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Jeni Merrill, Merrill, Inc., SBA’s 2014 Wyoming Small Business Person of the Year, Competes for National Award in Washington, DC

Release Date: 
Friday, May 16, 2014
Release Number: 
Advisory Number: 
Sharon Nichols 307-261-6508

Wyoming –  Jennifer Merrill, owner of Merrill, Inc. a woman-owned Class A General Contracting Company located in Cheyenne, Wyoming specializing in site excavation, underground utilities, road construction and building construction has been selected as the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)  Wyoming Small Business Person of the Year for 2014.   “Behind every small business there is a story worth knowing,” said Deb Farris, Business Opportunity Specialist, SBA Wyoming District Office.  “The growth Merrill, Inc. has experienced can be attributed to Jeni’s perseverance, the respect and loyalty she demonstrates to her employees and her wisdom in utilizing the resources of not only the SBA but the Wyoming Procurement Technical Assistance Center as well.”

Jeni Merrill founded Merrill, Inc. in 1991 but kept her day job to pay the bills for many years, and worked her business at night.  Merrill has increased revenues from $1.8 million in 2008 to over $13.8 million in 2013.  A growing construction firm, Merrill, Inc. employed 15 people during the 2008 construction season and 42 people during 2013.  Their year-round work force remains steady at 26 people. This company also provided over $4 million in subcontracting opportunities to other firms during 2013.

Every year the SBA chooses its Small Business Person of the Year in each state and territory.  The awards recognize business owners and key executives in small businesses for their outstanding achievements and successes in their businesses and also their contributions to the nation.  Merrill, Inc. was honored along with small businesses throughout the country this week where a national level Small Business Person of the Year winner will be announced on May 16th.

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For more information about SBA’s programs for small businesses, call (307) 261-6500 or TDY (307) 261-6527 or visit the SBA’s extensive website at www.sba.gov/wy.

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