WASHINGTON, March 12, 2018 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Administrator Linda McMahon, 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 and Puerto Rico. All of the winners have been invited to attend ceremonies in Washington, D.C on April 29-30 where they will be honored with their individual award along with special recognition of the three runners-up and the naming of the 2018 National Small Business Person of the Year.
"It is my honor and distinct pleasure to announce the 52 winners from across the U.S. and Puerto Rico," McMahon said. "These small business owners define entrepreneurial spirit and best represent the 30 million small businesses that are the backbone and economic engine of our economy. I look forward to welcoming the winners to Washington next month when they are officially honored for their achievements."
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 April 29 – May 5.
After the national awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. McMahon will continue National Small Business Week with a bus road show starting in Jacksonville, Fla. and then continue on to South Carolina and North Carolina. Each stop she will meet with small business owners, visit small businesses and hold roundtable discussions. Additionally, virtual events, recognition and educational opportunities throughout SBA's 10 Regions and 68 Districts will be held throughout the week.
2018 STATE SMALL BUSINESS PERSONS OF THE YEAR
Charles W. Underwood II Owner C & R Movers, LLC Montgomery, AL 36110
Lori Brewer President Caffe D'arte Alaska/Alaska Coffee & Restaurant Equipment Anchorage, AK 99518
Dirck Theodor Schou President and CEO Catalina China, Inc. Dba HF Coors Tucson, AZ 85713
Joe Saumweber Co-Founder & CEO Michael Paladino Co-Founder & CTO RevUnit LLC Bentonville, AR
Matthew Cohen Chief Executive Officer Off the Grid Services, LLC San Francisco, CA 94123
Margot Langstaff Managing Partner – Marjority Owner Elisa Jane Hamill Managing Partner – Co-Owner LifeHealth Littleton, CO 80123
April Marie Lukasik President Bright & Early Children's Learning Centers North Branford, CT 06471
Kim Adams President and CEO Mountain Consulting, Inc. Dover, DE 19904
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
Denita R. Conway President and CEO PROVEN Management, LLC Washington, DC 20001
Michael Zaffaroni Owner Fernandina Mulch & Stone, LLC Dba Liberty Landscape Supply Fernandina Beach, FL 32034
Peter Andrews Dugas President and CFO Tonya Barr Dugas CEO Dusoul Company Dba Technical Services Audio Visual Athens, GA 30606
Reginald G. Perry Managing Manager Barbers Point Aviation Services, LLC Kapolei, HI 96707
September Myres President and CEO Sundance Consulting, Inc. Pocatello, ID 83201
Rebecca Fyffe President ABC Humane Wildlife Control & Prevention, Inc. Dba Landmark Pest Mgmt Schaumburg, IL 60173
Michele Durante Meyer President and CEO Creative Solutions Consulting, Inc. (CSCI Consulting) Indianapolis, IN 46216
Bob Simpson, President Big River Packaging Clinton, IA 52732
David Sasson President & CEO OverstockArt.com Wichita, KS 67211
Lesme Romero Owner/Manager EZ Foods, Inc. Dba Lexington Pasta/Lexington Pasta Garage Lexington, KY 40505
Keith Porta Managing Member APC Construction, LLC Harvey, LA 70058
Beth Shissler President and COO Donald Oakes CEO Sea Bags, LLC Portland, ME 04101
Tamara Michele Beideman Owner Elizabeth Jane, Inc. Dba Sweet Elizabeth Jane Ellicott City, MD 21043
Joseph Melville Gary Melville Owners Melville Candy Corporation Randolph, MA 02368
Albert F. Zehnder CEO Zehnder's of Frankenmuth Frankenmuth, MI 48734
Brenda Kay Nolby CEO Jam Hops Gymnastics Factory, Inc. Ham Lake, MN 55304
Barbara Alamsha Tim Alamsha Owners/Operators Ear Candie Productions, LLC Dba Rock U 2 Ocean Springs, MS 39564
Melissa Ann Smith, DDS Managing Dentist and Owner/Operator Washington Smiles Complete Health Dentistry Washington, MO 63090
Charles "Skip" King Owner King's Ace Hardware Billings, MT 59102
Mark Anthony Santo Mark VII Enterprises, Inc. Omaha, NE 68131
David S. Kyle II President/Chief Executive Officer Trademasters Service Corporation Lorton, VA 22079
Danny House Owner Dan The Sausageman Burien, WA 98166
Douglas Tate President & CEO Alpha Technologies, Inc. Hurricane, WV 25526
Miles Harter CEO Curt Greeno President Dynamic Recycling Onalaska, WI 54650
Tyler Reed Miller President Earth Work Solutions Gillette, WY 82717
About the U.S. Small Business Administration
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 and is a Cabinet-level agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation. The SBA helps Americans start, build and grow businesses, and recover from disasters. Through an extensive network of field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations, the SBA delivers its services to people throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam. To learn more about SBA, visit www.sba.gov.