SBA Administrator Honors Nation’s Top Small Businesses

SBA Administrator Honors Nation’s Top Small Businesses

WASHINGTON – Administrator Linda McMahon, 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 and Puerto Rico. All of the winners have been invited to attend ceremonies in Washington, D.C on April 29-30 where they will be honored with their individual award along with special recognition of the three runners-up and the naming of the 2018 National Small Business Person of the Year.

“It is my honor and distinct pleasure to announce the 52 winners from across the U.S. and Puerto Rico,” McMahon said. “These small business owners define entrepreneurial spirit and best represent the 30 million small businesses that are the backbone and economic engine of our economy. I look forward to welcoming the winners to Washington next month when they are officially honored for their achievements.”

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 April 29 – May 5.

After the national awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. McMahon will continue National Small Business Week with a bus road show starting in Jacksonville, Fla. and then continue on to South Carolina and North Carolina.  Each stop she will meet with small business owners, visit small businesses and hold roundtable discussions. Additionally, virtual events, recognition and educational opportunities throughout SBA’s 10 Regions and 68 Districts will be held throughout the week.

 

2018 STATE SMALL BUSINESS PERSONS OF THE YEAR

 

ALABAMA  

Charles W. Underwood II                                                  

Owner

C & R Movers, LLC

Montgomery, AL 36110

 

ALASKA

Lori Brewer                                                                          

President

Caffe D’arte Alaska/Alaska Coffee & Restaurant Equipment

Anchorage, AK 99518

 

ARIZONA                

Dirck Theodor Schou                                                          

President and CEO

Catalina China, Inc.

Dba HF Coors

Tucson, AZ 85713

 

ARKANSAS

Joe Saumweber

Co-Founder & CEO

Michael Paladino

Co-Founder & CTO

RevUnit LLC

Bentonville, AR

 

CALIFORNIA

Matthew Cohen

Chief Executive Officer

Off the Grid Services, LLC

San Francisco, CA 94123

 

COLORADO

Margot Langstaff

Managing Partner – Marjority Owner

Elisa Jane Hamill

Managing Partner – Co-Owner

LifeHealth

Littleton, CO 80123

 

CONNECTICUT                

April Marie Lukasik

President

Bright & Early Children’s Learning Centers

North Branford, CT 06471

 

DELAWARE     

Kim Adams                                                              

President and CEO

Mountain Consulting, Inc.

Dover, DE 19904

 

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

Denita R. Conway

President and CEO

PROVEN Management, LLC

Washington, DC 20001

 

FLORIDA                

Michael Zaffaroni

Owner

Fernandina Mulch & Stone, LLC

Dba Liberty Landscape Supply

Fernandina Beach, FL 32034

 

GEORGIA                

Peter Andrews Dugas

President and CFO

Tonya Barr Dugas

CEO

Dusoul Company

Dba Technical Services Audio Visual

Athens, GA 30606

 

HAWAII

Reginald G. Perry

Managing Manager

Barbers Point Aviation Services, LLC

Kapolei, HI 96707

 

IDAHO         

September Myres                                                     

President and CEO

Sundance Consulting, Inc.

Pocatello, ID 83201

 

ILLINOIS

Rebecca Fyffe

President

ABC Humane Wildlife Control & Prevention, Inc.

Dba Landmark Pest Mgmt

Schaumburg, IL 60173

 

INDIANA                 

Michele Durante Meyer

President and CEO

Creative Solutions Consulting, Inc.

(CSCI Consulting)

Indianapolis, IN 46216

 

IOWA

Bob Simpson, President                                                      

Big River Packaging

Clinton, IA 52732

 

KANSAS                  

David Sasson

President & CEO

OverstockArt.com

Wichita, KS 67211

 

KENTUCKY

Lesme Romero

Owner/Manager

EZ Foods, Inc.

Dba Lexington Pasta/Lexington Pasta Garage

Lexington, KY 40505

 

LOUISIANA

Keith Porta

Managing Member

APC Construction, LLC

Harvey, LA 70058

 

MAINE         

Beth Shissler

President and COO

Donald Oakes

CEO

Sea Bags, LLC

Portland, ME 04101

 

MARYLAND

Tamara Michele Beideman

Owner

Elizabeth Jane, Inc.

