Small Business Person of the Year winners from 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam will converge on Washington, D.C. in late April to mark the annual celebration of National Small Business Week during SBA Expo ’05. One of them will be selected as National Small Business Person of the Year.
The announcement will take place at the U.S. Small Business Administration’s SBA Expo ’05 held April 26-28, 2005 at the Hilton Washington
The winners represent a diverse cross-section of American small businesses from building contractors to restaurateurs, from motorcycle dealerships to hybrid vegetable producers.
The event also features a special awards ceremony for Government Procurement winners, Women in Business, Small Business Advocates, Phoenix Awards, and the SBA’s Hall of Fame, which recognizes successful companies that once were small and now are large, and got their start with SBA assistance.
SBA Expo ’05: Celebrating National Small Business Week, co-sponsored by SCORE, will feature special events that include a small business expo with nearly 200 exhibitors, a business matchmaking event, business seminars, a town hall meeting and award ceremonies honoring the nation’s top entrepreneurs. Other highlights will include notable speakers and business industry leaders from trade associations, and local and federal governments, speaking on issues of vital interest to the small business community.
Due to growth and popular demand, this year’s Business Matchmaking will be held for a full day at the start of the Expo, as well as an additional half-day. The matchmaking will pair small businesses or “sellers” with government or corporate executives or “buyers” to make on-site contracting deals. Business owners, business organizations, other individuals and the news media can register for SBA Expo ’05 events online at http://www.sba.gov/expo.
Editor’s note: A list of state winners follows.
2005 STATE SMALL BUSINESS PERSONS OF THE YEAR
Laura Johnston Clark
President and CEO
LJC Construction Co., Inc.
Greg Niesen and Lenora Niesen, Co-owners
Frontier Business Systems Inc,
Thomas E. Rauls, President
Ralph W. Fisel, Vice President
New Century Coatings, LLC
Apache Junction, AZ
Andrew G. Russell III, Founder
Goldie Russell, President
The Knife Co., Inc.
Craig Curran, President
Smart Systems Technologies, Inc.
Walter W. Huang, President
Huang International, Inc.
Al Lucchino and Carl Lucchino, Co-owners
Harley-Davidson/Buell of Danbury
Mary Anne Murray, Director
Griswold Special Care
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
Payal Tak, President & CEO
Gilbert Gonzalez, President
Mission Critical Solutions of Tampa (MCS)
Tom Eaves, President and CEO
Star Software Systems Corporation
Warner Robins, GA
George K. Lai, President
Quality Distributors, Inc.
Dennis M. Matsui, President
Modesto Revilla Jr., Vice President
Robert R. Acasio, Secretary & Treasurer
Aloha Machine & Welding, Ltd.
Rob Randall, President
Randall Contracting, Inc.
Samuel Zepeda Jr., President
Vistas Construction of Illinois, Inc.
Larry M. Davis, President
Daman Products Co., Inc.
Frank Ashby Russell, CEO
West Des Moines, IA
Jacob (Jay) Schroetlin, Owner
Schroetlin Enterprises, Inc.
Joseph G. Mason III, Managing Partner
PETSuites of America
David W. Trussell, President & CEO
D&H Wholesale Medical, Inc.
Marianne Sensale-Guerin, President and Owner
Guerin Associates, LLC
Mukesh Majmudar, President & CEO
Frederick J. Curtis Jr., President
Curtis Tractor Cab, Inc.
Michael D. McCormack, Chairman and CEO
Rachel M. McCormack, President and CFO
Lynn R. Gordon, President and Founder
French Meadow Bakery
Kenneth Williams, M.D, Owner
Williams Medical Clinic
Holly Springs, MS
Brenda Newberry, President & CEO
The Newberry Group, Inc.
St. Charles, MO
Harry Staley, President
Staley’s Tire & Automotive, Inc.
Donna Herrick, President
Roger Nesbitt, Executive Vice President
Battle Creek, NE
Scott Acton, President
Las Vegas, NV
William F. Whyte, CEO
W.S. Badger Co., Inc.
Joseph J. Needham, CEO
J. Scott Needham, President
Princeton Air Conditioning, Inc.
John Avila, Managing Member
Kathleen Avila, Managing Member
Avila Retail Development & Management, LLC
Michael D. Grosso, CEO
Hugh J. Quigley, President
Dynabil Industries, Inc.
Lois Clearman Stephenson, President
Building Blocks Child Care
& Development Center
Jon Swegarden and John Lund
Precision Diagnostic Services
Tom Shelley, Founder and President
Universal Percussion, Inc.
Michael O. Lyles, President & CEO
Leader Communications, Inc.
Oklahoma City, OK
Courtesy Vending, LLC
Brian G. Uffelman, President
Shawn L. McCall, Executive Vice President
Edward J. Chezosky, Senior Vice President
Rafael Padilla Zayas, President
Lucy’s Auto Parts
Joyce Rodriguez Gifford, D.V.M.
Veterinarian and Owner
Abbott Valley Veterinary Center
William Mack Head, President and Owner
H&H Auto Service, Inc.
Hilton Head Island, SC
Dwight Beukelman, President
Deb Beukelman, Accountant
Qualified Presort Services, Inc.
Sioux Falls, SD
Elisa B. Comer, CEO
Eagle’s Landing Transcription Service
Johnson City, TN
Rebecca Boenigk, CEO and
Chairman of the Board
Neutral Posture, Inc.
Susan P. Rice, President
Cavanagh Services Group, LLC
Salt Lake City, UT
Oliver Gardner, President and Owner
Four Seasons Garden Center
Louis Zak, President
PowerSystems International, Inc.
Natural Bridge Station, VA
Steven James Bell, President & CEO
Pacific Crest Industries, Inc.
Jon K. Hammock, President
KeyLogic Systems, Inc.
James Lindenberg, President
World Class Wire and Cable, Inc.
New Berlin, WI
Kon Ho In, Owner
Star Video Library, Star Video Audio
Star Computer Depot