53 Small Business Owners Recognized For Accomplishments

In a welcome bit of good cheer amid these challenging economic times, the SBA has announced the Small Business People of the Year for 2010.

Benjamin Tomkins, Contributor

April 5, 2010

7 Min Read

In a welcome bit of good cheer amid these challenging economic times, the SBA has announced the Small Business People of the Year for 2010.Next month the US Small Business Administration will hold the annual 3-day small business week in Washington DC. Last year, our own Gayle Kesten was there to cover the event and delivered the inside scoop on SBA administrator Karen Mills' inaugural outing as the organization leader, insights on social media for business, technology as competitive advantage, and how to navigate the credit crunch.

A year later, Mills is no longer new on the scene, but the puzzle of how to harness social media for business remains and the economic outlook is still grim and the business owners that have made it this far lack confidence about recovery. Registration is now open for the event and many of the sessions will be available via Webcast.

But that's next month. This week the SBA announced 53 Small Business People of the Year. That's one for each state, plus Washington, DC, Puerto Rico, and Guam. Each of these winners will be honored at the event next month - and a national winners and runners up will be named. Congratulations to all and this year (as well as last year and likely next year, but let's hope not 2011) should likely carry an asterisk - piloting a thriving small business is challenging enough without the great recession.

Here are the 2010 SBA Small Business People of the Year:

  • ALABAMA: Scott Green, President Kathy Green, CFO Dba Pucker Powder 1500 Georgia Road, Bldg. A Irondale, AL 35210

  • ALASKA: Kevin Maltz, Owner Donna Maltz, Owner Fresh Sourdough Express Bakery & Caf P.O. Box 940 Homer, AK 99603 1316 Ocean Drive Homer, AK 99603

  • ARIZONA: Margie Traylor, CEO and Co-founder C. Bret Giles, Managing Member and Co-founder Sitewire Marketspace Solutions, LLC 740 South Mill Ave., Suite 210 Tempe, AZ 85281

  • ARKANSAS: Mizan Rahman, President ETC Engineers & Architects, Inc. 1510 South Broadway Little Rock, AR 72202

  • CALIFORNIA: Hal Hays, President & CEO Hal Hays Construction, Inc. 1835 Chicago Avenue, Suite C Riverside, CA 92507

  • COLORADO: Antonio Colon, Chief Executive Officer Combat Training Solutions, Inc. 3595 E. Fountain Blvd., Suite F1 Colorado Springs, CO 80910

  • CONNECTICUT: Dan Fisher, RN, BSN & President A&D Home Health Solutions, Inc. 85 Market Square Newington, CT 06111

  • DELAWARE: Francis J. Masley, CEO Donna L. Masley, President Masley Enterprises, Inc. 49A Germay Drive Wilmington, DE 19804

  • DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Charles W. Scott, President & Chairman of the Board of Directors, Howard Warren, Executive Vice President Jim Emery, CFO/CEO Wendell A. Newton, Chief Operating Officer J. M. Waller Associates, Inc. 11325 Random Hills Road, Suite 210 Fairfax, VA 22030

  • FLORIDA: Waymon Armstrong, CEO Engineering and Computer Simulations, Inc. 11825 High Tech Avenue, Suite 250 Orlando, FL 32817

  • GEORGIA: Chanda Bell, Author & President Carol Aebersold, Author & Editor-in-Chief Christa Pitts, COO Creatively Classic Activities and Books 55 Chastain Rd. #100 Kennesaw, GA 30144

  • GUAM: Fong S. Wu, President & CEO Sunny Plastic (Guam) Inc. P.O. Box 8439 501-J Taitano Road Harmon, GU 96913 Tamuning, GU 96931

  • HAWAII: Steven M. Baldridge, President Baldridge & Assoc. Structural Engineering, Inc. 1164 Bishop Street, Suite 600 Honolulu, HI 96813

  • IDAHO: Erin Christine Yinger Executive Director & Co-Owner A New Hope Social Services, PLLC 202 E. Anton, Suite 206 Coeur d'Alene, ID 83815

  • ILLINOIS: Warner Cruz, President J.C. Restoration, Inc. 3200 Squibb Avenue Rolling Meadows, IL 60008

  • INDIANA: Richard L. Mousty, President & Owner Unified Group Services 3131 E. 67th Street Anderson, IN 46013

  • IOWA: Kenneth Robert (Rob) Hach II, President Tara Lynn Hach, Vice President Anemometry Specialists, Inc. 102 South Main St. Alta, IA 51002

  • KANSAS: Terry Arnett, President & Manager Sandra Arnett, Secretary & Accountant Trand, Inc. 40216 N. Highway 281 Pratt, KS 67124

  • KENTUCKY: Wade Lewis, Partner Silas Boyle, Partner MaximumASP 752 Barret Avenue, Suite 103 Louisville, KY 40204

  • LOUISIANA: Stephen LeMarie Rose LeMarie Owners and Veterinarians Southeast Veterinary Specialists 3409 Division Street Metairie, LA 70002

  • MAINE: Trapper Robert Clark, President Thomas M. Sturtevant, Corporate Vice President ALCOM, Inc. 6 Millennium Drive Winslow, ME 04901

