Success Stories

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

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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