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SBA Administrator Honors Nation’s Top Small Businesses

WASHINGTON – Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet, the head of the U.S. Small Business Administration, announced today this year’s Small Business Person of the Year winners from the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands. All of the winners have been invited to attend ceremonies in Washington, D.C on May 1-2 where they will be awarded their individual awards along with recognition of the runners-up and the naming of the 2016 National Small Business Person of the Year.

In making the announcement, SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet said: “It is my distinct pleasure and honor to announce the 54 winners from across the U.S. and her territories.  These small business owners represent the best of the best and showcase daily their entrepreneurial spirit and what it takes to be successful in today’s evolving and competitive business environment.”

Each year since 1963, the president has issued a proclamation calling for the celebration of National Small Business Week.  National Small Business Week is set as the first week in May, and this year the dates are May 1-7 with national events planned in Washington, D.C., New York City, Atlanta, Denver, Phoenix and San Jose and Oakland, California.

“There are more than 28 million small businesses serving as the economic engine of our country, employing half of the private sector and creating two out of three net new jobs.  If our small business sector was a country, its output would rank number three above Germany and Japan.  I’m looking forward to welcoming these talented entrepreneurs to their nation’s capital and celebrating their stories to shine a light on American ingenuity and innovation.”

2016 Small Business Person of the Year Winners

ALABAMA              

Xiomara Hernandez Bracken

Owner

Bouncing Parties, Inc.

 

ALASKA                              

Connie Core-Dubay

CEO/Owner

Cold Spot Feeds, Inc.

 

ARIZONA                            

Paul A. Smiley

President

Sonoran Technology and Professional

Services, LLC

 

ARKANSAS            

Regina Renee Radke

CEO

Wade Stuart Radke

COO

Galley Support Innovations

 

CALIFORNIA                     

Helen Margaret Russell

Co-Founder and CEO

Brooke Jean McDonnell

Co-Founder and President

Equator Coffees and Teas, Inc.

 

COLORADO           

Reed Howard Silberman

Founder/CEO

Ink Monstr

 

CONNECTICUT                

Peter Newman

CEO

Victoria Newman

Executive Director

Greenwich Education Group

 

DELAWARE                       

Chris J. Bisaha

Joseph A. Baker

Co-Owners

Henlopen City Oyster House

 

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA                                                                     

Robert C. Palmer

CEO

Creative Business Solutions, Inc.

 

FLORIDA                

Sherry L. Acanfora-Ruohomaki

Owner/President

K9 Kampus LLC

 

GEORGIA   

Catherine A. Downey

CEO

CATMEDIA, Inc.

 

GUAM                      

David J. John

President

ASC Trust Corporation

 

HAWAII                   

Raymond Jardine Jr.

Chairman & CEO

Native Hawaiian Veterans, LLC

 

IDAHO                      

Enrique F. Contreras

Ana M. Paz

Owners

Conpaz Inc. dba Enrique’s Mexican Restaurant

 

ILLINOIS                 

Dwayne Steven Jackson

President & CEO

Software Tech Enterprises, Inc.

 

INDIANA

Baziel W. Vrient

President

Albert W. Vrient

Operations Manager

Agdia, Inc.

 

IOWA            

Anthony D. Halsted

Owner

Hoover’s Hatchery Co., LLC

 

KANSAS                  

Roger Lee Ward III

Dana Marie Ward

Owners

Great Day Moving (Marathon Moving & Delivery LLC)

 

KENTUCKY                       

David Allen Dafoe

Founder/CEO

8th Street Ventures

Dba Flavorman, dba Distilled Spirits

Epicenter

 

LOUISIANA

Angela O’Byrne

President/Owner

Perez, APC

 

MAINE                                 

Margo Walsh

Owner

Maine Works LLC

 

MARYLAND                       

Patrick Babasola Munis

CEO

NewWave Telecom & Technologies, Inc.

 

MASSACHUSETTS                                                                                   

Robert Jacob George

Founder, President and CEO

StratComm, Inc.

 

MICHIGAN             

Russell Beaver

President

RB Construction Company

 

MINNESOTA                      

Gloria Jean Freeman

CEO

Olu’s Home/Olu’s Center

 

MISSISSIPPI                       

Mike Pornovets

Owner

Everything Kayak LLC

 

MISSOURI               

David Laurence Bailey

Founder & President

Baileys’ Restaurants

 

MONTANA              

Greg Thayer

CEO

Eugene Thayer

Director

Montana Merchandising, Inc.

Dba Montana Milling, Inc.

 

NEBRASKA            

Yolanda F. Diaz

Member/Owner

Little Miss Fashion LLC

 

NEVADA                 

Bradley J. Burdsall

Owner and Operator

The Egg Works

 

NEW HAMPSHIRE            

Elie El-Chalfoun

Owner/Operator

Mega-X

 

NEW JERSEY                     

Charles Olivo

Founder and Principal

Stonefield Engineering and Design LLC

 

NEW MEXICO  

Karl S. Halpert

President & CEO

Private Label Select Ltd. Co.

 

NEW YORK

Tammy Ann Loewy

Wynde Kate Reese

Owners

Green Goddess Foods LLC

 

NORTH CAROLINA

Charles Ashton Creech

President

Thomas Howard Chappell

Vice President – Maintenance

Plus Team

NS Aviation, LLC dba North State Aviation

 

NORTH DAKOTA

Jon Simmers

CEO

Bismarck Aero Center

 

OHIO             

Sally Hughes

CEO

Caster Connection

 

OKLAHOMA

Ellis “Lanny” McIntosh

Founding Principal, CEO

The McIntosh Group

 

OREGON     

Jeremy Murfin

Geoff Mets

Johnpaul Simonet

Owners/Members

5.S.G. LLC dba Five Star Guitars

 

PENNSYLVANIA  

Dr. Wei-Shin Lai

Chief Executive Officer

AcousticSheep LLC

 

PUERTO RICO                   

Fernando J. Rodriguez

President

Prime Janitorial Service Corp.

 

RHODE ISLAND                

Thomas Parsons Kellogg III

President

Parsons Kellogg LLC

 

SOUTH CAROLINA                      

JoAnne LaBounty

President

Spartanburg Meat Processing Co., Inc.

 

SOUTH DAKOTA              

Janet R. Eining

Owner

Cellular Only Connection, Inc.

 

TENNESSEE

Terence Andrew Douglas

President

Alliant Corporation

 

TEXAS

Yolanda Arriola

President and CEO

Southwest University at El Paso

 

UTAH

Jay Benjamin Broadbent

President

Alpine Home Medical Equipment LLC

 

VERMONT              

Thomas M.L. Stearns

President

High Mowing Organic Seeds

 

VIRGIN ISLANDS             

Brianne B. Beatty

Ryan B. Skinner

Owners

Flagship, LLC

 

VIRGINIA   

Caroline Anne Taylor

RN-President

Taylor Made Diagnostics, Inc.

 

WASHINGTON      

James “Kiwi” Ferris

President

Edensaw Woods, Ltd.

 

WEST VIRGINIA   

Arria Hines

President & CEO

Allegheny Science & Technology Corp.

 

WISCONSIN            

Mark Matthiae

CEO

Crystal Finishing Systems, Inc.

 

WYOMING

Anthony Andrew Aguiree

President

Triple A Building Services, Inc.


Release Date: Monday, March 14, 2016
Release Number: 16-17
Contact: Terry Sutherland 202-205-6919
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