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SBA Honors Nation's Top Small Businesses

March 14, 2012

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 May, when one of them will be selected as National Small Business Person of the Year during the U.S. Small Business Administration's celebration of National Small Business Week, May 20-22.

The participating state small business winners represent a broad range of business products, services and innovations, including a gourmet food maker from Maine, a North Carolina microbrewery, a bus-builder from Nevada, a Wisconsin dental clinic, a machine parts miller from Iowa, a trade show producer from New Mexico and 47 others from across the country.

While in D.C., the winners will have opportunities to meet with top administration officials, congressional representatives and national business leaders. The highlight of the celebration will come when one of them is named National Small Business Person of the Year.

National Small Business Week is cosponsored by the SCORE Association as well as numerous corporate and trade sponsors to be announced.

Events on the three-day schedule will be available for viewing virtually through SBA's free, live webcasting, which will be accessible at Interested parties can register online at the same site, where additional information (updated weekly) is available regarding registration, awards ceremonies, small business forums and educational and matchmaking sessions. The event also will be webcast live at the web site.

Participants also will be recognized for their involvement in disaster recovery, government contracting, and their support for small businesses and entrepreneurship, and awards will be presented to SBA partners in financial and entrepreneurial development, including the year's top SCORE Chapter, Small Business Development Center and Women's Business Center.

The National Small Business Week award events will include the following individuals and groups (Others can be found at the National Small Business Week website at

-- The National Small Business Person of the Year, selected from the State

Small Business Persons of the Year.

-- The Champion Awards, recognizing both individuals and organizations for

their achievements on behalf of small business, including minority,

women and veteran-owned small businesses.

-- The Phoenix Awards, recognizing a public official, a business owner and

a volunteer whose efforts have helped their businesses or communities

recover successfully from a disaster.

-- The Lenders of the Year, honoring financial institutions, including

those that provide financing for small business exporters and inner city


-- The Entrepreneurial Development Awards honoring Small Business

Development Centers, Women's Business Centers and the National SCORE

Chapter of the Year for their innovation and excellence in assistance to

entrepreneurs and small businesses, plus awards for SCORE, SBDC and

Women's Business Center counselors of the year.

-- The Dwight D. Eisenhower Award for Excellence, recognizing large prime

contractors who have excelled in their utilization of small businesses

as suppliers and subcontractors.

-- The Gold Star Award, recognizing exemplary performance of federal staff

who manage the aggressive goals and strategic initiatives that help

ensure a role for small business in the federal marketplace.

-- The Frances Perkins Vanguard Award, honoring industry for excellence in

the use of women-owned small businesses as prime contractors and


-- The Small Business Prime Contractors and Small Business Subcontractor of

the Years, honoring small businesses that have provided government and

industry with outstanding goods and services as prime or sub

contractors. A list of state winners is below. A complete list of all award winners will be available on the National Small Business Week Web site at

Small Business Persons of the Year for 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam

ALABAMA Robin DuBrock Gregorius, RN Owner/Administrator Country Gables Assisted Living, Inc. 12250 Hi Fields Road Grand Bay, AL 36541 (251) 367-2800

ALASKA Cynthia "Rene" Haag President Blaine's Art, Inc. 1025 Photo Avenue Anchorage, AK 99503 (907) 561-5344

ARIZONA Zeferino Banda Jr. President/CEO Banda Group Intl., LLC 1799 E. Queen Creek Road, Suite 1 Chandler, AZ 85286 (480) 636-8734

ARKANSAS Dr. Alexander Lostetter President & CEO Jared Hornberger Director of Manufacturing Sharmila Mounce Business Operations Manager Dr. Roberto Marcelo Schupbach Chief Technology Officer Arkansas Power Electronics International, Inc. 535 W. Research Center Blvd., Suite 209 Fayetteville, AR 72701 (479) 443-5759

CALIFORNIA Jack R. White Jr. President Home Brew Mart, Inc. Dba Ballast Point 10051 Old Grove Avenue San Diego, CA 92131 (858) 695-2739

COLORADO James E. Hurley President JE Hurley Construction, Inc. 4602 Northpark Drive Colorado Springs, CO 80918 (719) 265-8668

CONNECTICUT Lawrence Janesky Owner/President Connecticut Basement Systems 60 Silvermine Road Seymour, CT 06483 (800) 640-1500 ext. 9328

DELAWARE Eliseo Valenzuela President Cheryl A. Valenzuela Vice President Joseph A. Wolfe Executive Director First State Manufacturing, Inc. 301 SE Fourth Street Milford, DE 19963 (304) 424-4520

