Interactive Achievement Executives Named 2012 Virginia Small Business Persons of the Year

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The U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Richmond District Office’s has chosen four executives at Interactive Achievement as the 2012 Small Business Persons of the Year for the Commonwealth of Virginia. As the winner of the state award, Interactive Achievement will represent Virginia in the 2012 National Small Business Person of the Year competition.

Interactive Achievement, the company known for software that is used in the majority of Virginia school systems to assess students’ Standards of Learning progress, is wowing business leaders and government officials yet again. The U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Richmond District Office’s independent panel of judges has chosen four executives at the company as Small Business Persons of the Year for the Commonwealth of Virginia.

“SBA’s Small Business Week awards are among the most prestigious awards in the nation recognizing small business success,” said Jayne Armstrong, District Director for the SBA. “The SBA is honored to recognize a small business like Interactive Achievement for its many contributions to Virginia’s economy.”

Jonathan L. Hagmaier, C.E.O.; Mary V. Hagmaier, Director of Corporate Relations; Matthew Muller, Solutions Architect, and Jacob E. Gibson, VP of Business Development will be among the nine people receiving awards from the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Richmond District Office, at the Small Business Awards Luncheon in Richmond on Friday, May 18. As the winner of the state award, Interactive Achievement will represent Virginia in the 2012 National Small Business Person of the Year competition. The winner of the national award will be announced in Washington, D.C., during the May 20-22 observance of National Small Business Week.

“This is truly an honor for Interactive Achievement,” said Jonathan Hagmaier. “We had a vision that teachers should be able to access data immediately so they could make adjustments to improve the learning experience for their students. Here we are six years later and thousands of teachers are using our solution to help students. This award validates the tireless efforts of our entire team.”

This award follows quickly on the heels of regional recognition by the Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce and Roanoke Regional Small Business Development Center, which named Interactive Achievement the 2011 Small Business of the Year.

About Interactive Achievement

Interactive Achievement employs current and former educators to create high-quality student assessment software for school districts in response to the overwhelming need for better benchmark assessment tools. Interactive Achievement’s fully integrated standards-based testing system gives educators accurate formative and interim assessments of student performance throughout the school year so students can be better prepared for end-of-year testing, raising the bar for statewide exams.To learn more, please visit http://www.interactiveachievement.com.

About the U.S. Small Business Administration

SBA’s mission is to maintain and strengthen the nation’s economy by aiding, counseling, assisting and protecting the interests of small businesses. It offers assistance in the areas of counseling, capital, contracting, disaster assistance and advocacy to help entrepreneurs start, build and grow their businesses. For more information, contact the SBA Richmond District Office at 804-771-2400 or visit http://www.sba.gov.

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