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SBA Administrator Honors Nation’s Top Small Businesses

Winners to be formally recognized in Washington, D.C. on May 1-2
Release Date: 
Monday, March 14, 2016
Release Number: 
16-17
Contact: 
Terry Sutherland 202-205-6919

WASHINGTON – Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet, the head of the U.S. Small Business Administration, announced today this year’s Small Business Person of the Year winners from the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands. All of the winners have been invited to attend ceremonies in Washington, D.C on May 1-2 where they will be awarded their individual awards along with recognition of the runners-up and the naming of the 2016 National Small Business Person of the Year. 

In making the announcement, SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet said: “It is my distinct pleasure and honor to announce the 54 winners from across the U.S. and her territories.  These small business owners represent the best of the best and showcase daily their entrepreneurial spirit and what it takes to be successful in today’s evolving and competitive business environment.”

Each year since 1963, the president has issued a proclamation calling for the celebration of National Small Business Week.  National Small Business Week is set as the first week in May, and this year the dates are May 1-7 with national events planned in Washington, D.C., New York City, Atlanta, Denver, Phoenix and San Jose and Oakland, California.

“There are more than 28 million small businesses serving as the economic engine of our country, employing half of the private sector and creating two out of three net new jobs.  If our small business sector was a country, its output would rank number three above Germany and Japan.  I’m looking forward to welcoming these talented entrepreneurs to their nation’s capital and celebrating their stories to shine a light on American ingenuity and innovation.”

2016 Small Business Person of the Year Winners

ALABAMA              

Xiomara Hernandez Bracken                         

Owner                                                                        

Bouncing Parties, Inc.                                              

 

ALASKA                              

Connie Core-Dubay                                                   

CEO/Owner

Cold Spot Feeds, Inc.

 

ARIZONA                            

Paul A. Smiley                                                                                   

President                                                                                

Sonoran Technology and Professional                       

Services, LLC                                                            

 

ARKANSAS            

Regina Renee Radke                                                 

CEO                                                                                       

Wade Stuart Radke                                                   

COO                                                                                      

Galley Support Innovations

 

CALIFORNIA                     

Helen Margaret Russell                                                                                  

Co-Founder and CEO                                               

Brooke Jean McDonnell                                            

Co-Founder and President

Equator Coffees and Teas, Inc.

 

COLORADO           

Reed Howard Silberman                                           

Founder/CEO                                                            

Ink Monstr                                                                             

 

CONNECTICUT                

Peter Newman                                                           

CEO                                                                                       

Victoria Newman                                                                   

Executive Director

Greenwich Education Group

 

DELAWARE                       

Chris J. Bisaha                                                                       

Joseph A. Baker                                                                                 

Co-Owners

Henlopen City Oyster House

 

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA                                                                     

Robert C. Palmer                                                                   

CEO                                                                                       

Creative Business Solutions, Inc.

 

FLORIDA                

Sherry L. Acanfora-Ruohomaki                                

Owner/President                                                                    

K9 Kampus LLC                                                                   

 

GEORGIA   

Catherine A. Downey                                                

CEO                                                                                       

CATMEDIA, Inc.                                                                 

 

GUAM                      

David J. John                                                             

President                                                                                

ASC Trust Corporation

 

HAWAII                   

Raymond Jardine Jr.                                                  

Chairman & CEO                                                                  

Native Hawaiian Veterans, LLC                               

 

IDAHO                      

Enrique F. Contreras                                                  

Ana M. Paz

Owners

Conpaz Inc. dba Enrique’s Mexican Restaurant

 

ILLINOIS                 

Dwayne Steven Jackson                                            

President & CEO                                                                   

Software Tech Enterprises, Inc.

 

INDIANA

Baziel W. Vrient                                                                    

President                                                                                

Albert W. Vrient

Operations Manager

Agdia, Inc.

 

IOWA            

Anthony D. Halsted                                                  

Owner                                                                        

Hoover’s Hatchery Co., LLC                                    

 

KANSAS                  

Roger Lee Ward III

Dana Marie Ward

Owners

Great Day Moving (Marathon Moving & Delivery LLC)

 

KENTUCKY                       

David Allen Dafoe                                                    

Founder/CEO                                                            

8th Street Ventures                                                     

Dba Flavorman, dba Distilled Spirits                      

Epicenter                             

 

LOUISIANA

Angela O’Byrne                                                                     

President/Owner                                                                    

Perez, APC

 

MAINE                                 

Margo Walsh                                                              

Owner                                                                        

Maine Works LLC                                                     

 

MARYLAND                       

Patrick Babasola Munis                                             

CEO                                                                                       

NewWave Telecom & Technologies, Inc.

 

MASSACHUSETTS                                                                                   

Robert Jacob George                                                             

Founder, President and CEO                                                

StratComm, Inc.                                                                                

 

MICHIGAN             

Russell Beaver                                                           

President                                                                                

RB Construction Company                                       

 

MINNESOTA                      

Gloria Jean Freeman                                                  

CEO                                                                                       

Olu’s Home/Olu’s Center                                          

 

MISSISSIPPI                       

Mike Pornovets

Owner

Everything Kayak LLC

 

MISSOURI               

David Laurence Bailey

Founder & President

Baileys’ Restaurants

 

MONTANA              

Greg Thayer                                                               

CEO                                                                                       

Eugene Thayer                                                                       

Director

Montana Merchandising, Inc.                        

Dba Montana Milling, Inc.

 

NEBRASKA            

Yolanda F. Diaz                                                                     

Member/Owner                                                                      

Little Miss Fashion LLC                                            

 

NEVADA                 

Bradley J. Burdsall

Owner and Operator

The Egg Works

 

NEW HAMPSHIRE            

Elie El-Chalfoun                                                        

Owner/Operator

Mega-X

 

NEW JERSEY                     

Charles Olivo                                                             

Founder and Principal                                    

Stonefield Engineering and Design LLC

 

NEW MEXICO  

Karl S. Halpert                                                           

President & CEO                                                       

Private Label Select Ltd. Co.                        

 

NEW YORK

Tammy Ann Loewy                                       

Wynde Kate Reese

Owners

Green Goddess Foods LLC

 

NORTH CAROLINA

Charles Ashton Creech

President

Thomas Howard Chappell

Vice President – Maintenance

Plus Team

NS Aviation, LLC dba North State Aviation

 

NORTH DAKOTA

Jon Simmers                                                                           

CEO                                                                                                   

Bismarck Aero Center                                                                                               

                                                                                                           

OHIO             

Sally Hughes                                                  

CEO                                                                           

Caster Connection                                         

 

OKLAHOMA

Ellis “Lanny” McIntosh                                 

Founding Principal, CEO                              

The McIntosh Group                                     

 

OREGON     

Jeremie Murfin

Geoff Metts

Johnpaul Simonet

Owners/Members

5.S.G. LLC dba Five Star Guitars

 

PENNSYLVANIA  

Dr. Wei-Shin Lai                                                                    

Chief Executive Officer                                                        

AcousticSheep LLC                                                  

 

PUERTO RICO                   

Fernando J. Rodriguez                                                           

President                                                                                

Prime Janitorial Service Corp.                        

 

RHODE ISLAND                

Thomas Parsons Kellogg III                                      

President                                                                                

Parsons Kellogg LLC                                                

 

SOUTH CAROLINA                      

JoAnne LaBounty                                          

President                                                                                

Spartanburg Meat Processing Co., Inc.

 

SOUTH DAKOTA              

Janet R. Eining                                                                       

Owner                                                                        

Cellular Only Connection, Inc.

 

TENNESSEE

Terence Andrew Douglas                                          

President                                                                                

Alliant Corporation

 

TEXAS

Yolanda Arriola                                                                     

President and CEO

Southwest University at El Paso

 

UTAH

Jay Benjamin Broadbent

President

Alpine Home Medical Equipment LLC

 

VERMONT              

Thomas M.L. Stearns                                                 

President

High Mowing Organic Seeds

 

VIRGIN ISLANDS             

Brianne B. Beatty                                                      

Ryan B. Skinner                                                                     

Owners

Flagship, LLC

 

VIRGINIA   

Caroline Anne Taylor                                                             

RN-President                                                             

Taylor Made Diagnostics, Inc.

 

WASHINGTON      

James “Kiwi” Ferris                                                   

President                                                                                

Edensaw Woods, Ltd.                                                           

 

WEST VIRGINIA   

Arria Hines                                                                             

President & CEO                                                                   

Allegheny Science & Technology Corp.                    

 

WISCONSIN            

Mark Matthiae                                                           

CEO                                                                                       

Crystal Finishing Systems, Inc.         

 

WYOMING

Anthony Andrew Aguiree

President

Triple A Building Services, Inc.