Press release 23-14

Administrator Guzman Announces 2023 State Small Business Persons of the Year

WASHINGTONAdministrator Isabella Casillas Guzman, head of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and voice in President Biden’s Cabinet for America’s 33 million small businesses, announced today the 2023 Small Business Persons of the Year from each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.

The winners will be recognized on Sunday, April 30 and Monday, May 1 during the National Small Business Week awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. At the event, one of the state/territory winners will be announced as the 2023 National Small Business Person of the Year.

“Our 2023 State Small Business Persons of the Year have given their all to achieve their American dream — to own and build a strong, resilient business; create jobs; increase competition and innovation and power America’s historic economic recovery,” said Administrator Guzman. “These incredible entrepreneurs show the vibrancy and grit of our nation’s small businesses. From Main Street to manufacturing hubs and tech centers, they are powering our economy. We hope their stories inspire and motivate the next generation of entrepreneurs.”

National Small Business Week will be held from April 30-May 6, 2023. For more information about NSBW, please visit

2023 National Small Business Persons of the Year are:



Name of Business 



Daryl Thomas 

Thomas Accounting & Income Tax Service, LLC 

Selma, AL 


Amie Sommer 

Tutka, LLC 

Wasilla, AK 


Jonathan Woodruff 

ORSA Technologies, LLC 

Scottsdale, AZ 


Sean Beavers 

Graylee Construction and Demolition, LLC 

Austin, AR 


Jared Malapit, Erik Wright, & Karl Vaillancourt 

Precision Construction Services 

San Luis Obispo, CA 


Amy Carnrick 

Foster Plumbing

Denver, CO 


Dennis Nash 

Control Station, Inc. 

Manchester, CT 


Jonathan Urquhart, Monika Urquhart, & Andreas Janke

Bavarian Bakery and Deli 

Dover, DE 

District of Columbia 

Lonye Ford & Arlene Wube 

Arlo Solutions 

Washington, DC 


Karina Doracio & Luis Contreras 


Miami, FL  


Ken Taunton 

The Royster Group, Inc. 

Atlanta, GA 


Jonathan Montalbo 

Aloha Termite & Pest Control 

Kapolei, HI 


Taveesak "Dang" Chanthasuthisombut 

Dang's Thai Cuisine & Sushi Bar 

Hailey, ID 


Kathleen McShane  

Begin Within Therapy Services, PC 

Chicago, IL 


Haskell D. Portee

Professional Management Enterprises 

Indianapolis, IN 


Aaron Warner 

ProCircular, Inc.

Coralville, IA 


Jordan Michael Harris 

Harris Dream Clean, LLC 

Wichita, KS 


David Dafoe 


 Louisville, KY 


Karen Williams 

NOLA Steele Fabrication & Erection, LLC

Harvey, LA 


Carolyn Delaney 

Journey Magazine 

Portland, ME 


Lois Gamerman 

Soft Stuff Distributors, Inc. 

Jessup, MD 


Kelly & Jim Sullivan 

Millennium Press 

Agawam, MA 


Todd Lotzer 

Prime Packaging Solutions 

Livonia, MI 


Abdirahman Kahin 

Afro Deli & Grill 

St Paul, MN 


Nick Wallace 

Nick Wallace Culinary

Jackson, MS 


Luis Allan Arias 

Compass Roofing, LLC 

Kansas City, MO  


Neli & Dimitar Nikolov 

The Corral Burger and Lodge 

Gardiner, MT 


Rachel Daly 

Innovative Rx

Kearney, NE 


Juanny Romero 

Mothership Coffee Roasters 

Las Vegas, NV 

New Hampshire 

Nancy and John Wilbur  

Wilbur Technical Services 

Mont Vernon, NH 

New Jersey 

Lauren Borawski 

Child's Play Challenge Courses 

Scotch Plains, NJ 

New Mexico 

Chauling “Lynn” Armijo 

Four Winds Mechanical HTC/AC, Inc. 

Albuquerque, NM 

New York 

Joshua Schmieder 

JOSH Landscape Co.

Honeoye Falls, NY 

North Carolina 

Michael McWhorter 


Burgaw, NC 

North Dakota 

Matthew & Jesse Faul 

Red E, LLC 

Fargo, ND 


Jeanna Hondel 

Ascension Construction Solutions 

Columbus, OH 


Mike Bausch 

Andolini’s Worldwide 

Tulsa, OK 


Lisa Schroeder 

Mother's Bistro & Bar 

Portland, OR 


Melinda Nearhoof 

Annie’s Flooring and Commercial Services 

Meadville, PA 

Puerto Rico 

Carlos E. Bonilla-Colon 

DUI, Inc. 

Guayama, PR 

Rhode Island 

Craig Pickell 

Bullard Abrasives, Inc. 

Lincoln, RI 

South Carolina 

Jennifer Megliore 

ArtWare, Inc. 

Hilton Head Island, SC 

South Dakota 

Denise Cotter & Michelle Marino 

Houndstooth House, LLC 

Sioux Falls, SD 


Dr. Jonathan Scott Huitink 

Compass Pediatrics 

Gallatin, TN 


Brandi Harleaux 

South Post Oak Recycling Center 

Houston, TX 


David D. Mineer, Jr. 

Construction Monitor, LLC 

Cedar City, UT 


Christopher and Cortney Keene

Keene Perspectives 

White River Junction, VT 


Sharon Hamer 

Akiak Technology 

Alexandria, VA 


Jennifer Weddermann 

Weddermann Architecture 

Tacoma, WA 

West Virginia 

Anthony & Heather Wheeler 

Paris Signs 

Huntington, WV 


Steven, Peggi, & Chuck Potter 

Arctic Compressor, LLC

Superior, WI 


Rachel Kalenberg & Ariane Jimison 

Pizza Carrello 

Gillette, WY 

For additional information about this year’s Small Business Persons of the Year, please see here:


Co-sponsorship Authorization# 23-1-C The SBA’s participation in this cosponsored activity is not an endorsement of the views, opinions, products or services of any cosponsor or other person or entity. All SBA programs and services are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis.


About National Small Business Week

For 60 years, the President of the United States has issued a proclamation announcing National Small Business Week recognizing the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners. More than half of Americans either own or work for a small business and create about two out of every three new jobs in the U.S. each year. As part of National Small Business Week, the U.S. Small Business Administration takes the opportunity to highlight the impact of outstanding entrepreneurs, small business owners and others from all 50 states and U.S. territories. Every day, they’re working to grow small businesses, create 21st century jobs, drive innovation, and increase America’s global competitiveness. And in recognizing the changing face of America, the SBA’s National Small Business Week awards honor individuals and businesses that reflect our nation’s rich diversity.

About the U.S. Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration helps power the American dream of business ownership. As the only go-to resource and voice for small businesses backed by the strength of the federal government, the SBA empowers entrepreneurs and small business owners with the resources and support they need to start, grow, expand their businesses, or recover from a declared disaster. It delivers services through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. To learn more, visit

Related programs: NSBW

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