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA Ryung Suh, MD CEO Mark H. Chichester, JD President Atlas Research 3240 Prospect Street, NW, Suite 100 Washington, DC 20007 (202) 717-8710

FLORIDA Ann D. Sabbag Founder & CEO Health Designs, Inc. 35 Executive Way, Suite 110 Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082 (904) 285-2019

GEORGIA Laura L. Darnall Lois T. Judy Co-Owners Candy Craft Creations, LLC 64 Ross Road Garden City, GA 31415 (912) 232-4410 GUAM Richard K. Lai President Wing On Corporation P.O. Box 9173 Tamuning, GU 96931 (671) 472-2695

HAWAII Michael Tokunaga President S. Tokunaga Store 26 Hoku Street Hilo, HI 96720 (808) 935-6965

IDAHO Sondra F. McMindes, M.S. Owner Children's Therapy Place, Inc. 6855 West Fairview Avenue, Suite 120 Boise, ID 83704 (208) 323-8888

ILLINOIS Michelle Hayward President Bluedog Design 403 North Carpenter Street Chicago, IL 60642 (312) 243-1101

INDIANA Timothy A. Whicker President Electric Plus, Inc. 101 Lincoln Street Danville, IN 46122 (317) 777-6161

IOWA Timothy Greene Owner Quality Machine of Iowa 1040 Fourth Avenue Audubon, IA 50025 (712) 563-2598

KANSAS Gordon L. Jenkins Mary E. Jenkins Owners Cimarron Shurfine Foods, LLC Dba White's Foodliner 18309 E. Highway 50 P.O. Box 608 Cimarron, KS 67835 (620) 855-3561

KENTUCKY Donovan Wadsworth President/CEO D&M Contracting, Inc. P.O. Box 1864 Richmond, KY 40475 (859) 624-4078

LOUISIANA Edward V. Lepre President & CEO International Drug Detection, LLC 200 Hickory Avenue Harahan, LA 70123 (504) 620-0070

MAINE Michael R. Cote President & CEO Look's Gourmet Food Company, Inc. 1112 Cutler Road Whiting, ME 04691 (207) 259-3341

MARYLAND Janet Irene Amirault President and CE Software Consortium, Inc. 10025 Governor Warfield Parkway, Suite 101 Columbia, MD 21044 (410) 740-1910

MASSACHUSETTS Paula A. White CEO & Founder 600 lb. gorillas, Inc. 558 Washington Street Duxbury, MA 02331 (781) 452-7274

MICHIGAN John Charles Lowery President Applied Imaging 5282 East Paris Avenue, SE Grand Rapids, MI 49512 (616) 554-5200

MINNESOTA Darrin Swanson President & CEO Kit Masters, Inc. and Swan Machine, LLC 825 First Street NE Perham, MN 56573 (218) 346-2121

MISSISSIPPI Charles E. Fuqua Jr. Owner Four Seasons Lawn Care, LLC 4836 Main Street Moss Point, MS 39563 (228) 355-0373

MISSOURI Vicki LaRose President Civil Design, Inc. 1552 South Seventh Street St. Louis, MO 63104 (314) 863-5570

MONTANA Kenneth Clow Walsh President Simms Fishing Products, LLC 101 Evergreen Drive P.O. Box 3645 Bozeman, MT 59772 (406) 585-3557

NEBRASKA Duane Ohlrich President Patricia Ohlrich Secretary Industrial Systems & Supply, Inc. 2760 East 29th Avenue Columbus, NE 68601 (402) 564-4445

NEVADA Nancy Munoz Founder/Director Leah Munoz President Rachel Drenk Secretary SVI Dba Specialty Vehicles 440 Mark Leany Drive Henderson, NV 89011 (702) 567-5256

NEW HAMPSHIRE Abhijit Nobis CEO Nobis Engineering, Inc. 18 Chenell Drive Concord, NH 03301 (603) 224-4182

NEW JERSEY Marjorie A. Perry President & CEO MZM Construction Company, Inc. 105 Lock Street, Suite 405 Newark, NJ 07103 (973) 242-7100

NEW MEXICO Gina M. Euell President Exhibit Solutions of New Mexico 4301 Masthead St., N.E., Suite C Albuquerque, NM 87109 (505) 298-5121

NEW YORK Michael Mandina President Richard Plympton CEO Optimax Systems, Inc. 6367 Dean Parkway Ontario, NY 14519 (585) 217-0729

NORTH CAROLINA Oscar Peter Wong President Highland Brewing Company 12 Old Charlotte Highway #H Asheville, NC 28805 (828) 299-3370

NORTH DAKOTA Heather Ann Jones President City Air Mechanical, Inc. 3505 East Rosser Avenue Bismarck, ND 58501 (701) 223-3775

OHIO Victoria P. Tifft President & CEO Clinical Research Management, Inc. 1265 Ridge Road Hinckley, OH 44233 (330) 278-2343

OKLAHOMA David A. Waits President & CEO SST Development Group, Inc. 824 North Country Club Road Stillwater, OK 74074 (888) 377-5334

OREGON Charles (Chip) W. Sammons Owner/President Holistic Pet Center 15599 SE 82nd Clackamax, OR 97015 (503) 656-5342

PENNSYLVANIA Michael Mancuso Jennifer Mancuso Owners Figliomeni Drug Stores 19 Dundaff Street Carbondale, PA 18407 (570) 282-3033

PUERTO RICO Oscar Quiles President Pentaq Manufacturing Corp. Rayo Guaras Industrial Park Sabana Grande, PR 00637 (787) 873-6055

RHODE ISLAND Carolyn A. Rafaelian President Alex and Ani 115 Pettaconsett Avenue Cranston, RI 02920 (401) 467-3952

SOUTH CAROLINA Radha B. Herring Broker-in-Charge Watermark Real Estate Group 563 Mt. Gilead Road P.O. Box 956 Murrells Inlet, South Carolina 29576 (843) 314-4284

SOUTH DAKOTA Kevin J. Berg President Emily E. Berg Vice President First Manufacturing, LLC 26119 S. Robin Drive Sioux Falls, SD 57107 (605) 261-7294

TENNESSEE Michael W. Lister President Douglas Allen Renegar Vice President Tamara C. Lister Vice President Laurel Pryor Renegar Chief Financial Officer Famous Five Dining, Inc. 227 Polk Place Drive Franklin, TN 37064 (615) 791-0536

TEXAS Michael Paul Minton Owner Minton's Sportsplex 5610 Richmond Road Texarkana, TX 75503 (903) 838-4697

UTAH Karen Woodbury President and CEO Woodbury Technologies, Inc. 1725 East 1450 South, Suite 240 Clearfield, UT 84050 (801) 554-5125

VERMONT Charles B. Curtis Jr. CEO Draker Laboratories 431 Pine Street, Suite 114 Burlington, VT 05401 (802) 865-3866

VIRGINIA Jonathan L. Hagmaier CEO Mary V. Hagmaier Director of Corporate Relations Matthew Mark Muller Solutions Architect Jacob E. Gibson VP of Business Development Interactive Achievement, Inc. 601 Campbell Avenue Roanoke, VA 24015 (540) 797-5158

WASHINGTON Marla Beck Owner and President Andelcare 14400 Bel-Red Road, Suite 109 Bellevue, WA 98007 (425) 283-0408

WEST VIRGINIA Frances Foster Brooks CEO Gene T. Brooks Jr. President BrooAlexa, LLC 405 Maxwell Street Charleston, WV 25311 (304) 720-1922

WISCONSIN Dr. Thomas Turner Dr. Corey Brimacombe Dr. Carl Hash Dr. Joshua Spiegl Owners First Impressions, S.C. 413 N. 17th Avenue Wausau, WI 54401 (715) 842-4649

WYOMING Isaac Lee Swenson Operator/Owner Tamara Rae Swenson Administrator/Owner Rapid Wire, LLC 78 Sievers Road Cora, WY 82925 (307) 367-4103

Small Business Week 2012 sponsors and cosponsors include: the Association of Small Business Development Centers, the InterContinental Hotel Group, Lockheed Martin, the National Association of Development Companies, the National Association of Government Guaranteed Lenders, the National Association for the Self-Employed, Northrup Grumman, Office Depot, Paychex, Raytheon, SCORE, the Small Business Investor Alliance, VISA, and Women Impacting Public Policy.

The U.S. Small Business Administration's participation in this cosponsored activity does not constitute an express or implied endorsement of any cosponsor's, donor's, grantee's, contractor's or participant's opinions, products, or services. All SBA programs and cosponsored programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Reasonable arrangements for persons with disabilities will be made, if requested at least 2 weeks in advance, by contacting Cosponsorship Authorization #SBW2012.

Source: Copyright HispanicBusiness 2012

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