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SBA Administrator Honors Nation’s Top Small Businesses

 PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
Contact: Terry Sutherland
202-205-6919
http://www.sba.gov/news

 

National Winner to be formally recognized in Washington, D.C., May 8

WASHINGTON – Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet, the head of the U.S. Small Business Administration, announced  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. A panel is currently reviewing all the packages and a national winner and two runners-up will be selected and announced at a future date.  The national winner will be recognized as the 2015 National Small Business Person of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration this year in Washington, D.C., May 8.

“It is my pleasure and honor to announce the 54 winners.  Competition was extremely keen across the nation for these prestigious awards. I couldn’t be any prouder than recognizing these outstanding entrepreneurs and small business owners, they represent the backbone of our economy. Small businesses created nearly 2 million of the roughly 3 million private-sector jobs generated in 2014.  More than 7 million of the 11 million jobs created during our recovery have been generated by startups and small enterprises,” said Contreras-Sweet.

Each year since 1963, the president has issued a proclamation calling for the celebration of National Small Business Week. This year National Small Business Week will be recognized from May 4-8 with national events planned in Miami, Los Angeles, San Antonio, New York and Washington, D.C.

2015 Small Business Person of the Year Winners

ALABAMA
Donna Coleman
CEO/President
Aetos Systems, Inc.

ALASKA
Renee L. Schofield
CEO
TSS, Inc.

2/2/2 SBPOY Winners

ARIZONA
Michael T. Melton
President/Owner
ClearCall Solutions LLC

ARKANSAS
Joel T. Johnson
President
P.I. Roofing

CALIFORNIA
Brian L. Milholland
President
Milholland Electric, Inc.

COLORADO
Teresa L. Porter
President & CEO
ISYS Technologies

CONNECTICUT
Michael Smulders
President
Garden of Light, Inc.
Dba Bakery on Main

DELAWARE
Joseph B. Winemiller
President
Greenleaf  Services, Inc.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
Necole Parker
CEO & Founder
The ELOCEN Group LLC

FLORIDA
Carol M. Craig
Founder and CEO
Craig Technologies

GEORGIA  
Scott Soesbee
CEO/Founder
FlameOff Coatings, Inc.

3/3/3 SBPOY Winners

GUAM 
Francis Kenney
Co-Owner/Executive
Timothy Murphy
Co-Owner/Operations
Jamaico, Inc.
Dba Jamaican Grill

HAWAII
Russell Ruderman
President
Island Naturals Market, Inc; Island Naturals Kona, Inc. and Island Naturals Pahoa, Inc.

IDAHO
Patrick Nauman
Owner
Weiser Classic Candy

ILLINOIS
John H. Griffin Jr.
President/CEO
AGB Investigative Services, Inc.

INDIANA
Christopher Shane Conner
Owner/President
Advanced Technologies in Electrical
& Communications, Inc.

IOWA
Deb David
CEO
Sisters Homestyle Entrees

KANSAS
Philip M. Brokenicky
President/CEO
New Horizons RV Corporation

KENTUCKY
Scott L. Shinn
President/CEO
Sustainment Solutions, Inc.

4/4/4 SBPOY Winners

LOUISIANA
Todd Matherne
CEO, Publisher
Renaissance Publishing

MAINE
Heidi V. Neal
Owner
Loyal Biscuit Co.

MARYLAND
Sophia Parker
CEO
DS Federal, Inc.

MASSACHUSETTS
Todd Snopkowski
Founder and President
Snapchef Culinary Training and Staffing

MICHIGAN
Pat LeBlanc
Chairman
EBW Electronics, Inc.

MINNESOTA
James F. Kruse
Co-Owner/Visionary
Melissa M. Kelley
Co-Owner/General Manager
J.F. Kruse Jewelers

MISSISSIPPI
Willie A. O’Neal Jr.
Derek Starling Sr.
Principals
SOL Engineering Services LLC

MISSOURI
Alan R. Doan
President
Sarah B. Galbraith
Board Director
Missouri Star Quilt Company, Inc.

5/5/5 SBPOY Winners

MONTANA
Rich Naylor
Founder and President
My Handyman Service & Construction, Inc.

NEBRASKA
Scott Mueller
President/CEO
Samson LLC

NEVADA
Chad McCullough
President
Elite Media, Inc.

NEW HAMPSHIRE
Scott Johnson
President/CEO
SOS Parts LLC
Dba Certified Retail Solutions

NEW JERSEY
Michael Miqueli
President/CEO
San Antonio Broker Services, Inc.

NEW MEXICO
Richard Jackson
CEO/Founder
American Document Services LLC

NEW YORK
Charles Feit
CEO
OnForce Solar, Inc.

NORTH CAROLINA
Jeff B. Slosman
President
National Wiper Alliance

NORTH DAKOTA
Paula Klein
Owner – Project Champion
Smartt Interior Construction LLC

6/6/6 SBPOY Winners

OHIO
Matt Fish
Owner/President
Melt Bar and Grilled, Inc.

OKLAHOMA
Brett Bain
President/Co-Founder
Brian Edwards
President/Co-Founder
FairWind LLC

OREGON
Robert W. Powell
President/Owner
Fab-Tech Manufacturing, Inc.

PENNSYLVANIA
Joseph G. Zidik
President and CEO
Custom Milling & Consulting, Inc. (CMC)

PUERTO RICO
Frank Medina-Rivera
President & CEO
Vita Natura

RHODE ISLAND
Christopher Ciunci
CEO
TribalVision LLC

SOUTH CAROLINA
Melissa Allen Gladden
President
Carolina Recruitment LLC

SOUTH DAKOTA
Sean M. Coffman
Owner/CEO
Carsforsale.com, Inc.

TENNESSEE
Dr. Edward S. Glaser
Founder & CEO
Sole Supports, Inc.

7/7/7 SBPOY Winners

TEXAS
David F. Shutler
President & CEO
Utility Systems Solutions, Inc.

UTAH
Cory R. Robison
CEO/Manager
Stonehenge Care

VERMONT
Monica A. Greene
President & CEO
Vermont Precision Tools

VIRGIN ISLANDS
Linda Bailey
Owner
Soul Creations, Inc.

VIRGINIA  
Paul T. Patterson
CEO
Generation Solutions Holdings, Inc.

WASHINGTON
Lori J. Blades
President/Founder
Kids ‘N Us Early Learning Academy

WEST VIRGINIA   
Jeannette Lee King
President & CEO
Strategic Resolution Experts, Inc.

WISCONSIN
Daniel Sidner
Owner
Joseph Muench
Chef/Owner
Black Shoe Hospitality

8/8/8 SBPOY Winners

WYOMING   
Jack Bedessem
President/CEO
Keith Marcott
Executive Vice President
Craig Carlson
Vice President
Trihydro Corporation

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