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SBA Honors Nation’s Best Small Businesses During National Small Business Week

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
Hotel.
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

ALABAMA
Laura Johnston Clark
President and CEO
LJC Construction Co., Inc.
Dothan, AL

ALASKA
Greg Niesen and Lenora Niesen, Co-owners
Frontier Business Systems Inc,
Anchorage, AK

ARIZONA
Thomas E. Rauls, President
Ralph W. Fisel, Vice President
New Century Coatings, LLC
Apache Junction, AZ

ARKANSAS
Andrew G. Russell III, Founder
Goldie Russell, President
The Knife Co., Inc.
Lowell, AR

CALIFORNIA
Craig Curran, President
Smart Systems Technologies, Inc.
Irvine, CA

COLORADO
Walter W. Huang, President
Huang International, Inc.
Loveland, CO

CONNECTICUT
Al Lucchino and Carl Lucchino, Co-owners
Harley-Davidson/Buell of Danbury
Danbury, CT

DELAWARE
Mary Anne Murray, Director
Griswold Special Care
Newark, DE

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
Payal Tak, President & CEO
Telesis Corporation

FLORIDA
Gilbert Gonzalez, President
Mission Critical Solutions of Tampa (MCS)
Tampa, FL

GEORGIA
Tom Eaves, President and CEO
Star Software Systems Corporation
Warner Robins, GA

GUAM
George K. Lai, President
Quality Distributors, Inc.
Tamuning, GU

HAWAII
Dennis M. Matsui, President
Modesto Revilla Jr., Vice President
Robert R. Acasio, Secretary & Treasurer
Aloha Machine & Welding, Ltd.
Hilo, HI

IDAHO
Rob Randall, President
Randall Contracting, Inc.
Kellogg, ID

ILLINOIS
Samuel Zepeda Jr., President
Vistas Construction of Illinois, Inc.
Chicago, IL

INDIANA
Larry M. Davis, President
Daman Products Co., Inc.
Mishawaka, IN

IOWA
Frank Ashby Russell, CEO
GeoLearning, Inc.
West Des Moines, IA

KANSAS
Jacob (Jay) Schroetlin, Owner
Schroetlin Enterprises, Inc.
Kinsley, KS

KENTUCKY
Joseph G. Mason III, Managing Partner
PETSuites of America
Erlanger, KY

LOUISIANA
David W. Trussell, President & CEO
D&H Wholesale Medical, Inc.
Ruston, LA

MAINE
Marianne Sensale-Guerin, President and Owner
Guerin Associates, LLC
Gorham, ME

MARYLAND
Mukesh Majmudar, President & CEO
Star Hotels
Columbia, MD

MASSACHUSETTS
Frederick J. Curtis Jr., President
Curtis Tractor Cab, Inc.
Worcester, MA

MICHIGAN
Michael D. McCormack, Chairman and CEO
Rachel M. McCormack, President and CFO
MicroMax, Inc.
Canton, MI

MINNESOTA
Lynn R. Gordon, President and Founder
French Meadow Bakery
Minneapolis, MN

MISSISSIPPI
Kenneth Williams, M.D, Owner
Williams Medical Clinic
Holly Springs, MS

MISSOURI
Brenda Newberry, President & CEO
The Newberry Group, Inc.
St. Charles, MO

MONTANA
Harry Staley, President
Staley’s Tire & Automotive, Inc.
Billings, MT

NEBRASKA
Donna Herrick, President
Roger Nesbitt, Executive Vice President
Producers Hybrids
Battle Creek, NE

NEVADA
Scott Acton, President
Trevi Manufacturing
Las Vegas, NV

NEW HAMPSHIRE
William F. Whyte, CEO
W.S. Badger Co., Inc.
Gilsum, NH

NEW JERSEY
Joseph J. Needham, CEO
J. Scott Needham, President
Princeton Air Conditioning, Inc.
Princeton, NJ

NEW MEXICO
John Avila, Managing Member
Kathleen Avila, Managing Member
Avila Retail Development & Management, LLC
Albuquerque, NM

NEW YORK
Michael D. Grosso, CEO
Hugh J. Quigley, President
Dynabil Industries, Inc.
Coxsackie, NY

NORTH CAROLINA
Lois Clearman Stephenson, President
Building Blocks Child Care
& Development Center
Clayton, NC

NORTH DAKOTA
Jon Swegarden and John Lund
Co-founders/Owners
Precision Diagnostic Services
Fargo, ND

OHIO
Tom Shelley, Founder and President
Universal Percussion, Inc.
Columbiana, OH

OKLAHOMA
Michael O. Lyles, President & CEO
Leader Communications, Inc.
Oklahoma City, OK

OREGON
Paresh Patel
Courtesy Vending, LLC
Portland, OR

PENNSYLVANIA
Brian G. Uffelman, President
Shawn L. McCall, Executive Vice President
Edward J. Chezosky, Senior Vice President
iMortgage Services
Pittsburgh, PA

PUERTO RICO
Rafael Padilla Zayas, President
Lucy’s Auto Parts
Barranquitas, PR

RHODE ISLAND
Joyce Rodriguez Gifford, D.V.M.
Veterinarian and Owner
Abbott Valley Veterinary Center
Cumberland, RI

SOUTH CAROLINA
William Mack Head, President and Owner
H&H Auto Service, Inc.
Hilton Head Island, SC

SOUTH DAKOTA
Dwight Beukelman, President
Deb Beukelman, Accountant
Qualified Presort Services, Inc.
Sioux Falls, SD

TENNESSEE
Elisa B. Comer, CEO
Eagle’s Landing Transcription Service
Johnson City, TN

TEXAS
Rebecca Boenigk, CEO and
Chairman of the Board
Neutral Posture, Inc.
Bryan, TX

UTAH
Susan P. Rice, President
Cavanagh Services Group, LLC
Salt Lake City, UT

VERMONT
Oliver Gardner, President and Owner
Four Seasons Garden Center
Williston, VT

VIRGINIA
Louis Zak, President
PowerSystems International, Inc.
Natural Bridge Station, VA

WASHINGTON
Steven James Bell, President & CEO
Pacific Crest Industries, Inc.
Kent, WA

WEST VIRGINIA
Jon K. Hammock, President
KeyLogic Systems, Inc.
Morgantown, WV

WISCONSIN
James Lindenberg, President
World Class Wire and Cable, Inc.
New Berlin, WI

WYOMING
Kon Ho In, Owner
Star Video Library, Star Video Audio
Star Computer Depot
Best, Inc.
Sheridan, WY

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