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SBA Honors Nation’s Top Small Businesses

Winners Will Gather in Washington During National Small Business Week

WASHINGTON – This isn’t like the competition we see on today’s popular entertainment television shows. No, it’s far more serious competition and recognition of small businesses that create jobs, produce revenue, lift local economies, support the local infrastructure and give back charitably to the communities where they live and work. It’s about the business of America.

Small Business Person of the Year winners from 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam will converge on Washington, D.C. June 20-21, when one of them will be selected as the National Small Business Person of the Year during the U.S. Small Business Administration’s National Small Business Week, (June 16-21). While in D.C., the winners will have opportunities to meet with top administration officials, and national business leaders. 

Leading up to the Washington, D.C. event there are regional events that week in Seattle, Dallas, St. Louis, and Pittsburgh designed to help small businesses start, grow and succeed.

The participating state small business winners represent a broad range of business products, services and innovations, including a helicopter pilot school in Arizona, a native foods restaurant in Guam, a pet resort in Illinois, a tool and die company in Massachusetts, a structural steel contractor in California and 49 others from across the country. 

Events on the schedule will be available for viewing virtually through SBA’s free, live webcasting, which will be accessible at www.sba.gov/smallbusinessweek.  Interested parties can register online at the same site, where additional information (updated weekly) is available regarding registration, awards ceremonies, small business forums and educational and matchmaking sessions. 

Those wishing to attend events can register online:
• in Washington D.C. at http://2013nsbwwashington.eventbrite.com 
• in Seattle at http://2013nsbwseattle.eventbrite.com 
• in Dallas at http://2013nsbwdallas.eventbrite.com 
• in St. Louis at http://2013nsbwstlouis.eventbrite.com
• in Pittsburgh, at http://2013nsbwpittsburgh.eventbrite.com.

Every year since 1963, the U.S. Small Business Administration takes the opportunity to highlight through National Small Business Week the impact of outstanding entrepreneurs, small business owners, and others from all 50 states and U.S. territories.  This year’s events will be held
June 16-21, in Seattle, Dallas, St. Louis, Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C. offering tips, tools and trainings for small businesses to start, succeed and grow.  In addition to in-person events, small business owners can participate in online-only panel discussions on hot topics like social media and business financing starting daily at 4pm ET. All events, in-person and online, will be streamed live on www.sba.gov/smallbusinessweek. Also visit this site for a full schedule of events and additional information. The event hashtag is #SBW2013.

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Below is the list of state winners.

The U.S. Small Business Administration’s participation in this cosponsored activity does not constitute an express or implied endorsement of any cosponsor’s, donor’s, grantee’s, contractor’s or participant’s opinions, products, or services. All SBA programs and cosponsored programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Reasonable arrangements for persons with disabilities will be made, if requested at least 2 weeks in advance, by contacting sbw@sba.gov. Cosponsorship Authorization #SBW2013.

State listing of Small Business of the Year Winners

ALABAMA
Ms. Ellen Didier       
President       
Red Sage Communications, Inc.
 
ALASKA
Doug Coon and Justin Herrin       
Owners
Young’s Gear LLC
 
ARIZONA
John L. Stonecipher     
President & CEO
Guidance Aviation
 
ARKANSAS
Charlott “Chotsie” Adney    
President       
Advanced Aesthetics of Arkansas, Inc.  
 
CALIFORNIA
Michael “Jason” Ianni     
President & CEO
M Bar C Construction, Inc.
 
COLORADO
Virginia McAllister     
Principal       
Iron Horse Architects, Inc.
 
CONNECTICUT
Christopher Ray Runyan     
President       
Runyan Enterprises, LLC   
  
DELAWARE
Coleman E. Bye III     
The Mercantile Press, Inc.    
 
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
Tom J. Loftus       
Founder, President & CEO     
LS Technologies, LLC      
 
FLORIDA
Steve W. Miller      
President       
EPreward, Inc.
      
GEORGIA
Laura (Beth) Cayce     
CEO        
CaraVita Home Care
 
GUAM
Christopher F. Bejado     
President and Director of Hospitality
Marianas Slingstone, Inc.
 
HAWAII
David R. Yogi Jr., P.E.      
James K.P. Kwong, Ph.D., P.E.     
Members 
Yogi Kwong Engineers, LLC     
 
IDAHO
Daniel B. Todd      
President
Triple T Enterprises, Inc.
 
