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LIVE from Small Business Week: Interview with National Winner

By NOsburn
Published: May 20, 2011 Updated: May 20, 2011

We caught up with the just-announced National Small Business Person of the Year: Rick Cochran, Mobile Medical International Corporation, of Vermont.  His business manufactures portable health care systems for our military, emergency response, and commercial use.  In 2008, his business only made $9,835.  In 2010, it grew to make $1.68 million.  Here is what he said:

Rick Cochran, National Small Business Person of the Year 2011

Congratulations. How does it feel?!

Overwhelming.  Exciting.  We've worked so many years to do this.  It's great to have the visibility of this so that we can [continue to] make a difference.

What advice do you have for other small buisness owners out there?

A lot of people are thinking about "should I" or "shouldn't I."  I'm Mr. Go-For-It.  Be passionate.  Follow your dreams.  And I'm a strong advocate of SBA in helping them do that.

What's the future of your business look like?

This is very encouraging.


That's it for us from "LIVE from Small Business Week."  Keep up with the SBA on Twitter and Facebook... and of course, here at the Official SBA Blog

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Its pretty amazing to go from making $9,000 in sales to 1.7 million in 2 years. I wish I could do that.
What a fantastic achievement and an real inspiration!
Nice!! Great Ifo. Great People. Great Blog. Thank you for all the great sharing that is being done here.

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