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KCMO’s GM of Tehama, LLC,Named 2018 SBA Kansas City District Small Business Person of the Year

David Brewer Takes Top Area Honors in Eastern Kansas, Western Missouri
The U.S. Small Business Administration 2018 Kansas City District Small Business Person of the Year is David Brewer, General Manager of Tehama, LLC, owned by the Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians of California. Founded in 2009, Tehama delivers environmental consulting and engineering services to federal, state and municipal clients nationwide.
As a client of the Kansas City District SBA office entering its 8(a) Business Development Program in 2013 and its 8(a) Mentor-Protégé Program in 2014, Tehama, LLC, established its first Mentor-Protégé Joint Venture in 2015. From an initial $2,500 contract award to $82M in SBA offer letters, Brewer led Tehama’s growth from one employee to 58 and its revenues from $235,000 in 2014 to $11 million in 2017.
“David Brewer serves as a great example of the leadership skills necessary to develop the company into a high-functioning federal contractor and to contribute to a local and cultural economy,” said SBA Kansas City District Director Malcolm Richards.
“It’s an honor to receive the SBA’s Kansas City District Small Business Person of the Year award,” said Brewer. “It represents years of hard work and a successful partnership among the Kansas City District Office, Tehama leaders and staff, and Tehama’s tribe.”
Tehama’s tribe, the Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians, receives 100% of the net profits, which are used, in part, to support community programs and tribal infrastructure projects.
The SBA Small Business Person of the Year awards are part of National Small Business Week, April 29-May 5, 2018.  This district award recognizes a small business that demonstrates staying power and substantiated history as a growing business with at least three years of business operation. Winners must also show growth in net worth and business expansion, an increase in jobs and sales, innovativeness of products or services, how they have overcome adversity and how they have contributed to community-oriented projects.
“With the help of the SBA’s programs, workshops and our business specialist, Ken Surmeier, Tehama has built a thriving business that is benefitting the Kansas City area by creating jobs and Northern California by funding tribal initiatives,” Brewer said. “We look forward to continuing the partnership that brings success to multiple communities.” 
“National Small Business Week is a time to recognize the impact of small businesses in the Kansas City area and beyond by sharing their inspirational stories of success, resilience and determination,” SBA Regional Administrator Tom Salisbury said. “It’s my honor to celebrate the entrepreneurs who use innovation to solve problems, create jobs and make a difference in our local communities.”