SBA Administrator Honors Nation’s Top Small Businesses

Winners to be formally recognized in Washington, D.C. on May 5-6
Release Date: 
Monday, March 18, 2019
Release Number: 
19-12
Contact: 
carol.wilkerson@sba.gov

WASHINGTON – Today, Administrator Linda McMahon, the head of the U.S. Small Business Administration, announced the 2019 Small Business Persons of the Year winners from the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Guam. Each of the winners have been invited to attend ceremonies in Washington, D.C. on May 5-6 where they will be honored with their individual award. During the ceremonies, SBA will announce the 2019 National Small Business Person of the Year from the 53 winners from across the U.S. and territories.   

 

“I am delighted to recognize the 53 winners from across the country as they gather in our nation’s capital,” McMahon said. “Entrepreneurs are the innovators who take risks on ideas, invest in their communities, and create jobs.  Their skills and creativity not only support their own families, but they also make our neighborhoods and cities vibrant places to live and work, fueling our overall economic strength. These small business owners best represent the nation’s 30 million small businesses and I look forward to welcoming the winners to Washington, D.C. in May when they are officially honored for their accomplishments.”

 

National Small Business Week will be observed May 5-11 with events around the country. SBA Administrator Linda McMahon will be making stops in Washington, D.C., Florida, Texas, and Utah.

 

2019 Small Business Persons of the Year Winners

 

ALABAMA                          

Alana Parker                                                                                

President                                                                                                                    

Rocket City Drywall & Supply

Huntsville, AL

 

ALASKA              

John Tatham                                                                               

President

Janet Tatham

Vice President

Shelley Bramstedt

Secretary/Treasurer

PIP Printing of AK

Anchorage, AK

 

ARIZONA                           

Jennifer Herbert                                                                                        

Chief Executive Officer                                               

Jeff Herbert

Chief Strategic Officer

Superstition Meadery LLC

Prescott, AZ

 

ARKANSAS        

April Broderick                                                             

Majority Owner/President                                                        

A&A Fire and Safety Company                                 

Sherwood, AR

 

CALIFORNIA

Jeffrey Perry                                                   

President                                                                                      

All Industrial Tool Supply                                         

Huntington Beach, CA

 

COLORADO       

Rick Schmidt                    

President and CEO                                                      

Tipping Point Solutions               

Centennial, CO

 

CONNECTICUT

Joyce Reynolds                                                            

President                                                                                      

Jerardo Reynolds

Vice President

Reynolds Welding and Fabrication

Windsor, CT

 

DELAWARE      

Donald Chupp                                                   

President and CEO                                            

Fireside Partners                                               

Dover, DE

 

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA           

Paul Abbott                                                                  

Owner                                                                         

Laura Abbott

Co-Owner

Life of Riley

Washington, DC

 

FLORIDA                      

Jeff Turbeville                                                               

Owner/CEO

Sunshine Peanut Company

Jacksonville, FL

 

GEORGIA                     

Rebecca Lamont                                                           

President & Founder                                                     

Jeff Lamont                                                                  

Director of Operations                                      

Pathways Behavioral Consulting

Marietta, GA

 

GUAM

Richard Chan

President

Mika Gibson

Vice President

Archway

Tamuning, Guam

 

HAWAII

Rolf Klein

CEO

Alvin Bongolan

COO

Hawaii Energy Systems

Aiea, HI

 

IDAHO 

Nate Bondelid                                                              

President                                                                                 

Tek-Hut

Boise, ID

 

ILLINOIS          

Cornelius Damon Griggs                                    

President/CEO                                                              

GMA Construction Group                                                          

Chicago, IL                                                       

 

INDIANA          

Casey Wright                                                                            

CEO                                                                                         

NinjaZone & Wright Gymnastics             

Greenwood, IN

 

 

IOWA  

Brad Barber

CEO, Co-Founder                                              

Angie Barber

COO, Co-Founder

Cabin Coffee Franchising

Clear Lake, Iowa

 

KANSAS

Kurt Schmidt

President/Owner

Picasso’s Pizzeria

Wichita, KS

 

KENTUCKY 

Paul Isenberg                                                               

Owner/Founder                                                            

Smart Start Child Care

Bowling Green, KY

 

LOUISIANA      

LTC Danny Blanks, USAR-Ret                             

Member/CEO                                                               

Barlow Cook                                                                

Member/CCO                                                               

James Washington III                                        

Member/CFO

Pontchartrain Partners

New Orleans, LA

 

MAINE

Janie Wang

Owner/Member                                                                       

Modernist Pantry                                                          

Eliot, ME                                                          

 

MARYLAND     

Zhensen Huang                                                             

CEO                                                                                         

Precise Software Solutions                                

Rockville, MD

 

MASSACHUSETTS        

Swati Elavia                                                      

President                                                                                 

Monsoon Kitchens

Shrewsbury, MA

 

MICHIGAN                   

Kathleen Eberle                                    

President/CEO                                                              

NPO Transportation

Southfield, MI

 

MINNESOTA                

Christine Lantin                                                

President                                                                                 

Maud Borup                                         

Plymouth, MN

 

MISSISSIPPI                 

Jennifer Sutton, D.S., D.V.M.                                         

President

Jeffrey Sutton, B.S., D.V.M.

Secretary/Treasurer

Gulf Coast Veterinary Services

Biloxi, MS

 

MISSOURI                   

Carol Espinosa                                                              

Principal

Freedom Interiors

Kansas City, MO

 

MONTANA      

Devon Davidson                                                           

President/Owner                                                          

MARS of Billings                                               

Billings, MT

 

NEBRASKA

Leon Weiland, President/Owner                        

Jean Weiland, Partner/Secretary/Treasurer                                

Weiland Doors                                                                         

Norfolk, NE

 

NEVADA                      

Elena Ledoux                                                    

CEO                                                                             

Nargiza Mukhutdinova

General Manager

Superb Maids

Las Vegas, NV

 

NEW HAMPSHIRE                    

Hale Cole-Tucker                                                          

President and Co-Founder

Erica Cole-Tucker

Vice President, Operations and Co-Founder

Tucker Restaurant Group

New London, NH

 

NEW JERSEY                

Carl Fisher                                                                    

CEO                                                                                         

Karen Froberg-Fejko                                                     

President                                                                                 

Bio-Serv and Radon Supplies                  

Flemington, NJ                                     

 

NEW MEXICO  

Emile Gonzales                                                 

President                                                                                 

G2i, LLC                                                                                   

Albuquerque, NM

 

NEW YORK       

Christopher Bren                                              

William Freedman                                             

Todd Stewart                                                   

Members

Picture Farm II, LLC

Brooklyn, NY

 

NORTH CAROLINA                    

Steven Ceccarelli                                              

CEO/President                                                  

Farm Fresh Produce                              

Faison, NC

 

NORTH DAKOTA           

Troy Derheim                                                   

President                                                                     

Derheim Inc.                                        

Harwood, ND                           

 

OHIO               

Kristen Bailey                                       

Co-Founder & CEO                                            

Sweets and Meats

Cincinnati, OH

 

OKLAHOMA     

Michael Van Eaton                                            

President                                                                     

Cacy Van Eaton                                                

Vice President

Susan Van Eaton

Secretary-Treasurer

Van Eaton Ready Mix

Shawnee, OK

 

OREGON                      

Marshall Doyle                                                 

President                                                                     

Cal-Cert Company                                            

Clackamas, OR                         

 

PENNSYLVANIA                       

Ethan Wendle                                                   

Co-Founder and CEO                                         

Matthew Chverchko                                         

Co-Founder and COO

DiamondBack Automotive Accessories

Phillipsburg, PA

 

PUERTO RICO  

Marie Rosado Collado                           

President                                                                     

Angel Rosado

Vice President

3A Press Corp.

Lajas, Puerto Rico

 

RHODE ISLAND

Justin Oakley

Owner/Occupational Therapist

Michael Vieira

Owner, MA & RI Licensed Contractor

Oakley Home Access

Narragansett, RI

 

SOUTH CAROLINA        

Adam Huneau                                                   

Owner, Founder and CEO

Alodia’s Cucina Italiana

Lexington, SC

 

SOUTH DAKOTA                       

Derek  DeGeest                                    

President

DeGeest Steel Works

Tea, SD

 

 

 

 

TENNESSEE    

Larry Schmittou                                                            

President

L&S Family Entertainment

Hendersonville, TN

 

TEXAS             

Christi Bond                                                     

Co-Founder/President                                       

Ragan Bond

Co-Founder/Vice President

Independence Coffee

Brenham, TX

 

UTAH  

Vivien Bohme                                                               

Owner and CEO                                                            

Fernanda Bohme

Owner and Designer

Bohme

Sandy, Utah

 

VERMONT                   

Steven Gagner                                                              

Owner/Founder

14th Star Brewing Company

St. Albans, VT

 

VIRGINIA                     

Roberto Ortiz

President/CEO

AVMAC, LLC

Chesapeake, VA

 

WASHINGTON 

Ross Black                                                                                                                    

Founder/CEO                                                               

Simple Box Storage                                                       

Lynden, WA

WEST VIRGINIA

Michael Mills

Managing Principal

Mills Group

Morgantown, WV

 

WISCONSIN 

Stacy Tuschl                                                                 

President                                                                     

The Academy of Performing Arts-Oak Creek and Franklin

Oak Creek, Wisconsin

 

WYOMING       

Ryan Gregory                                                               

President                                                                                 

Wyoming Roofing

Sheridan, WY

 

 

### 

 

 

About the U.S. Small Business Administration 

The U.S. Small Business Administration makes the American dream of business ownership a reality. As the only go-to resource and voice for small businesses backed by the strength of the federal government, the SBA empowers entrepreneurs and small business owners with the resources and support they need to start, grow or expand their businesses, or recover from a declared disaster. It delivers services through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. To learn more, visit www.sba.gov

 

Cosponsorship Authorization # SBW2019. SBA’s participation in this Cosponsored Activity is not an endorsement of the views, opinions, products or services of any Cosponsor or other person or entity. All SBA programs and services are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis.