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SBA Announces Wisc. Award Winners

April 4, 2012

Rick Romell

The Wisconsin office of the U.S. Small Business Administration on Wednesday announced its annual-award winners in several categories. Winners in the individual categories are:

Minority Small Business Champion -- Jeff Bowman, president of First American Capital Corp., West Allis.

Home Based Business Champion -- Sue Noble, Vernon Economic Development Corp., Westby.

Small Business Development Center Service Excellence Award -- Anne Hlavacka, Stephen Woessner, Vickie Bain and Maria Rieber, University of Wisconsin -- La Crosse Small Business Development Center.

Women's Business Center of Excellence Award -- Wendy K. Baumann, Wisconsin Women's Business Initiative Corp., Milwaukee.

Small Business Exporter-Aksel Sidem, Sebastien Imbert and Jeff Wnuk, S3 International, Milwaukee.

Young Entrepreneur -- Tricia Rose, Rose Publications, Clintonville.

Jeffrey Butland Family Owned Small Business Award -- Tom Harrington, National Technologies Inc., Oak Creek.

Emerging Small Business -- Steven Smits, Kevin McDermott, Philip Walesa and Behrom Rowhini, Patriot Taxiway Industries Inc., Lomira.

Minority Small Business Person of the Year-Samina Mahmood, Superior Equipment and Supply, Saint Francis.

Financial Services Champion -- Craig Aderhold, president and regional manager, Heartland Business Bank, De Pere.

Women in Business Champion -- Matt Wagner, S.C. Johnson & Son Inc., Racine.

Veteran Small Business Champion -- William Trombley, Disabled Veterans Outreach Representative, Department of Workforce Development, Menasha.

Small Business Legal Assistance Award -- Joseph Heino, Davis & Kuelthau, Milwaukee.

The winners will be honored at a June 1 breakfast at the Italian Conference Center in Milwaukee. For more information, contact the SBA's Mary Trimmier, (414) 297-1093 or

Source: (c) 2012 the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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