  • MARYLAND: Lily Bengfort CEO & President Consulting and Engineering Next Generation Networks 9250 Bendix Road North Columbia, MD 21045

  • MASSACHUSETTS: Annie Selke, President & Founder Pine Cone Hill, Inc. 125 Pecks Road Pittsfield, MA 01201

  • MICHIGAN: Charles Reid, President Charter House Innovations 5000 East 8th Street, Suite 1000 Holland, MI 49423

  • MINNESOTA: Byron Bjorklund, Owner Custom Catering by Short Stop 3701 Third Street North St. Cloud, MN 56303-4029

  • MISSISSIPPI: Jonathan Maisano, President Maisano's Fine Wine and Spirits Maisano's By The Glass 1622 Bienville Blvd. Ocean Springs, MS 39564

  • MISSOURI: Jeffrey L. Messenger, President Wanda F. Messenger, Secretary Kessler-Heasley Artificial Limb Co. Dba Ozarks Prosthetics 3034 S. National Springfield, MO 65804

  • MONTANA: Kimberly Ormsby, CEO & President The Natural Baby Company 1203 North Rouse, Suite 3E Bozeman, MT 59715

  • NEBRASKA: James S. Bowen, Owner & CIO Nick Bock, Owner & CEO Five Nines Technology Group, LLC 1560 South 70th Street Lincoln, NE 68506

  • NEVADA: Christopher A. Vito, MHA President & Chief Executive Officer Nevada Adult Day Healthcare Centers 330 N. 13th Street Las Vegas, NV 89101

  • NEW HAMPSHIRE: Todd Adelman, CEO & Founder Trade Wings, Inc. 75 Rochester Avenue, Suite 4 Portsmouth, NH 03801

  • NEW JERSEY: Rafael Collado, CEO & Co-Founder Sascha Mornell, COO & Co-Founder 991 U.S. Highway 22 West, Suite 200 Bridgewater, NJ 08807

  • NEW MEXICO: Tamara Marquez Nugent, President Moving Solutions, Inc. P.O. Box 12726 Albuquerque, NM 87195

  • NEW YORK: Stella Penizotto, President Shining Stars Day Care, Inc. 5930 Bowman Road East Syracuse, NY 13057

  • NORTH CAROLINA: Beatrice R.D. Hair Founder, Owner & Executive Director Salisbury Tutoring Academy, Ltd. The One-on-One School 818 Corporate Circle Salisbury, NC 28147

  • NORTH DAKOTA: Beth Ehlis Strube, President FunShine Express, Inc. and Strube Rentals, LLP 926E East Industrial Drive Dickinson, ND 58601

  • OHIO: Edgar Smith Jr., Chairman & CEO World Pac Paper, LLC 1821 Summit Rd., Suite 317 Cincinnati, OH 45237

  • OKLAHOMA: Phil G. Busey Sr., Chairman & CEO Delaware Resource Group of OK, LLC 5721 NW 132nd Street Oklahoma City, OK 73142

  • OREGON: Steven Emery, President & CEO Earth 2 O 812 C Street Culver, OR 97734

  • PENNSYLVANIA: Kevin Michael Stecko, President 80sTees.com, Inc. 230 Westec Drive Mount Pleasant, PA 15666

  • PUERTO RICO: Juan E. Diaz, President Tile International Corporation PR State Road #3 Km 88.9 Humacao, PR 00792

  • RHODE ISLAND: Jack Goodison, CEO & CFO J. Goodison Company, Inc. 25 Curtis Street East Providence, RI 02914

  • SOUTH CAROLINA: Rebecca Ufkes, President UEC Electronics, LLC 5918 Howard Street Hanahan, SC 29410

  • SOUTH DAKOTA: Marvie Tschetter, Owner Kim Tschetter, Operator Lankota, Inc. 270 West Park Avenue Huron, SD 57350

  • TENNESSEE: John C. Sweet III, Owner & Operator Niedlov's Breadworks, Inc. 215 East Main Street Chattanooga, TN 37408

  • TEXAS: Mary Ellen Trevino, Founder & CEO P3S Corporation 13750 San Pedro, Suite 640 San Antonio, TX 78232

  • UTAH: Robert M. Frayser, General Manager Lisbon Valley Mining Co. 921 South County Road Lasal, UT 84530

  • VERMONT: Katherine Freeman Lesser, Owner & CEO Healthy Living Natural Foods Market 222 Dorset Street S. Burlington, VT 05403

  • VIRGINIA: John Fernandez, CEO Daystar Desserts LLC 10440 Leadbetter Rd. Ashland, VA 23005

  • WASHINGTON: Janelle R. Bruland, CBSE President & CEO Management Services Northwest, Inc. 2257 Northgate Spur Ferndale, WA 98248

  • WEST VIRGINIA: Craig W. Hartzell , President & CEO Azimuth Incorporated 3741 Morgantown Industrial Park Morgantown, WV 26501

  • WISCONSIN: Cheryl Sment, President Interstate Sealant and Concrete 108 Wilmont Drive Waukesha, WI 53189

  • WYOMING: Heidi Fabrizius, President Precision Analysis 29 Country Acres Rd. Riverton, WY 82501

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