March 14, 2023

SBA: 2023 State Small Business Persons of the Year Recognized

Top entrepreneurs to be formally recognized during National Small Business Week Awards Ceremony

Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman, head of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and voice in President Biden’s Cabinet for America’s 33 million small businesses, announced today the 2023 Small Business Persons of the Year from each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.

The winners will be recognized on Sunday, April 30 and Monday, May 1 during the National Small Business Week awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. At the event, one of the state/territory winners will be announced as the 2023 National Small Business Person of the Year.

“Our 2023 State Small Business Persons of the Year have given their all to achieve their American dream — to own and build a strong, resilient business; create jobs; increase competition and innovation and power America’s historic economic recovery,” said Administrator Guzman. “These incredible entrepreneurs show the vibrancy and grit of our nation’s small businesses. From Main Street to manufacturing hubs and tech centers, they are powering our economy. We hope their stories inspire and motivate the next generation of entrepreneurs.”

National Small Business Week will be held from April 30-May 6, 2023. For more information about NSBW, please visit

2023 National Small Business Persons of the Year are:

State Awardee(s) Name of Business City/State 
Alabama Daryl Thomas Thomas Accounting & Income Tax Service, LLC Selma, AL 
Alaska Amie Sommer Tutka, LLC Wasilla, AK 
Arizona Jonathan Woodruff ORSA Technologies, LLC Scottsdale, AZ 
Arkansas Sean Beavers Graylee Construction and Demolition, LLC Austin, AR 
California Jared Malapit, Erik Wright, & Karl Vaillancourt Precision Construction Services San Luis Obispo, CA 
Colorado Amy Carnrick Foster PlumbingDenver, CO 
Connecticut Dennis Nash Control Station, Inc. Manchester, CT 
Delaware Jonathan Urquhart, Monika Urquhart, & Andreas JankeBavarian Bakery and Deli Dover, DE 
District of Columbia Lonye Ford & Arlene Wube Arlo Solutions Washington, DC 
Florida Karina Doracio & Luis Contreras AmePower Miami, FL  
Georgia Ken Taunton The Royster Group, Inc. Atlanta, GA 
Hawaii Jonathan Montalbo Aloha Termite & Pest Control Kapolei, HI 
Idaho Taveesak “Dang” Chanthasuthisombut Dang’s Thai Cuisine & Sushi Bar Hailey, ID 
Illinois Kathleen McShane  Begin Within Therapy Services, PC Chicago, IL 
Indiana Haskell D. PorteeProfessional Management Enterprises Indianapolis, IN 
Iowa Aaron Warner ProCircular, Inc.Coralville, IA 
Kansas Jordan Michael Harris Harris Dream Clean, LLC Wichita, KS 
Kentucky David Dafoe Flavorman Louisville, KY 
Louisiana Karen Williams NOLA Steele Fabrication & Erection, LLCHarvey, LA 
Maine Carolyn Delaney Journey Magazine Portland, ME 
Maryland Lois Gamerman Soft Stuff Distributors, Inc. Jessup, MD 
Massachusetts Kelly & Jim Sullivan Millennium Press Agawam, MA 
Michigan Todd Lotzer Prime Packaging Solutions Livonia, MI 
Minnesota Abdirahman Kahin Afro Deli & Grill St Paul, MN 
Mississippi Nick Wallace Nick Wallace CulinaryJackson, MS 
Missouri Luis Allan Arias Compass Roofing, LLC Kansas City, MO  
Montana Neli & Dimitar Nikolov The Corral Burger and Lodge Gardiner, MT 
Nebraska Rachel Daly Innovative RxKearney, NE 
Nevada Juanny Romero Mothership Coffee Roasters Las Vegas, NV 
New Hampshire Nancy and John Wilbur  Wilbur Technical Services Mont Vernon, NH 
New Jersey Lauren Borawski Child’s Play Challenge Courses Scotch Plains, NJ 
New Mexico Chauling “Lynn” Armijo Four Winds Mechanical HTC/AC, Inc. Albuquerque, NM 
New York Joshua Schmieder JOSH Landscape Co.Honeoye Falls, NY 
North Carolina Michael McWhorter Mojotone Burgaw, NC 
North Dakota Matthew & Jesse Faul Red E, LLC Fargo, ND 
Ohio Jeanna Hondel Ascension Construction Solutions Columbus, OH 
Oklahoma Mike Bausch Andolini’s Worldwide Tulsa, OK 
Oregon Lisa Schroeder Mother’s Bistro & Bar Portland, OR 
PennsylvaniaMelinda Nearhoof Annie’s Flooring and Commercial Services Meadville, PA 
Puerto Rico Carlos E. Bonilla-Colon DUI, Inc. Guayama, PR 
Rhode Island Craig Pickell Bullard Abrasives, Inc. Lincoln, RI 
South Carolina Jennifer Megliore ArtWare, Inc. Hilton Head Island, SC 
South Dakota Denise Cotter & Michelle Marino Houndstooth House, LLC Sioux Falls, SD 
Tennessee Dr. Jonathan Scott Huitink Compass Pediatrics Gallatin, TN 
Texas Brandi Harleaux South Post Oak Recycling Center Houston, TX 
Utah David D. Mineer, Jr. Construction Monitor, LLC Cedar City, UT 
Vermont Christopher and Cortney KeeneKeene Perspectives White River Junction, VT 
Virginia Sharon Hamer Akiak Technology Alexandria, VA 
Washington Jennifer Weddermann Weddermann Architecture Tacoma, WA 
West Virginia Anthony & Heather Wheeler Paris Signs Huntington, WV 
Wisconsin Steven, Peggi, & Chuck Potter Arctic Compressor, LLCSuperior, WI 
Wyoming Rachel Kalenberg & Ariane Jimison Pizza Carrello Gillette, WY 

For additional information about this year’s Small Business Persons of the Year, please see here:


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About National Small Business Week
For 60 years, the President of the United States has issued a proclamation announcing National Small Business Week recognizing the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners. More than half of Americans either own or work for a small business and create about two out of every three new jobs in the U.S. each year. As part of National Small Business Week, the U.S. Small Business Administration takes the opportunity to highlight the impact of outstanding entrepreneurs, small business owners and others from all 50 states and U.S. territories. Every day, they’re working to grow small businesses, create 21st century jobs, drive innovation, and increase America’s global competitiveness. And in recognizing the changing face of America, the SBA’s National Small Business Week awards honor individuals and businesses that reflect our nation’s rich diversity.

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