décor in Williston, receiving the Family-Owned Business of the Year.

“I think there is a perception that women face too many challenges and lack too many opportunities to be in business.  Women can be very successful here in Vermont, and these five women have proved it,” said Carter.

Conklin’s father Gordon Clements, founder and owner of Gordon's Window Décor, is also being recognized. Bill Hanf, owner of Green Mountain Avionics in Middlebury, is receiving the Veteran-Owned Business of the Year.

Recent Vermont Small Business Person of the Year recipients include Switchback Brewing Co., Pete’s Greens and Dealer.com. The Small Business Administration Vermont District Office has awarded Small Business Person of the Year annually since 1967.

The ceremony hosted by the Small Business Administration and Vermont Business Magazine is from 4 to 7 p.m. The awards presentation begins at 5:45 p.m.

For more information, call 802-828-4422.