SBA Announces the Nation’s Top Small Business Persons

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Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration, Linda McMahon, announced the winners of the 2019 Small Business Persons of the Year awards, recognizing innovative entrepreneurs contributing to their local economy and community from all fifty states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam.

The winners will be honored with their awards at ceremonies in Washington, D.C., on May 5th and 6th. During the ceremonies, the Small Business Person of the Year will be announced of the 53 award recipients. The event will take place during National Small Business Week, observed May 5-11th, which recognizes the contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners.

“I am delighted to recognize the 53 winners from across the country as they gather in our nation’s capital,” McMahon said in the official release. “Entrepreneurs are the innovators who take risks on ideas, invest in their communities, and create jobs.  Their skills and creativity not only support their own families, but they also make our neighborhoods and cities vibrant places to live and work, fueling our overall economic strength. These small business owners best represent the nation’s 30 million small businesses and I look forward to welcoming the winners to Washington, D.C. in May when they are officially honored for their accomplishments.”

2019 Small Business Persons of the Year Winners

ALABAMA

Alana Parker                                                                                    

President                                                                                                                          

Rocket City Drywall & Supply

Huntsville, AL

 

ALASKA             

John Tatham                                                                                  

President

Janet Tatham

Vice President

Shelley Bramstedt

Secretary/Treasurer

PIP Printing of AK

Anchorage, AK

 

ARIZONA                          

Jennifer Herbert                                                                                             

Chief Executive Officer                                                

Jeff Herbert

Chief Strategic Officer

Superstition Meadery LLC

Prescott, AZ

 

ARKANSAS      

April Broderick                                                                

Majority Owner/President                                                         

A&A Fire and Safety Company                                 

Sherwood, AR

 

CALIFORNIA   

Jeffrey Perry                                                    

President                                                                                          

All Industrial Tool Supply                                           

Huntington Beach, CA

 

COLORADO     

Rick Schmidt                   

President and CEO                                                        

Tipping Point Solutions              

Centennial, CO

 

CONNECTICUT

Joyce Reynolds                                                              

President                                                                                          

Jerardo Reynolds

Vice President

Reynolds Welding and Fabrication

Windsor, CT

 

DELAWARE     

Donald Chupp                                                 

President and CEO                                          

Fireside Partners                                             

Dover, DE

 

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA          

Paul Abbott                                                                

Owner                                                                        

Laura Abbott

Co-Owner

Life of Riley

Washington, DC

 

FLORIDA                     

Jeff Turbeville                                                             

Owner/CEO

Sunshine Peanut Company

Jacksonville, FL

 

GEORGIA                    

Rebecca Lamont                                                         

President & Founder                                                   

Jeff Lamont                                                                

Director of Operations                                    

Pathways Behavioral Consulting

Marietta, GA

 

GUAM

Richard Chan

President

Mika Gibson

Vice President

Archway

Tamuning, Guam

 

HAWAII

Rolf Klein

CEO

Alvin Bongolan

COO

Hawaii Energy Systems

Aiea, HI

 

IDAHO

Nate Bondelid                                                             

President                                                                               

Tek-Hut

Boise, ID

 

ILLINOIS         

Cornelius Damon Griggs                                  

President/CEO                                                            

GMA Construction Group                                                        

Chicago, IL                                                       

 

INDIANA        

Casey Wright                                                                          

CEO                                                                                        

NinjaZone & Wright Gymnastics          

Greenwood, IN

 

IOWA

Brad Barber

CEO, Co-Founder                                            

Angie Barber

COO, Co-Founder

Cabin Coffee Franchising

Clear Lake, Iowa

 

KANSAS

Kurt Schmidt

President/Owner

Picasso’s Pizzeria

Wichita, KS

 

KENTUCKY  

Paul Isenberg                                                             

Owner/Founder                                                                     

Smart Start Child Care

Bowling Green, KY

 

LOUISIANA     

LTC Danny Blanks, USAR-Ret                           

Member/CEO                                                             

Barlow Cook                                                               

Member/CCO                                                             

James Washington III                                      

Member/CFO

Pontchartrain Partners

New Orleans, LA

 

MAINE

Janie Wang

Owner/Member                                                                     

Modernist Pantry                                                        

Eliot, ME                                                          

 

MARYLAND    

Zhensen Huang                                                           

CEO                                                                                        

Precise Software Solutions                              

Rockville, MD

 

MASSACHUSETTS        

Swati Elavia                                                     

President                                                                               

Monsoon Kitchens

Shrewsbury, MA

 

MICHIGAN                 

Kathleen Eberle                                  

President/CEO                                                            

NPO Transportation

Southfield, MI

 

MINNESOTA               

Christine Lantin                                               

President                                                                               

Maud Borup                                       

Plymouth, MN

 

MISSISSIPPI                

Jennifer Sutton, D.S., D.V.M.                                       

President

Jeffrey Sutton, B.S., D.V.M.

