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See who won the SBA’s “Small Business Persons of the Year” awards for 2022

Posted by Celene Robert

May 10, 2022

More than 50% of Americans either own or work for a small business, and they provide about 66% of new jobs in the U.S. each year, according to the Small Business Administration.

These small business owners strive to grow their business and keep moving ahead, despite the wearying demands of everyday challenges and inevitable unplanned circumstances. During the process, they facilitate jobs and drive the innovation that increases their country’s global competitiveness. 

In recognition of the contributions of U.S. entrepreneurs and small business owners, the Small Business Administration has celebrated National Small Business Week every year for over half a century. This year, President Joe Biden officially declared May 1-7 as National Small Business Week.

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Honoring the perseverance of entrepreneurs through the pandemic

The 2022 National Small Business theme was “Building a Better America Through Entrepreneurship,” which paid tribute to the resilience of entrepreneurs who contributed to keeping the economy going amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Entrepreneurs … give their all to achieve their American dream of business ownership and, by doing so, advance America’s economy and global competitiveness,” SBA Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman said in a press release. 

“Our 2022 award winners represent the vibrancy and resiliency of our nation’s 32.5 million small businesses, and I look forward to celebrating these small business giants and the positive impact they have had on lives and livelihoods in communities all across America,” Guzman added.

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The 2022 Small Business Persons of the Year winners

At a May 5 ceremony held during National Small Business Week, Administrator Guman announced the Small Business Persons of the Year from over 30 states, plus Puerto Rico.

Below is a list of the SBA’s 2022 small businesspersons winners.

State/territory Winner’s name, business
Alabama Roland G. Brown,
Brown Precision Inc.
Arizona Tracey Latham,
Latham Industries
Arkansas Jaim Krutz,
Big Cuppa LLC
California Hernán Luis y Prado,
Indiana Donte Lamar Wilburn,
Premier Unlimited
Iowa   Kimberly Baeth,
Golden Openings Inc.
Kansas Daniel and Janice Smoots,
Fanestil Meats
Kentucky Alejandro Ramirez,
Universal Spartan
Louisiana Craig A. Stevens,
Genesis 360 LLC
Nebraska Taylor Korensky, Jade Jensen & Spencer Robinson,
Nevada Andrea Vigil,
Allegiant Electric
New Hampshire Sara B. Nadeau,
Carriage Hill Assisted Living
New Mexico Joy Colucci,
Metis Technology Solutions
New York Steven Olschewski,
Clubhouse Fun Center
North Carolina Kristen M. Hess,
HH Architecture
North Dakota Sylvia Lunski,
Design Direction
Ohio Laura Licursi,
Elite Virtual Assistants
Oklahoma John Adam Oglesbee,
Warfeather LLC
Oregon Kevin and Angie Shaw,
Brightways Counseling
Pennsylvania John Martincic,
Forest Scientific Corp.
Puerto Rico  Carlos Cosme Marrero,
JK Logistic Transport
Rhode Island Byron Sheldon Delmonico,
The Riddle Room
South Carolina Ann Son,
Holy City Linen Services
South Dakota Karla Deann Santi,
Blend Interactive Inc.
Tennessee Robert Scott Underwood,
Maxwell Industries
Texas Denise Navarro,
Logical Innovations
Utah Lucy Cardenas and Bill Coker,
Red Iguana
Vermont Vicky Allard and Joe Hanglin,
Blake Hill Preserves
Virginia Jeri Dee Prophet,
Washington Efrem Fesaha,
Boon Boona Coffee
West Virginia Jill Rae Scarbro,
Bright Futures Learning Services
Wisconsin David Heide,
Liliana’s Restaurant
Wyoming Lena Dirck,
The Aspen House Restaurant

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Celene Robert
Celene Robert

Celene heads up the marketing at Escalon. Passionate about helping companies grow their business, she spends her days finding new ways to bring essential business services to startups, SMBs, and growth-minded companies. Based in the PNW, she’s the proud owner of 8 pairs of Birkenstocks and a sassy, cuddly cat.

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