Dba Sweet Elizabeth Jane

Ellicott City, MD 21043

 

 

MASSACHUSETTS

Joseph Melville

Gary Melville

Owners

Melville Candy Corporation

Randolph, MA 02368

 

MICHIGAN             

Albert F. Zehnder

CEO

Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth

Frankenmuth, MI 48734

 

MINNESOTA          

Brenda Kay Nolby

CEO

Jam Hops Gymnastics Factory, Inc.

Ham Lake, MN 55304

 

MISSISSIPPI

Barbara Alamsha                                                                

Tim Alamsha

Owners/Operators

Ear Candie Productions, LLC

Dba Rock U 2

Ocean Springs, MS 39564

 

MISSOURI              

Melissa Ann Smith, DDS

Managing Dentist and Owner/Operator

Washington Smiles Complete Health Dentistry

Washington, MO 63090

 

MONTANA  

Charles “Skip” King

Owner

King’s Ace Hardware

Billings, MT 59102

 

NEBRASKA

Mark Anthony Santo                                                          

Mark VII Enterprises, Inc.

Omaha, NE 68131

 

NEVADA                 

Medhi Zarhloul

Founder & CEO

Crazy Pita Rotisserie & Grill

Henderson, NV 89052

 

NEW HAMPSHIRE            

Mark Wentworth

President & CEO

Green View Technologies, Inc.

Rollinsford, NH 03869

 

NEW JERSEY         

Richard C. Spanier

President and CEO

Rudolph Research Analytical

Hackettstown, NJ 07840

 

NEW MEXICO                   

Jasper Dutch Riddle

President/Winemaker

Noisy Water Winery & Cellars

Ruidoso, NM 88345

 

NEW YORK

Snehal (Raj) Dayanidham Thakkar                                  

Founder & CEO

Charter School Business Management, Inc.

Dba FOREsight Financial Services for Good

New York, NY 10001

 

NORTH CAROLINA                     

Andrew Michael Matroni

Founder and CEO

Innovation Catering, Inc.

Dba Queen City Catering

Charlotte, NC 28208

 

NORTH DAKOTA  

Kari Marie Weigel                                                   

Executive Director/Owner

Sylvan Learning Center

Bismarck, ND 58503

 

OHIO

David S. Nolan

President/CEO

Quality Control Services LLC

Cleveland, OH 44114

 

OKLAHOMA           

Tracy Lynn Evans

Owner and CEO

Woodward Wellness Center, LLC

Woodward, OK 73801

 

OREGON                             

Matt Higgins

Owner

Coava Coffee Roasters, Inc.

Portland, OR 97214

 

PENNSYLVANIA 

William A. Campbell

CEO

Water Treatment Services

Dba First Defense Operations Management

Monroeville, PA 15146

 

PUERTO RICO                   

Alex Gomez                                                                           

President

Tijuana’s Bar & Grill Corp.

San Juan, Puerto Rico 00909

 

RHODE ISLAND    

Kelly Beth Mendell  

President

MIKEL, Inc.

Middletown, RI 02842

 

SOUTH CAROLINA                      

Ronald David McNeil

CEO

Hannah Solar Government Services

Charleston, SC 29492

 

SOUTH DAKOTA  

Kevin Nyberg

President/CEO

Nyberg’s Ace Hardware, Inc.

Sioux Falls, SD 57105

 

TENNESSEE                       

Joseph Powers

Owner

Green Cube Solutions

Blountville, TN 37617

 

TEXAS         

Von C. Washington Sr.                                                       

President and CEO

IDA Technology

El Paso, TX 79905

 

UTAH

Paul Casper Merrill

CEO/President

Casper’s Ice Cream, Inc.

Dba Fatboy Ice Cream, Inc.

Richmond, UT 84333

 

VERMONT  

Sacha Mayer

CEO, Co-Founder

Christine Dodson

COO, Co-Founder

Mamava, Inc.

Burlington, VT 05401

 

VIRGINIA               

David S. Kyle II

President/Chief Executive Officer

Trademasters Service Corporation

Lorton, VA 22079

 

WASHINGTON      

Danny House

Owner

Dan The Sausageman

Burien, WA 98166

 

WEST VIRGINIA

Douglas Tate

President & CEO

Alpha Technologies, Inc.

Hurricane, WV 25526

 

WISCONSIN           

Miles Harter

CEO

Curt Greeno

President

Dynamic Recycling

Onalaska, WI 54650

 

WYOMING  

Tyler Reed Miller

President

Earth Work Solutions

Gillette, WY 82717

Originally posted at https://www.sba.gov/node/1616040

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