Thursday, May 6, 2010 | 4:23 p.m.
Each year, the U.S. Small Business Administration honors business owners across the 50 states with its SBA awards program. Nevada is no different.
In this publication, we profile the 2010 honorees. These six winners are full of amazing stories. These small business owners can relate to just how tough running a small business can be and the hours of hard work — the blood, sweat and tears — that goes into being successful.
The nominees are judged by an independent panel of small business leaders on a variety of criteria, including staying power, growth in number of employees, increase in sales, financial reports, innovative products or services, response to adversity, evidence of contributions to community-oriented projects and small business advocacy.
This year’s SBA Small Business Person of the Year for Nevada is Christopher Vito, president and chief executive officer of Nevada Adult Day Healthcare Centers. The company specializes in a social-medical model for adult day care of elderly and disabled adults.
He will be honored May 23-25 during SBA’s National Small Business Week activities in Washington, D.C. This marks the 57th anniversary of the SBA, and the 47th annual proclamation of Small Business Week.
Check out the feature stories about Vito and the other honorees as well. Winners were also selected in the following categories: Microenterprise Business Person of the Year, Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Minority Small Business Champion of the Year, Women in Business Champion of the Year and the Michael Graham Entrepreneurial Spirit Award. These are people who truly know that running a successful business is less about free time and more about old-fashioned hard work.
Editor of Special Publications