Award-winning Small Businesses

June 18th, 2010

This week, we’ll talk with regional winners of Small Business Administration awards for outstanding small businesspeople in several different categories from all over the country. Each of our guests has been honored in different fields and in different regions, but by listening to their stories together, we’ll explore the most important and consistent elements that make a small business successful.

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Oscar and Melinda Vizcarra,
Owners of Becker Farms & Vizcarra Vinyards

Winners of the Family Owned Business Award for Buffalo Region
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Becker Farms and Vizcarra Vineyards is a 5th Generation family owned 340 acre working fruit and vegetable farm that sells most of their products directly to the public. For the past 100 years Becker Farms has harvested its own fruits and vegetables to provide fresh produce and a wide variety hand-made products. In the last two years Becker Farms has adopted a field to table approach with all of its catered events serving items grown and picked for the occasion right from the farm or brought in from other local growers within a 100 mile radius of Becker Farms. vizcarra

Robert Beadle, Founder Northeast Public Relations
Winner of the Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for New England
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Robert Beadle is president of Northeast Public Relations, Inc., (NEPR) a communications firm that helps organizations become successful by enhancing their public image. NEPR specializes in a variety of public relations and marketing services including new media and Web 2.0 strategies, news releases, social media outreach, Internet video and corporate social responsibility programs.

Dalen Gunn, Owner BulletTools
Winner, Small Business Exporter of the Year for Northwest Region
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Gunntech Manufacturing/Bullet Tools began in 1998 when Dalen Gunn, after working in the various facets of the floor covering industry for more than 25 years, invented a tool called the Skimmer. The tool was an instant success and was sold throughout the U.S. and around the world. The BulletTools brand has earned a permanent place in the flooring tool market, helping installers and distributors become more profitable through time saving innovations.

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