West Virginia Executive Spring 2017 - Page 126

Regional Focus COMPILED BY JENNIFER JETT PREZKOP SBA Honors West Virginia’s Top Small Businesses Administrator Linda McMahon, head of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), has announced this year’s small business award winners from the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The winners, including 13 from West Virginia, were honored in Washington, D.C this spring. “I’m proud of our region’s winners,” says Carl Knoblock, acting SBA Mid-Atlantic regional administrator. “Every year our national competitors reflect the dedicated work of our en- trepreneurs as well as the support of the SBA and our partner organizations.” This year’s winners from West Virginia are: • 2017 WV Small Business Person of the Year – Matthew Paul Knott, River Rider Family Adventure Resort, Harpers Ferry; • 2017 8(a) Graduate of the Year – Leah Heimbach, Healthcare Management Solutions, LLC, Fairmont; • 2017 WV Small Business Exporter of the Year – Justin Seibert, Direct Online Marketing, Wheeling; • 2017 Family-Owned Small Business of the Year – Donald Riggenbach, Riggenbach Tile and Carpet, New Martinsville; • 2017 Minority-Owned Small Business of the Year – Chin Orih, Corporate Cleaning Services, LLC, Morgantown; • 2017 WV Woman-Owned Small Business of the Year – Elizabeth Yeager Cross, Yeager Design & Interiors, Scott Depot; • 2017 WV Veteran-Owned Small Business of the Year – Chad 124 WEST VIRGINIA EXECUTIVE Ranson and John Roberts, Ranson Inspection Services, LLC, Ripley; • 2017 WV Encore Entrepreneur of the Year – Delaina Kucish, Our Country Corner, Fairmont; • 2017 WV Young Entrepreneur of the Year – Dakota Janowitz, DJ’s Firewood, Augusta; • 2017 WV Small Business Champion of the Year – Patrick Ford, Business Development Corporation of the Northern Panhandle, Weirton; • WV Lender of the Year – Huntington National Bank; • WV Community Bank of the Year – MVB Bank; and • WV Microlender of the Year – First Microloan of West Virginia. WVU Women’s Business Center Is Open for Business Entrepreneurs from the community now have a resource at West Virginia University (WVU) to guide them through the process of starting their own business. The WVU Women’s Business Center (WBC) offers a variety of services, including one-on-one counseling, networking events, training workshops and technical assistance on topics like business fundamentals, financial management, marketing and procurement. The WBC also connects entrepreneurs with services such as prototyping and financing. “West Virginia University is deeply committed to seeing our communities thrive economically, both now and for years to come,” says WB \X܈[XHX\K8'H\