The U.S. Small Business Administration has announced the winners of its annual awards. In Washington state, several small business owners were honored, including two in the South Sound area. Winners include:
Small Business Person of the Year (Washington State): Dan the Sausageman – Burien
Danny House is the owner of Dan the Sausageman in Burien. The company has been in business for 20 years, during which time it has grown into a national retailer of gourmet food gift boxes and other sausage-related products. House increased his net income by 6,000 percent when he took his business online in 2017. The increased profits also allowed him to hire nine employees.
Small Business Champion of the Year (Seattle District): Mary Marshall – Edmonds
Mary Marshall is the founder and owner of Marshall Advisors, LLC. She coaches entrepreneurs and is the lead instructor for the Seattle SBA Emerging Leaders course. As a member of Women Impacting Public Policy, Marshall has also championed legislation to help other women-owned and minority-owned small businesses.
Encore Entrepreneurs of the Year (Seattle District): Ross and Trivonna Irwin – Lacey
Ross and Trivonna Irwin are the president and vice president of Cabinets by Trivonna in Lacey. The cabinet design company, which began in 2006, was able to weather the Great Recession by focusing only on product design and not production. The Irwins refer all of the company’s actual construction work out to other contractors in the area, thereby helping to create more local jobs.
Millennial Entrepreneur of the Year (Seattle District): Nathaniel Katzoff – Seattle
Nathaniel Katzoff is the president of NK Woodworking, LLC, a Seattle-based company that creates custom, one-of-a-kind art and architectural pieces for homeowners and collectors. Katzoff started the business in 2011 and now employs 24 people. Within just three years, he grew the business by 600 percent.
Family-Owned Small Business of the Year (Seattle District): Kelsey and Korrie Bourn – Twisp
Melbourn Insurance Agency, owned by sisters Kelsey and Korrie Bourn, was founded in 1976 by their mother, Melinda Bourn. The agency provides residential and commercial insurance coverage to customers across northeastern Washington.
Veteran-Owned Small Business of the Year (Washington State): Tony Curtis – Vancouver
Tony Curtis founded Current Home Technologies in Vancouver, Washington in 2008. The company specializes in custom design and installation of home theaters, audio, and integrated systems. Curtis left he military in 1992 and founded his first home theater business in 1997, which he later sold.
Exporter of the Year (Seattle District): Cameron Fisher – Seattle
Cameron Fisher is the CEO of Mobile Semiconductor Corporation. The Seattle-based company, started in 2006, builds small memory systems that are used in devices like cell phones, Bluetooth chipsets, and communication networks. The company’s sales have doubled almost every year since 2014, when it started exporting. Sales from Asia and Europe now account for over 90 percent of the company’s revenue.
For more information about the winners or about National Small Business Week, visit www.sba.gov/nsbw.