Neal Smith Entrepreneur of the Year Award
In recognition of Neal Smith’s leadership in the creation of the national Small Business Development Center (SBDC) program—which serves entrepreneurs and businesses in all U.S. states and territories—America’s SBDC Iowa established this annual award on the occasion of its 25th anniversary (2006) to continually honor Chairman Smith’s contributions to the SBDC program and Iowa’s small business community.
The award is presented annually to a successful Iowa entrepreneur in order to encourage Iowa’s entrepreneurs, the driving force behind Iowa’s economic growth. Winning entrepreneurs must have been in business a minimum of three years and have to have been significantly assisted by an Iowa SBDC center.
[LEFT]: Former Iowa Congressman Neal Smith and Congressman Tom Latham were honored for their service to Iowa’s small business at the 25th Anniversary Celebration of the Iowa Small Business Development Center program held October 4, 2006 in West Des Moines. From left to right are: Ron Manning, former Iowa SBDC State Director; Congressman Tom Latham; former Congressman Neal Smith; Jon Ryan, former Iowa SBDC State Director; Don Wilson, former President/CEO, ASBDC
Neal Smith Award Winners
Corridor Business Journal
Premier Cleaning Services
Air Control, Inc.