Secretary/Treasurer

Gulf Coast Veterinary Services

Biloxi, MS

 

MISSOURI                  

Carol Espinosa                                                            

Principal

Freedom Interiors

Kansas City, MO

 

MONTANA     

Devon Davidson                                                                      

President/Owner                                                        

MARS of Billings                                                          

Billings, MT

 

NEBRASKA

Leon Weiland, President/Owner                                 

Jean Weiland, Partner/Secretary/Treasurer                             

Weiland Doors                                                                        

Norfolk, NE

 

NEVADA                     

Elena Ledoux                                                  

CEO                                                                            

Nargiza Mukhutdinova

General Manager

Superb Maids

Las Vegas, NV

 

NEW HAMPSHIRE                   

Hale Cole-Tucker                                                        

President and Co-Founder

Erica Cole-Tucker

Vice President, Operations and Co-Founder

Tucker Restaurant Group

New London, NH

 

NEW JERSEY               

Carl Fisher                                                                  

CEO                                                                                        

Karen Froberg-Fejko                                                  

President                                                                               

Bio-Serv and Radon Supplies               

Flemington, NJ                                     

 

NEW MEXICO

Emile Gonzales                                               

President                                                                               

G2i, LLC                                                                      

Albuquerque, NM

 

NEW YORK     

Christopher Bren                                            

William Freedman                                          

Todd Stewart                                                  

Members

Picture Farm II, LLC

Brooklyn, NY

 

NORTH CAROLINA                  

Steven Ceccarelli                                             

CEO/President                                                

Farm Fresh Produce                            

Faison, NC

 

NORTH DAKOTA         

Troy Derheim                                                 

President                                                                   

Derheim Inc.                                       

Harwood, ND                           

 

OHIO              

Kristen Bailey                                      

Co-Founder & CEO                                          

Sweets and Meats

Cincinnati, OH

 

OKLAHOMA   

Michael Van Eaton                                          

President                                                                   

Cacy Van Eaton                                               

Vice President

Susan Van Eaton

Secretary-Treasurer

Van Eaton Ready Mix

Shawnee, OK

 

OREGON                    

Marshall Doyle                                                

President                                                                   

Cal-Cert Company                                           

Clackamas, OR                         

 

PENNSYLVANIA          

Ethan Wendle                                                 

Co-Founder and CEO                                       

Matthew Chverchko                                       

Co-Founder and COO

DiamondBack Automotive Accessories

Phillipsburg, PA

 

PUERTO RICO

Marie Rosado Collado                         

President                                                                   

Angel Rosado

Vice President

3A Press Corp.

Lajas, Puerto Rico

 

RHODE ISLAN

Justin Oakley

Owner/Occupational Therapist

Michael Vieira

Owner, MA & RI Licensed Contractor

Oakley Home Access

Narragansett, RI

 

SOUTH CAROLINA       

Adam Huneau                                                 

Owner, Founder and CEO

Alodia’s Cucina Italiana

Lexington, SC

 

SOUTH DAKOTA                      

Derek  DeGeest                                  

President

DeGeest Steel Works

Tea, SD

 

TENNESSEE     

Larry Schmittou                                                          

President

L&S Family Entertainment

Hendersonville, TN

 

TEXAS             

Christi Bond                                                    

Co-Founder/President                                    

Ragan Bon

Co-Founder/Vice President

Independence Coffee

Brenham, TX

 

UTAH

Vivien Bohme                                                             

Owner and CEO                                                          

Fernanda Bohme

Owner and Designer

Bohme

Sandy, Utah

 

VERMONT                  

Steven Gagner                                                            

Owner/Founder

14th Star Brewing Company

St. Albans, VT

 

VIRGINIA                    

Roberto Ortiz

President/CEO

AVMAC, LLC

Chesapeake, VA

 

WASHINGTON

Ross Black                                                                                                                   

Founder/CEO                                                             

Simple Box Storage                                                     

Lynden, WA

 

WEST VIRGINIA

Michael Mills

Managing Principa

Mills Group

|Morgantown, WV

 

WISCONSIN  

Stacy Tuschl                                                                

President                                                                   

The Academy of Performing Arts-Oak Creek and Franklin

Oak Creek, Wisconsin

 

WYOMING     

Ryan Gregory                                                             

President                                                                               

Wyoming Roofing

Sheridan, WY

Congratulations to the 2019 Small Business Persons of the Year winners! See the official announcement here.

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