A Fredericksburg resident has been named Virginia's Small Business
Person of the Year.
Jason Cohen, president of ILM Corp., will formally receive the award June 24 from the U.S. Small Business Administration's Richmond District Office.
ILM digitizes and secures sensitive documents for federal and other clients. Cohen's father established the company in 1976.
In an SBA news release, Cohen called the award "one of the most significant milestones" of his career.
Cohen moved ILM from Spotsylvania County to Fredericksburg last year. It's now in a 5,000-square-foot former auto service station that the Cohen family purchased and renovated at 600 Lafayette Blvd.
ILM moved due in large part to the city's status as a Historically Underutilized Business Zone, a program that helps businesses in areas with lower incomes and higher unemployment rates win federal contracts.
Though the entire Fredericksburg region has a low jobless rate and an economy that routinely outperforms that of the state and nation, the city itself typically registers higher unemployment rates and lower incomes.
The SBA will honor Cohen and several other Virginia small businesses during a June 24 luncheon at The Westin Richmond hotel. There are also award categories for family-owned businesses, exporters, women, veterans, minorities and more.
(c)2013 The Free Lance-Star (Fredericksburg, Va.)
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