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Nominated by: Susannah Higgins, WV Small Business Development Center

The U.S. Small Business Administration’s West Virginia District Director, Karen Friel is excited to announce Francisco Guerrero, Owner of El Rey Mexican Restaurant, as the SBA West Virginia 2016 Minority-Owned Small Business of the Year.  Guerrero was nominated for the award by Susannah Higgins, Business Coach for the West Virginia Small Business Development Center.

Guerrero opened the restaurant in 2010 and prides his business in offering authentic Mexican food with outstanding customer service.   He moved to Los Angeles about 22 years ago from Mexico. While in Mexico he was a leather craftsman by trade. He found an opportunity to work in the restaurant business and moved to north central WV 13 years ago. He was successful in making his dream to own a business a reality.

“The best part of owning a small business is the friends I get to make along the way,” states Guerrero.

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Nominated by: Deana Dean, i-79 Development Council
 

The U.S. Small Business Administration’s West Virginia District Director, Karen Friel is excited to announce Arria Hines, President and CEO of Allegheny Science & Technology (AST), as the SBA West Virginia 2016 Small Business Person of the Year.  Hines was nominated for the award by Deana Dean, President of the i-79 Development Council.

 

Arria Hines is the President and CEO of Allegheny Science & Technology (AST). Her professional career has taken many turns on the entrepreneurial pathway to co-founding AST.  Arria earned a B.S. in Accounting from WV Wesleyan College and an MBA from West Virginia University.

 

She is an entrepreneur at heart, starting her first small business, Windows by Arria, in the basement of her home in 1989. Her program management career began with her role as project manager for the construction of an Arnold Palmer-designed 18-hole golf course.  This... Read More

Nominated by: Terry Cyfers, WV Small Business Development Center

The U.S. Small Business Administration’s West Virginia District Director, Karen Friel is excited to announce Douglas Tate, President and CEO of Alpha Technologies, as the SBA West Virginia 2016 Veteran-Owned Small Business of the Year.  Tate was nominated for the award by Terry Cyfers, Business Coach for the West Virginia Small Business Development Center.

Alpha Technologies, established in 2000, is a complete Information Technology solution provider based in Putnam County. They specialize in the design and integration of data, voice, and video systems. Alpha competes for data-storage contracts with businesses and the federal government by utilizing its’ 80,000 sq. ft. data center.

Doug Tate started his success early, enlisting in the Unites States Army upon graduation from high school. He served with distinction for nine years and including time in a special infantry unit where he saw action on... Read More

The U.S. Small Business Administration’s West Virginia District Director, Karen Friel is excited to announce Diane Lewis Jackson, President and CEO of Action Facilities Management (AFM), as the SBA National 2016 8(a) Graduate of the Year.  Jackson was nominated for the award by James Merrill, Chief Administrative Office for AFM.

 

Jackson, a native of Clarksburg, WV, is the Founder, President and CEO of AFM, located in Morgantown, West Virginia. Since founding AFM in 2001 in her basement, Ms. Lewis has successfully grown her company, a government and commercial contracting firm specializing in site management, security services, maintenance and janitorial, equipment operations, consulting, staffing solutions and project management.

 

Under her leadership and guidance, Action Facilities Management has grown from two individuals to more than 250 employees in nine states. Diane, through her methodologies and innovation with Action Facilities Management has... Read More

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