Wyoming’s Top Small Businesses to be Recognized

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Release Date: Mar. 9, 2020

Release Number: NR20-10


Contact: jordan.belser@sba.gov

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Wyoming’s Top Small Businesses to be Recognized

SBA Wyoming District Office announces 2020 National Small Business Week award winners

CASPER – Friday, Administrator Jovita Carranza, the head of the U.S. Small Business Administration formally announced National Small Business Week, May 3-9, 2020, along with the 2020 Small Business Persons of the Year winners from throughout the United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Guam. The winners have been invited to attend ceremonies in Washington, D.C., on May 3-4, where they will be honored with their individual award. During the ceremonies, the SBA will announce the 2020 National Small Business Person of the Year among the individual winners represented from across the U.S. and territories.

“What an honor it is for me to recognize the National Small Business Week state and territorial winners from across the nation whose exceptional hard work has created and built successful small businesses,” said Carranza. “These women and men not only realized their dreams of entrepreneurship but have also been tremendous job creators, helping to expand our economy. They represent the 30 million American small businesses – our nation’s innovators and risk-takers.”

Wyoming’s Small Business Persons of the Year are the leadership team from WWC Engineering: Brady Lewis, President/CEO; Jack Fritz, Director of Operations; Chad Reed, Branch Manager; Darrin Tromble, Branch Manager; Greg Reid, Branch Manager; Murray Schroeder, Branch Manager; and Shawn Higley, Branch Manager. The engineering firm – headquartered in Sheridan with offices across Wyoming and Montana – has been in operation for 40 years and employs 100 people.

“We are thrilled to recognized Brady Lewis and the team at WWC Engineering as this year’s winner of the 2020 Wyoming Small Business Persons of the Year award,” said Amy Lea, SBA’s Wyoming District Director. “We’re excited to announce that they will now move on to compete for the SBA’s Small Business Person of the Year award at the national level.”

In addition to announcing the Wyoming Small Business Persons of the Year, Lea announced the 2020 Wyoming Exporter of the Year and 2020 Spirit of Wyoming Award winner. Rex Specs of Jackson Hole will be recognized as Wyoming’s top small business exporter, and Backwards Distilling Co. of Casper will be recognized for embodying Wyoming’s can-do spirit as they continue to demonstrate growth, potential for future success and a passion for volunteerism and community involvement.

“Wyoming is one of the best states in the nation to start, grow, and expand a small business,” said SBA Regional Administrator Dan Nordberg. “Each National Small Business Week winner exemplifies the importance of entrepreneurship in Wyoming. Small businesses are the fabric of our economy and deserve all the recognition we can give them for their contributions to our communities.”

During National Small Business Week, additional award winners from across the country will be recognized for their involvement in disaster recovery, government contracting, and their support for small businesses and entrepreneurship. Awards will be presented to SBA partners in financial and entrepreneurial development, including top SCORE Chapter, Small Business Development Center, Women’s Business Center and Veterans Business Outreach Center. Each of these partners have offices or chapters that serve Wyoming.

Information regarding award presentations for Wyoming’s winners will be forthcoming. For more information about each award or award winner, please contact Jordan Belser at 307-441-1192 or jordan.belser@sba.gov.


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, grow or expand their businesses, or recover from a declared disaster. It delivers services through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. To learn more, visit www.sba.gov.