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SBA Administrator Honors Nation’s Top Small Businesses - Including Pennsylvania's Small Business Person of the Year

Winners to be formally recognized in Washington, D.C. on April 30 – May 1, including Pennsylvania’s Small Business Person of the Year Elvin Stoltzfus of Pik Rite, Inc.
Release Date: 
Thursday, March 16, 2017
Release Number: 
Robert Goza (610) 382-3084 |

WASHINGTON – Administrator Linda McMahon, 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 winners are invited to ceremonies in Washington, D.C April 30 – May 1 where they will be honored with their individual award along with the recognition of three runners-up and the naming of the 2017 National Small Business Person of the Year. Among those honored will be Elvin Stoltzfus, President of Pik Rite Inc., of Lewisburg, Pa.

“It is my honor and distinct pleasure to announce the 54 winners from across the U.S. and its territories,” McMahon said. “These small business owners define entrepreneurial spirit and best represent the 28 million small businesses that are the backbone and economic engine for today’s economy. I look forward to welcoming the winners to Washington next month when they are officially honored for their achievements.”

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 April 30 – May 6 with national events planned in Washington, D.C., New York City, Indianapolis, Dallas and Fresno, Calif.

“I’m proud of our region’s winners,” said Carl Knoblock, acting SBA Mid-Atlantic regional administrator.  “Every year our national competitors reflect the dedicated work of our entrepreneurs as well as the support of SBA and our partner organizations. I am confident that at least one of our district winners will walk away with a national title.”

2017 Small Business Person of the Year Winnersin the Mid-Atlantic Region


Donna L. Vanderwende                                            


Vanderwende Farm Creamery

Bridgeville, DE 19933


Robert W. Dozier Jr.                                      

President & CEO                                                        

RWD Consulting, LLC                                     

Washington, DC 20036


Kara DiPietro                                                             


HMC Incorporated                                                                

Columbia, MD 21046


Elvin Eugene Stoltzfus                                                          


Pik Rite, Inc.                                                                           

Lewisburg, PA 17837


Corliss Udoema

President & CEO

Contract Solutions, Inc.

Manassas, VA 20109


Matthew Paul Knott                                                 

President & CEO                                                                    

River Riders, Inc. and Clarion Inn Harpers Ferry

Harpers Ferry, WV 25425


About the Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 and since January 13, 2012 has served as a Cabinet-level agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation.  The SBA helps Americans start, build and grow businesses.  Through an extensive network of field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations, the SBA delivers its services to people throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam.