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SBA Administrator Honors Nation’s Top Small Businesses

SBA Delaware District Small Business Person of the Year Joining Other SBA District Winners to be Formally Recognized in Washington, D.C. on April 29-30
Release Date: 
Monday, March 12, 2018
Release Number: 
18-16

WASHINGTON – Administrator Linda McMahon, 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 and Puerto Rico. All of the winners have been invited to attend ceremonies in Washington, D.C on April 29-30 where they will be honored with their individual award along with special recognition of the three runners-up and the naming of the 2018 National Small Business Person of the Year. 

 

“It is my honor and distinct pleasure to announce the 52 winners from across the U.S. and Puerto Rico,” McMahon said. “These small business owners define entrepreneurial spirit and best represent the 30 million small businesses that are the backbone and economic engine of our 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 29 – May 5. 

 

After the national awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. McMahon will continue National Small Business Week with a bus road show starting in Jacksonville, Fla. and then continue on to South Carolina and North Carolina.  Each stop she will meet with small business owners, visit small businesses and hold roundtable discussions. Additionally, virtual events, recognition and educational opportunities throughout SBA’s 10 Regions and 68 Districts will be held throughout the week. 

 

SBA’s Delaware Office will honor SBA’s 2018 Delaware Small Business Award winners at a May 2, 2018 Awards ceremony at the DuPont Country Club, 1001 Rockland Road, Wilmington, DE 19803.  For more information on the SBA Delaware 2018 Small Business Awards Ceremony and to register and pay for tickets, visit: https://clients.delawaresbdc.org/workshop.aspx?ekey=10380026

 

 

 

 

 

 

2018 STATE SMALL BUSINESS PERSONS OF THE YEAR

 

ALABAMA   

 

Charles W. Underwood II                                                    

Owner                                                                        

C & R Movers, LLC                                                              

Montgomery, AL 36110

 

 

 

ALASKA

 

Lori Brewer                                                                          

President                                                                                

Caffe D’arte Alaska/Alaska Coffee & Restaurant Equipment

Anchorage, AK 99518

 

ARIZONA                 

 

Dirck Theodor Schou                                               

President and CEO                                                                

Catalina China, Inc.

Dba HF Coors

Tucson, AZ 85713

 

ARKANSAS

 

Joe Saumweber                                                                    

Co-Founder & CEO                                                               

Michael Paladino                                                                  

Co-Founder & CTO

RevUnit LLC

Bentonville, AR

 

CALIFORNIA

           

Matthew Cohen                                                                    

Chief Executive Officer                                                        

Off the Grid Services, LLC

San Francisco, CA 94123

 

COLORADO

             

Margot Langstaff

Managing Partner – Marjority Owner

Elisa Jane Hamill

Managing Partner – Co-Owner

LifeHealth

Littleton, CO 80123

 

CONNECTICUT                  

 

April Marie Lukasik                                                 

President                                                                                

Bright & Early Children’s Learning Centers

North Branford, CT 06471

 

DELAWARE     

 

Kim Adams                                                                

President and CEO                                                    

Mountain Consulting, Inc.                                        

Dover, DE 19904

 

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

 

Denita R. Conway

President and CEO

PROVEN Management, LLC

Washington, DC 20001

 

FLORIDA                 

 

Michael Zaffaroni

Owner

Fernandina Mulch & Stone, LLC

Dba Liberty Landscape Supply

Fernandina Beach, FL 32034

 

GEORGIA                

 

Peter Andrews Dugas                                                                                  

President and CFO                                                                

Tonya Barr Dugas

CEO

Dusoul Company

  Dba Technical Services Audio Visual

Athens, GA 30606

 

HAWAII

 

Reginald G. Perry

Managing Manager

Barbers Point Aviation Services, LLC

Kapolei, HI 96707

 

IDAHO          

 

September Myres                                                     

President and CEO                                                    

Sundance Consulting, Inc.                                         

Pocatello, ID 83201

 

ILLINOIS

                       

Rebecca Fyffe                                                                                   

President

ABC Humane Wildlife Control & Prevention, Inc.

  Dba Landmark Pest Mgmt

Schaumburg, IL 60173

 

 

 

 

 

 

INDIANA                  

 

Michele Durante Meyer                                                                   

President and CEO                                                                            

Creative Solutions Consulting, Inc.                                      

  (CSCI Consulting)                                                                           

Indianapolis, IN 46216                                                                      

 

IOWA

 

Bob Simpson, President                                                        

Big River Packaging                                                             

Clinton, IA 52732

 

KANSAS                   

 

David Sasson

President & CEO

OverstockArt.com

Wichita, KS 67211

 

KENTUCKY 

Lesme Romero

Owner/Manager

EZ Foods, Inc.

Dba Lexington Pasta/Lexington Pasta Garage

Lexington, KY 40505

 

LOUISIANA

 

Keith Porta                                                                           

Managing Member                                                    

APC Construction, LLC                                                        

Harvey, LA 70058                                                                 

 

MAINE                      

 

Beth Shissler                                                             

President and COO                                                                

Donald Oakes                                                                       

CEO

Sea Bags, LLC

Portland, ME 04101

 

MARYLAND

 

Tamara Michele Beideman                                      

Owner                                                                        

Elizabeth Jane, Inc.

