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SBA’s Boise District Office Names 2015 Idaho Small Business Person of the Year


Boise, Idaho – Patrick Nauman, co-owner of Weiser Classic Candy has been named the U.S. Small Business Administration’s 2015 Idaho Small Business Person of the Year.  Nauman was nominated for the award by Sandy Anderson, executive director of Buy Idaho in Boise, Idaho.

Since Patrick Nauman and Keith Bryant purchased Weiser Classic Candy in 2007, the store has averaged 11% growth in annual sales.  Over the same timeframe, Weiser Classic Candy has more than doubled their number of employees from 7 to 15.  They have grown their wholesale business from 6 accounts to over 150 stores throughout the United States and Canada.  One of the driving factors in this growth is the creation of new products for their customers.  Some of these new concoctions include Idaho Chocolate Chips (chocolate dipped potato chips), chocolate dipped bacon, Idaho Sweet Taters (fudge in the shape of a baked potato), and Huckleberry Heaven (fresh Idaho huckleberries whipped with white chocolate and then dipped in dark chocolate) just to name a few.

“This award is the result of our commitment to quality products and exceptional customer service,’ said Patrick. “We are extremely grateful to the support we’ve received from the community, and from the SBA through the Treasure Valley SBDC.”  

“Since I started working with Weiser Classic Candy, they have impressed me with their business acumen, dedication to innovation and quality, and their commitment to the community,” said nominator Sandy Anderson.  “I’m pleased they have been recognized with this honor, and Buy Idaho is proud to help support their success.”

“SBA is proud to honor the Patrick Nauman as the 2015 Idaho Small Business Person of the Year,” said SBA Region X Administrator Calvin Goings.  “Under Patrick’s leadership, Weiser Classic Candy has experienced sustained growth for many years.” 

“The Boise District Office is pleased to have assisted Weiser Classic Candy with business development counseling from the Treasure Valley Community College Small Business Development Center in Ontario, Oregon,” said Boise District Director Rodney Grzadzieleski.

Patrick Nauman will be honored locally at a Weiser Chamber of Commerce special event on May 6, 2015.  A panel is currently reviewing all the packages from 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Guam and a national winner and two runners-up will be selected and announced at a future date.  The national winner will be recognized as the 2015 National Small Business Person of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration this year in Washington, D.C., May 8.