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SBA Illinois District Office Announces 2022 Small Business Week Winners


2022 Illinois Small Business Person of the Year




Release Date: May 2, 2022            

Contact: Mark Ferguson,, 312-353-5430

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SBA Announces Illinois Small Business Person of the Year

Mary and Chris Ginder, owners of Gindo’s Spice of Life, named the 2022 Illinois Small Business Persons of the Year  

ILLINOIS – The U.S. Small Business Administration’s Illinois District Office is pleased to announce Chris and Mary Ginder, owners of Gindo’s Spice of Life, LLC, as the 2022 Illinois Small Business Persons of the Year. The SBA Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman announced the 2022 Small Business Persons of the Year winners from each of the nation’s 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

Each year, the SBA recognizes the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners during National Small Business Week (NSBW) Virtual Summit Award’s Ceremony, which takes place May 2-5. This year’s NSBW theme, “Building a Better America Through Entrepreneurship,” highlights the resilience, ingenuity, and creativity of these award winners who, like millions of small businesses, have navigated challenges from the pandemic and contributed to our nation’s economic comeback.

“I am delighted to recognize our National Small Business Week winners from across the country who have stepped up to build their businesses, create jobs, and power historic recovery over the past year,” Administrator Guzman said. “Entrepreneurs are innovators and creators at their core, delivering the products and services we depend on and making our neighborhoods, towns, and cities more vibrant places to live and work. They give their all to achieve their American dream of business ownership and, by doing so, advance America’s economy and global competitiveness. Our 2022 award winners represent the vibrancy and resiliency of our nation’s 32.5 million small businesses, and I look forward to celebrating these small business giants and the positive impact they have had on lives and livelihoods in communities all across America.”  

Chris and Mary Ginder started Gindo’s Spice of Life in 2011 and moved the company to Saint Charles, Illinois in 2015. The business creates fresh pepper hot sauces designed to inspire creativity in the kitchen and support local farmers. Each sauce is handcrafted with fresh whole peppers and carefully curated sea salts and spices. To weather the COVID-19 pandemic, the company received two Paycheck Protection loans and an SBA-backed loan.

In addition to Small Business Person of the Year, the SBA will also award winners for the Exporter of the Year, the Small Business Development Center of the Year, Women’s Business Development Center of the Year, 8(a) Graduate of the Year, and other small business award categories.

National Small Business Week will be observed May 1-7, 2022. It will celebrate our small businesses, provide critical resources and recognize SBA partners for their support in providing startups and small business owners with counseling and advice, skills development, disaster preparedness and recovery, as well as access to capital, government contracting, and market opportunities to start, grow and build resilient businesses. 

About National Small Business Week

For more than 60 years, the President of the United States has issued a proclamation announcing National Small Business Week, which recognizes 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 they 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.

To register for National Small Business Week and for other event information, visit

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