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SBDC honors Small Business Awards winners

June 14, 2013

 The Saint Francis University Small Business Development Center honored the winners of their 2013 Small Business Awards at their annual Awards Luncheon on Friday, June 14, on the Loretto campus.

The awards recognize the outstanding achievements of the Southern Alleghenies Region’s most successful entrepreneurs and small business advocates. The winners are as follows:

Small Business Person of the Year
Rebecca A. Stevens-Strunk
Children’s Express Inc.
Cresson, PA (Cambria County)

Children’s Express Inc. is a childcare center that Rebecca founded in 1998. The center cares for children from the ages of 6 weeks to 12 years of age year round. Children’s Express Inc. is State Licensed and a Star 1 site in the Keystone Stars Program. Rebecca currently employs 18 and has an enrollment of 135 children, with a substantial waiting list.

Children’s Express Inc. provides age specific care to many area children. Children’s Express has an Infant Room, Young Toddler Room, Older Toddler Room, Three Year Old Preschool, Pre-Kindergarten Classroom, Morning Preschool Program, and a School-Age Program. They provide children with a nurturing and caring environment and recognize that each child has unique talents, learning styles and personalities. Their professionals celebrate diversity and strive to instill integrity, compassion and confidence in each child.

With over 25 years of experience, Children’s Express Inc. has developed an environment that gives each child support and encouragement to follow their curiosity, to think creatively and to work both independently and cooperatively with others to achieve an outcome of realizing their own unique self.

Children’s Express Inc. recently constructed and opened a new building in order to accommodate the growing business.

Financial Services Advocate of the Year
Robert L. Enos
Somerset Trust Company
Somerset, PA (Somerset County)

Mr. Enos has been employed by Somerset Trust Company since 1974. Currently he is Senior Vice President/Senior Lender. Over the years, Bob has grown Somerset Trust Company from an asset size of $60 million to $800 million and Commercial lending portfolio from $30 million to over $300 million. Bob’s employment has always focused on Commercial Lending, start-ups and existing businesses.

Somerset Trust has always been a community bank working with small businesses. Since expanding into Cambria, Fayette, Bedford, Westmoreland, and soon to Maryland, it is evident of their support for these small communities and their businesses. Bob has always prided himself as “being able to sit down and listen to a person’s story and try to make the story be real”.

Bob has been on various committees and boards, including Somerset Chamber of Commerce and Johnstown/Cambria County Chamber of Commerce, National Ski Patrol for 20 years and coach for various sports at the YMCA.

Young Entrepreneur of the Year
Jill Nadorlik
Nadorlik & Co.
Johnstown, PA (Cambria County)

Founded in 2011, Nadorlik & Co. has assisted over 200 small to mid-size businesses across the globe with their marketing needs. Nearly a full-service firm, Nadorlik & Co. specializes in where marketing meets writing. This often includes copy writing, public relations, email marketing and blog and article writing.

For clients who require nearly a full-time marketing experience, Nadorlik & Co. has designed websites, brochures, and newsletters, and even managed the advertising budgets of some, including Kelly Clarkson, Sesame Street Live, and more.

As integrated marketers, Nadorlik & Co. see a brand from all perspectives. This helps the company to manage all of a brand’s touch points with customers, including social, email marketing, traditional advertising, event marketing and public relations. Often, non-local clients come to Nadorlik & Co. for one aspect of their marketing plan. Mostly, this involves social media and blog management. For those clients, Nadorlik & Co. monitors their social media (Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, Pinterest, YouTube, and more) on a 24/7 basis, engaging with their fans through posts that enhance their engagement levels.

Today, Nadorlik & Co. includes Jill, two freelancers and three interns. They pride themselves on delivering Madison Avenue work on a Johnstown, PA budget, which their clients love. As a team of marketers and writers, they come together to make sure their clients’ brands are found where their audiences exist. Only then do sales come organically.

Small Business Exporter of the Year
Nino Vella, President
New Pig Corporation
Tipton, PA (Blair County)

Since its founding in 1985, New Pig Corporation has grown into a world leader in the field of absorbents and related products. An increasing component of the business has been with exports. Under the leadership of current president, Nino Vella, the company has worked diligently pursuing international markets. This has been accomplished through targeting market research, participation in trade shows and direct travel to various markets. During these events, the company networks not only with current distributors but also meet with new potential distributors for their products. The company has currently sold into more than seventy countries around the world.

More recently, China and Latin America has been a key focus for New Pig. Domestically, the company has developed a niche servicing the shale gas industry. International growth has not been without challenges. These have included branding in various countries to being more price competitive dealing with individual country’s duties and taxes. Price compared to inferior quality competitors has also been an issue. More recently, the company participated in the Governor’s Mission to Brazil and Chile in April.

New Pig promotes itself as providing solutions to help companies work better. Their customer relationships are excellent. For anyone who has dealt with the company, the employees do this while having fun. Currently the company has over 360 employees and continues to look at opportunities to grow both domestically and internationally.

The Richard Crawford Award
Honorable Bill Shuster
9th Congressional District

Throughout his career in the House, Congressman Bill Shuster has proven himself to be a leader on local and national issues, and an outspoken advocate for the people of the 9th Congressional District of Pennsylvania.

Congressman Shuster is committed to bringing greater opportunity and a better standard of living to the people of the 9th district through his focus on economic development and transportation infrastructure. As Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Shuster continues to work to secure important funding for roadway projects in the 9th district as well as infrastructure improvements throughout Western Pennsylvania. One of the largest committees in Congress, the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee currently has jurisdiction over all modes of transportation: aviation, maritime and waterborne transportation, roads, mass transit and railroads. He is a past member of the House Small Business committee.

In addition to his regular committee work with the Armed Services Committee, Chairman Buck McKeon named Shuster to serve as the chairman of a special panel to investigate the challenges small and medium sized businesses face in doing business with the Department of Defense.

Prior to coming to Congress, Shuster worked on his family’s farm in Bedford County, gained valuable marketing and management experience with the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Corporation as well as with Bandag Incorporated where he served as District Manager. He is also an experienced small business owner, having owned and operated an automobile dealership, in East Freedom, Pennsylvania.