Dba Sweet Elizabeth Jane

Ellicott City, MD 21043

 

 

MASSACHUSETTS

 

Joseph Melville

Gary Melville

Owners

Melville Candy Corporation

Randolph, MA 02368

 

MICHIGAN              

 

Albert F. Zehnder                                                                 

CEO                                                                                       

Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth

Frankenmuth, MI 48734

 

MINNESOTA           

 

Brenda Kay Nolby

CEO

Jam Hops Gymnastics Factory, Inc.

Ham Lake, MN 55304

 

MISSISSIPPI

                       

Barbara Alamsha                                                                  

Tim Alamsha                                                             

Owners/Operators                                                                 

Ear Candie Productions, LLC

 Dba Rock U 2

Ocean Springs, MS 39564

 

MISSOURI               

 

Melissa Ann Smith, DDS                                                      

Managing Dentist and Owner/Operator

Washington Smiles Complete Health Dentistry

Washington, MO 63090

 

MONTANA  

 

Charles “Skip” King                                                             

Owner

King’s Ace Hardware

Billings, MT 59102

 

NEBRASKA  

 

Mark Anthony Santo                                                

Mark VII Enterprises, Inc.

Omaha, NE 68131

 

 

 

NEVADA                  

 

Medhi Zarhloul                                                                     

Founder & CEO

Crazy Pita Rotisserie & Grill

Henderson, NV 89052

 

NEW HAMPSHIRE             

 

Mark Wentworth                                                                  

President & CEO                                                                   

Green View Technologies, Inc.

Rollinsford, NH 03869

 

NEW JERSEY          

 

Richard C. Spanier                                                               

President and CEO                                                                

Rudolph Research Analytical                                   

Hackettstown, NJ 07840

 

NEW MEXICO                     

 

Jasper Dutch Riddle                                                 

President/Winemaker                                                

Noisy Water Winery & Cellars                                            

Ruidoso, NM 88345

 

NEW YORK 

 

Snehal (Raj) Dayanidham Thakkar                        

Founder & CEO                                                                     

Charter School Business Management, Inc.                                                 

Dba FOREsight Financial Services for Good                       

New York, NY 10001

 

NORTH CAROLINA                      

 

Andrew Michael Matroni                                                     

Founder and CEO                                                                  

Innovation Catering, Inc.                                                       

Dba Queen City Catering                                                      

Charlotte, NC 28208

 

NORTH DAKOTA   

 

Kari Marie Weigel                                                                

Executive Director/Owner                                        

Sylvan Learning Center

Bismarck, ND 58503

 

 

 

OHIO

 

David S. Nolan                                                                      

President/CEO                                                                       

Quality Control Services LLC                                              

Cleveland, OH 44114

 

OKLAHOMA           

 

Tracy Lynn Evans                                                                

Owner and CEO                                                                     

Woodward Wellness Center, LLC

Woodward, OK 73801

 

OREGON                             

 

Matt Higgins                                                             

Owner                                                                        

Coava Coffee Roasters, Inc.

Portland, OR 97214

 

PENNSYLVANIA 

 

William A. Campbell                                                             

CEO                                                                                                   

Water Treatment Services

Dba First Defense Operations Management

Monroeville, PA 15146

 

PUERTO RICO                   

 

Alex Gomez                                                                          

President                                                                                

Tijuana’s Bar & Grill Corp.

San Juan, Puerto Rico 00909

 

RHODE ISLAND     

 

Kelly Beth Mendell                                                   

President                                                                                

MIKEL, Inc.

Middletown, RI 02842

 

SOUTH CAROLINA                       

 

Ronald David McNeil                                                           

CEO                                                                                       

Hannah Solar Government Services

Charleston, SC 29492

 

 

 

 

SOUTH DAKOTA   

 

Kevin Nyberg                                                            

President/CEO

Nyberg’s Ace Hardware, Inc.

Sioux Falls, SD 57105

 

TENNESSEE

                       

Joseph Powers                                                                      

Owner                                                                        

Green Cube Solutions                                               

Blountville, TN 37617

 

TEXAS          

 

Von C. Washington Sr.                                                         

President and CEO                                                                

IDA Technology

El Paso, TX 79905

 

UTAH            

 

Paul Casper Merrill                                                  

CEO/President

Casper’s Ice Cream, Inc.

 Dba Fatboy Ice Cream, Inc.

Richmond, UT 84333

 

VERMONT   

 

Sacha Mayer                                                                         

CEO, Co-Founder

Christine Dodson

COO, Co-Founder

Mamava, Inc.

Burlington, VT 05401

 

VIRGINIA                

 

David S. Kyle II                                                                    

President/Chief Executive Officer                            

Trademasters Service Corporation                           

Lorton, VA 22079

 

WASHINGTON       

 

Danny House                                                             

Owner

Dan The Sausageman

Burien, WA 98166

 

 

WEST VIRGINIA  

 

Douglas Tate                                                                         

President & CEO                                                                   

Alpha Technologies, Inc.

Hurricane, WV 25526

 

WISCONSIN            

Miles Harter                                                             

CEO                                                                                       

Curt Greeno                                                                         

President                                                                                

Dynamic Recycling                                                               

Onalaska, WI 54650

 

WYOMING  

 

Tyler Reed Miller                                                                 

President                                                                                

Earth Work Solutions

Gillette, WY 82717

 

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About the U.S. Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 and is 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, and recover from disasters.  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. To learn more about SBA, visit www.sba.gov.