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SBA Administrator Honors Nation’s Top Small Businesses

Winners to be formally recognized in Washington, D.C. on May 5-6
Release Date: 
Tuesday, March 19, 2019
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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.

The West Virginia 2019 Small Business Person of the Year Winner is: 

Small Business Person of the Year
Michael Mills - Mills Group
Morgantown, WV
Nominated by: Sharon Stratton, WV SBDC

In addition SBA’s West Virginia District Office honors the following state winners during an awards luncheon Wednesday, May 8, 2019 from 12-2:30 p.m. at the Robert H. Mollohan Research Center in Fairmont, WV:

Small Business Exporter of the Year
Phillip Carl, Logan Hartle, Mike Carl - Warwood Tool Co.
Wheeling, WV
Nominated by: Matt Coffey, WV SBDC

Rural-Owned Small Business of the Year
Teresa Lipps & Dale Hawkins - Fish Hawk Acres
Buckhannon, WV
Nominated by: Susie Higgins, WV SBDC

Veteran-Owned Small Business of the Year
Jeremy Harris - IT Mindshare
Morgantown, WV
Nominated by: Jesse Bumps, Clear Mountain Bank & Todd Crump, WV SBDC

Woman-Owned Small Business of the Year
Jill Scarbro-McLaury - Bright Futures Learning Services
Winfield, WV
Nominated by: Doug Spalding, WV SBDC

Encore-Owned Small Business of the Year
Roya Maher - A3L Federal Works
Fairmont, WV         
Nominated by: Tina Shaw, Marion County Chamber of Commerce

Lender of the Year
Huntington Bank

Community Lender of the Year
MVB Bank

Microlender of the Year
First Microloan of West Virginia