WHO: U.S. Small Business Administration Nebraska District Lender Relations Specialist Deborah Wilson; Nebraska Business Development Center (NBDC) Scottsbluff Director Ingrid Battershell; Clint Spearman Trucking Owner/Manager Clint Spearman.
WHAT: The U.S. Small Business Administration’s Nebraska District Office invites members of the press and other dignitaries to attend an awards ceremony recognizing Clint Spearman Trucking as the SBA’s Nebraska 3rd Congressional District Small Business of the Year for 2011.
The SBA Nebraska District Office names one outstanding small business to represent each of the state’s three congressional districts based on staying power; growth in number of employees; an increase in sales and unit volume; current and past financial performance; innovativeness of product or service offered; response to adversity; and, contributions to community-oriented projects.
WHERE: Clint Spearman Trucking, 1213 2nd Avenue, Scottsbluff, Neb.
WHEN: May 24, 2011, 9 a.m., MST
Background on Event Principal:
Clint Spearman Trucking specializes in liquid feed, bulk and packaged sugar, and merchandise shipping for Scottsbluff-area outlets and to the central and western U.S., and boasts an in-house repair shop for the company’s fleet of six trucks and 17 trailers. Upon pursuing his business as a sole proprietor long-haul operator in 2003, Spearman, a native of Ainsworth, Neb., looked for better accounting methods to track his cash flow. One of his first jobs was hauling fuel for a local bulk distributor, using his profits to purchase additional trucks to grow his business.
Thanks in part to guidance offered by the NBDC to navigate a cutting-edge accounting software package tailored to his trucking business, along with adding a fuel purchasing interface, Spearman successfully navigated the company’s explosive growth to more than $1.3 million in revenue in 2010, representing a 236 percent increase over 2009.
Note on SBA Lending in Nebraska: Over the past 18 months, more than 880 SBA-backed loans for $250 million have been approved for small businesses in Nebraska, creating more than 3,300 new jobs.