ILLINOIS
Saqib Nadeem       
Founder & CEO
Paradise 4 Paws
 
INDIANA
Daniel Dale Schmidtendorff     
President & CEO       
Communication Company of South Bend, Inc.  
 
IOWA
Charles B. Hammond Jr.     
President & CEO      
Raining Rose, Inc.
 
KANSAS
Randy Schaller and Darla Schaller      
Owners
Tree House Learning Center, Inc.
 
KENTUCKY
Mehdi M. Yazdanpanah, PhD
CEO & Founder
NaugaNeedles
 
LOUISIANA
Vince P. Gremillion     
President       
Restech Information Services, Inc. 
  
MAINE
Matthew A. Qualey      
President       
Qualey, Granite & Quartz 
 
MARYLAND
Michael C. Sawyers     
President & CEO      
7Delta, Inc.       
 
MASSACHUSETTS
Scott Fallavollita      
President       
United Tool & Die Co.   
  
MICHIGAN
Douglas Hekman      
President       
Quincy Street, Inc.
 
MINNESOTA
Peter C. Kelsey       
Owner and Baker       
The New French Bakery     
 
MISSISSIPPI
Jeff Good       
President       
Dan Blumenthal
Executive Chef
Sal & Mookie’s
New York Pizza & Ice Cream Joint
 
MISSOURI
Thomas H. Douglas     
President       
JMARK Business Solutions, Inc.
 
MONTANA
Joe C. Billion
President
J.C. Billion, Inc.
 
NEBRASKA
Henry Aschoff      
President       
Keith Wiehn       
Vice President
Petersen Ag Systems, Inc.    
 
NEVADA
Robert B. Edwards
CEO/CFO
Joe Machin
COO
RO Bus Sales
 
NEW HAMPSHIRE
James (Jay) M. McSharry     
President
Jumpin Jay’s Fish Café
 
NEW JERSEY
Timothy Walsh and Lucas Kovalcik       
Owners
The Gravity Vault
 
NEW MEXICO
Anthony R. Tenorio     
CEO/Chairman      
Applied Technology Associates   
 
NEW YORK
Louis J. DeMent Jr.      
CEO         
Giovanni Food Company, Inc.   
  
NORTH CAROLINA
Stephen T. Forrest      
CEO        
Sandra F. Forrest
Secretary/Treasurer
Shane R. Gebauer
COO
Brushy Mountain Bee Farm
 
NORTH DAKOTA
Kari Warberg Block       
CEO        
Earth-Kind, Inc.      
 
OHIO
Karri Bass        
President & CEO
Illumination Research, Inc.
 
OKLAHOMA
Pam Fountain-Wilks     
President       
Principal Technologies, Inc.   
 
OREGON
Judith E. Huck      
President       
Classique Floors      
 
PENNSYLVANIA
Regina Broudy      
President & CEO      
Clayton Kendall, Inc.     
 
PUERTO RICO
Jose A. Irizarry      
President       
Natalabriel, Inc.
 
RHODE ISLAND
Brenda Brock      
Founder/CEO      
Farmaesthetics      
 
SOUTH CAROLINA
Noah Thomas Leask     
President, CEO & Chairman    
Ishpi Information Technologies  
  
SOUTH DAKOTA
Dwayne A. Klarenbeek      
President        
Midwestern Mechanical, Inc.  
   
TENNESSEE
Dr. Hashem Merdad Hashemian    
President & CEO      
AMS Technology Center
 
TEXAS
Aziz Mansoor      
President/COO      
Ahmed Mashnoon      
CEO/Secretary
Mueen Akhter
CFO/Vice President
Nebrands Media Corp.
 
UTAH
Roland J. Christensen      
CEO         
Applied Composite Technology Aerospace   
 
VERMONT
Peter Johnson      
Owner       
Pete’s Greens
 
VIRGINIA
Jason A. Cohen       
President        
ILM Corporation of Virginia, Inc. 
   
U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS
Charles N. King Jr.
President
Delta Electric & Construction Co., Inc.
 
WASHINGTON
Jill L. Blankenship      
CEO        
Frontline Call Center      
  And Frontline Services     
 
WEST VIRGINIA
Diane Lewis
President and CEO
Action Facilities Management, Inc.
 
WISCONSIN
Tom Nieman      
Owner       
Fromm Family Foods     
 
WYOMING
Aaron J. Rodolph
President
Rodolph Brothers, Inc. 

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Release Number: 13-26

Contact: Dennis Byrne
Email: Michael.Lampton@sba.gov
Phone: (202) 205-6567

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