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

Matt Curtis

Wayne‘s Ski & Cycle

Mason City

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Bruce Teague

Caring Hands & More

Iowa City

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Dr. Martin Gross

Gross-Wen Technologies

Slater

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Staci Ackerson

Shankland Insurance

Charles City

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Brad and Angie Barber

Cabin Coffee

Clear Lake

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Steve and Leona Fogle

Fogle True Value & Hardware

Centerville

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Tony Halsted

Hoover’s Hatchery Company

Rudd

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Deb Davis

Sister’s Home Style Entrées

Humboldt

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Mike Sexton

Real Time Ag, LLC

Rockwell City

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Chuck Dirks

CQM Systems

Coralville

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Tim Greene

Quality Machine of Iowa, Inc.

Audubon

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Emily Starr

StarrMatica Learning Systems

Clinton

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Gina Blean and Kelly Heysinger

Unified Therapy Services, Inc.

Dubuque

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John Lohman

Corridor Business Journal

Coralville

Marguerite White

Premier Cleaning Services

Bettendorf

Mary Connell

Air Control, Inc.

Clinton

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