Small Business Awards

The Small Business Development Center knows firsthand that small businesses are the backbone of American free enterprise.  Every day, they’re working to grow local economies, create 21st century jobs, drive innovation, and increase America’s global competitiveness.

The SBDC is honored to launch the first annual South Central Minnesota Small Business Awards to recognize outstanding small businesses in our region.

2018 Award Recipients:

Encore Entrepreneur (Age 50+) Artisan Restoration LLC, Kasota Mark Johnson
Family-Owned Small Business Blue Earth Monument, Blue Earth Mark & Lori Maher
Minority-Owned Small Business KATO Trucking, Mankato Nagi Obeyd & Ayan Musse
Veteran-Owned Small Business River Valley Birth Center, St. Peter Joe & Erika Urban
Woman-Owned Small Business K & G Gymnastics, Mankato Gabe Essay & Katie Olson
Young Entrepreneurs (Under age 30) Ag Storm, St. Peter Ben Wenner & Tyler Wenner


Award recipients will be honored at a special luncheon event during National Small Business Week:

Tuesday, May 1
11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Minnesota State University
Centennial Student Union – Ballroom
Individual Ticket:  $35

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