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Media Advisory: SBA celebrates West Virginia Small Business Week winners Wednesday

Local Program part of National Small Business Week April 29 – May 5, 2018


FAIRMONT, W.Va. – The U.S. Small Business Administration’s West Virginia District Office celebrates district and regional 2018 Small Business Week winners at noon Wednesday, May 2, at the Robert H. Mollohan Research Center in Fairmont during a luncheon.


U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito, U.S. House of Representatives David B. McKinley, P.E., and SBA Mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator Michelle Christian speak at the celebration to honor the award winners. Also in attendance is WV Secretary of State Mac Warner.


The event is co-sponsored by: U.S. Small Business Administration’s West Virginia District Office, Community Trust Bank, First Microloan of West Virginia, Huntington National Bank, Impakt Media, MVB Bank, SCORE, and the West Virginia Small Business Development Center.


WHAT: 2018 West Virginia Small Business Week Awards Celebration


WHEN: Wednesday, May 2 (program is from 12 – 2:30 p.m. – winners arriving at 11:30 a.m.)


WHERE: Robert H. Mollohan Research Center: 1000 Galliher Drive, Fairmont, WV 26554


WHO: U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito, U.S. House of Representatives David B. McKinley, P.E., and SBA Mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator Michelle Christian


Region III Winners include:

  • Small Business Prime Contractor of the Year
    Arria Hines – Allegheny Science & Technology Corporation
    Bridgeport, WV
    Nominated by: Lani MacRae, DOE
  • Small Business Subcontractor of the Year
    Jay Reddy – NextGen Federal Systems, LLC
    Morgantown, WV
    Nominated by: Carl Wooden, Raytheon Company
  • Small Business Exporter of the Year
    Paul Diserio – American Muscle Docks & Fabrication, LLC
    Wellsburg, WV
    Nominated by: Sharon Stratton, SBDC

District Winners include:

  • Small Business Person of the Year (First Runner Up for 2018 National Small Business Person of the Year)
    Douglas Tate – Alpha Technologies, Inc.
    Hurricane, WV
    Nominated by: Terry Cyfers, SBDC
  • Family-Owned Small Business of the Year
    Cason & Bill Edwards – RKE Corporation
    St. Marys, WV
    Nominated by: Jody Murphy, Pleasants Area Chamber of Commerce & Marsa Myers, SBDC
  • Minority-Owned Small Business of the Year        
    Michael Paul McKechnie – Mountain View Solar
    Berkeley Springs, WV
    Nominated by: Mary Hott, SBDC
  • Woman-Owned Small Business of the Year         
    Kimberly Baker – River and Rail Bakery
    Huntington, WV
    Nominated by: Amber Wilson, SBDC
  • Encore Entrepreneur of the Year
    Crista & Roger Johnson – Screech Owl Brewing
    Bruceton Mills, WV
    Nominated by: Lindsey Teets, SBDC
  • Young Entrepreneur of the Year
    Aaron Harris – Aaron Harris Auction Services
    Buckhannon, WV
    Nominated by: Susannah Higgins, SBDC
  • WV Small Business Champion of the Year
    Christy Laxton – Wyoming County Economic Development Authority
    Pineville, WV
    Nominated by: Harold Patterson, SBDC

Lender winners include:

  • West Virginia Lender of the Year 
    Huntington National Bank
  • West Virginia Community Lender of the Year
    MVB Bank
  • West Virginia Exporting Bank of the Year
    Community Trust Bank
  • West Virginia Microlender of the Year
    First Microloan of West Virginia


About the U.S. Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration makes the American dream of business ownership a reality. As the only go-to resource and voice for small businesses backed by the strength of the federal government, the SBA empowers entrepreneurs and small business owners with the resources and support they need to start and grow their businesses. It delivers services to people through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. To learn more, visit


WEST VIRGINIA DISTRICT OFFICE Contact: Nikki Bowmar [email protected]     Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Blogs & Instagram


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