SBA Administrator Honors Nation's Top Small Businesses

Winners to be formally recognized in Washington, D.C. on May 1-2

Mar 14, 2016, 10:15 ET from U.S. Small Business Administration

WASHINGTON, March 14, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet, the head of the U.S. Small Business Administration, announced today this year's Small Business Person of the Year winners from the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands. All of the winners have been invited to attend ceremonies in Washington, D.C on May 1-2 where they will be awarded their individual awards along with recognition of the runners-up and the naming of the 2016 National Small Business Person of the Year. 

In making the announcement, SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet said: "It is my distinct pleasure and honor to announce the 54 winners from across the U.S. and her territories. These small business owners represent the best of the best and showcase daily their entrepreneurial spirit and what it takes to be successful in today's evolving and competitive business environment."

Each year since 1963, the president has issued a proclamation calling for the celebration of National Small Business Week. National Small Business Week is set as the first week in May, and this year the dates are May 1-7 with national events planned in Washington, D.C., New York City, Atlanta, Denver, Phoenix and San Jose and Oakland, California.

"There are more than 28 million small businesses serving as the economic engine of our country, employing half of the private sector and creating two out of three net new jobs. If our small business sector was a country, its output would rank number three above Germany and Japan. I'm looking forward to welcoming these talented entrepreneurs to their nation's capital and celebrating their stories to shine a light on American ingenuity and innovation."

2016 Small Business Person of the Year Winners

ALABAMA              
Xiomara Hermandez Bracken                        
Owner                                                                        
Bouncing Parties, Inc.                                                

ALASKA                              
Connie Core-Dubay                                                   
CEO/Owner
Cold Spot Feeds, Inc.

ARIZONA                            
Paul A. Smiley                                                                                   
President                                                                                
Sonoran Technology and Professional                       
Services, LLC                                                            

ARKANSAS            
Regina Renee Radke                                                 
CEO                                                                                       
Wade Stuart Radke                                                   
COO                                                                                      
Galley Support Innovations

CALIFORNIA                     
Helen Margaret Russell                                                                                  
Co-Founder and CEO                                               
Brooke Jean McDonnell                                            
Co-Founder and President
Equator Coffees and Teas, Inc.

COLORADO           
Reed Howard Silberman                                           
Founder/CEO                                                            
Ink Monstr                                                                             

CONNECTICUT                
Peter Newman                                                           
CEO                                                                                       
Victoria Newman                                                                   
Executive Director
Greenwich Education Group

DELAWARE                       
Chris J. Bisaha                                                                       
Joseph A. Baker                                                                                 
Co-Owners
Henlopen City Oyster House

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA                                                                     
Robert C. Palmer                                                                   
CEO                                                                                       
Creative Business Solutions, Inc.

FLORIDA                
Sherry L. Acanfora-Ruohamaki                                 
Owner/President                                                                    
K9 Kampus LLC                                                                   

GEORGIA   
Catherine A. Downey                                                
CEO                                                                                       
CATVIDEO, Inc.                                                                  

GUAM                      
David J. John                                                             
President                                                                                
ASC Trust Corporation

HAWAII                   
Raymond Jardine Jr.                                                  
Chairman & CEO                                                                  
Native Hawaiian Veterans, LLC                               

IDAHO                      
Enrique F. Contreras                                                 
Ana M. Paz
Owners
Conpaz Inc. dba Enrique's Mexican Restaurant

ILLINOIS                 
Dwayne Steven Jackson                                            
President & CEO                                                                   
Software Tech Enterprises, Inc.

INDIANA
Baziel W. Vrient                                                                    
President                                                                                
Albert W. Vrient
Operations Manager
Agdia, Inc.

IOWA            
Anthony D. Halsted                                                  
Owner                                                                        
Hoover's Hatchery Co., LLC                                    

KANSAS                  
Roger Lee Ward III
Dana Marie Ward
Owners
Great Day Moving (Marathon Moving
& Delivery LLC)

KENTUCKY                       
David Allen Dafoe                                                    
Founder/CEO                                                            
8th Street Ventures                                                     
Dba Flavorman, dba Distilled Spirits                      
Epicenter, Dba Pro-Liquitech                                  

LOUISIANA
Angela O'Byrne                                                                     
President/Owner                                                                    
Perez, APC

MAINE                                 
Margo Walsh                                                              
Owner                                                                        
Maine Works LLC                                                     

MARYLAND                       
Patrick Babasola Munis                                             
CEO                                                                                       
NewWave Telecom & Technologies, Inc.

MASSACHUSETTS                                                                                   
Robert Jacob George                                                             
Founder, President and CEO                                                
StratComm, Inc.                                                                                

MICHIGAN             
Russell Beaver                                                           
President                                                                                
RB Construction Company                                       

MINNESOTA                      
Gloria Jean Freeman                                                  
CEO                                                                                       
Olu's Home/Olu's Center                                          

MISSISSIPPI                       
Mike Pornovets
Owner
Everything Kayak LLC

MISSOURI               
David Laurence Bailey
Founder & President
Baileys' Restaurants

MONTANA              
Greg Thayer                                                               
CEO                                                                                       
Eugene Thayer                                                                       
Director
Montana Merchandising, Inc.                        
Dba Montana Milling, Inc.

NEBRASKA            
Yolanda F. Diaz                                                                     
Member/Owner                                                                      
Little Miss Fashion LLC                                            

NEVADA                 
Bradley J. Burdsall
Owner and Operator
The Egg Works

NEW HAMPSHIRE            
Elie El-Chalfoun                                                        
Owner/Operator
Mega-X

NEW JERSEY                     
Charles Olivo                                                             
Founder and Principal                                    
Stonefield Engineering and Design LLC

NEW MEXICO  
Karl S. Halpert                                                           
President & CEO                                                       
Private Label Select Ltd. Co.                        

NEW YORK
Tammy Ann Loewy                                       
Wynde Kate Reese
Owners
Green Goddess Foods LLC

NORTH CAROLINA
Charles Ashton Creech
President
Thomas Howard Chappell
Vice President – Maintenance
Plus Team
NS Aviation, LLC dba North State Aviation

NORTH DAKOTA
Jon Simmers                                                                           
CEO                                                                                                   
Bismarck Aero Center                                                                                               

OHIO             
Sally Hughes                                                  
CEO                                                                           
Caster Connection                                         

OKLAHOMA
Ellis "Lanny" McIntosh                                 
Founding Principal, CEO                              
The McIntosh Group                                     

OREGON     
Jeremy Murfin
Geoff Mets
Johnpaul Simonet
Owners/Members
5.S.G. LLC dba Five Star Guitars

PENNSYLVANIA  
Dr. Wei-Shin Lai                                                                    
Chief Executive Officer                                                        
AcousticSheep LLC                                                  

PUERTO RICO                   
Fernando J. Rodriguez                                                           
President                                                                                
Prime Janitorial Service Corp.                        

RHODE ISLAND                
Thomas Parsons Kellogg III                                      
President                                                                                
Parsons Kellogg LLC                                                

SOUTH CAROLINA                      
JoAnne Laurea LaBounty                                          
President                                                                                
Spartanburg Meat Processing Co., Inc.

SOUTH DAKOTA              
Janet R. Eining                                                                       
Owner                                                                        
Cellular Only Connection, Inc.

TENNESSEE
Terence Andrew Douglas                                          
President                                                                                
Alliant Corporation

TEXAS
Yolanda Arriola                                                                     
President and CEO
Southwest University at El Paso

UTAH
Jay Benjamin Broadbent
President
Alpine Home Medical Equipment LLC

VERMONT              
Thomas M.L. Stearns                                                 
President
High Mowing Organic Seeds

VIRGIN ISLANDS             
Brianne B. Beatty                                                      
Ryan B. Skinner                                                                     
Owners
Flagship, LLC

VIRGINIA   
Caroline Anne Taylor                                                             
RN-President                                                             
Taylor Made Diagnostics, Inc.

WASHINGTON      
James "Kiwi" Ferris                                                   
President                                                                                
Edensaw Woods, Ltd.                                                           

WEST VIRGINIA   
Arria Hines                                                                             
President & CEO                                                                   
Allegheny Science & Technology Corp.                    

WISCONSIN            
Mark Matthiae                                                           
CEO                                                                                       
Crystal Finishing Systems, Inc.         

WYOMING
Anthony Andrew Aguiree
President
Triple A Building Services, Inc.

Release Number: 16-17

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