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Nominated by: Shannon Proud, Agile5 Technologies Inc.

The U.S. Small Business Administration’s West Virginia District Director, Karen Friel is excited to announce Lisa Fritsch, President and CEO of Agile5 Technologies, as the SBA West Virginia 2016 Woman-Owned Small Business of the Year.  Fritch was nominated for the award by Shannon Proud of Agile5 Technologies.

Agile5 Technologies, Inc. was founded in 2011 and is a systems architecture and software development firm that specializes in enterprise software system for the US Government. Their base office is located here in Fairmont and they have nearly 20 employees.

Fritsch was in awe of her mother’s career growing up. She saw how having a career and being a mother made her a strong woman that could take care of herself and her family financially. This is what she strived to be like when she grew up.

Mission accomplished – Fritsch is now the CEO of a growing company that is meeting and exceeding their... Read More

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.

Guerrero... Read More

Nominated by: Marsa Myers, WV Small Business Development Center

The U.S. Small Business Administration’s West Virginia District Director, Karen Friel is excited to announce Doug Kreinik, Owner and President of Kreinik Manufacturing Company, as the SBA West Virginia 2016 Family-Owned Small Business of the Year.  Kreinik was nominated for the award by Marsa Myers, Business Coach for the West Virginia Small Business Development Center.

Kreinik, a second generation small business, makes a variety of silk and metallic threads for needle workers, crafters, scrap bookers, quilters, fiber artists, fly fishermen - even fashion houses – to express their creative selves.

Doug joined the family business in 1983. The business was established by his parents, Estelle and Jerry Kreinik in 1971 and has been an integral part of the Parkesburg, WV business-scape for over 40 years. Doug’s mom – Estelle – started the business; she was a needle-worker, who basically wanted access to... Read More

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

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