(PRWEB) April 16, 2013
Congratulations to Ms. Kimberly Scott, CEO of The Great Gourmet, Inc. from Federalsburg, MD, Mr. Kevin Hill, Hill-Kimmel Contracting from Cambridge, MD and Mr. & Mrs. Charles Fry of Rocky Point Farm, Inc. from Tuscarora, MD for winning Maryland Small Business Awards from Small Business Administration Baltimore District Office. Ms. Scott has been named the 2013 Maryland Minority Small Business Champion of the Year. Mr. Hill was named 2013 Maryland Young Entrepreneur of the Year. Mr. & Mrs. Fry have been named 2013 Maryland Family Owned Small Business of the Year.
In May of 2009, Ms. Scott contacted Mr. Richard A. Loeffler from the Eastern Region Small Business & Technology Development Center (SBDTC) to seek advice about a small business loan that would help her with her fast growing business. Ms. Scott had started a Seafood business in 2003 and by 2008 was named Inc. Magazines Top 500 fastest growing company in the country. By February of 2010 sales revenue had reached over $4,000,000 and was expected to keep growing. The need for a building with more freezer space became critically important. At the time, Ms. Scott was renting the building, but was considering the purchase of the structure. Mr. Loeffler from the SBTDC assisted her with the loan applications to various places and compilation of the necessary documentation. He also nominated her for the Ernst & Young Women Entrepreneur of the Year award. By 2012, the business had grown to 39 employees and was in need of a structured and well defined employee handbook. Mr. Loeffler arranged for a student team of Salisbury University students from the Perdue School of Business to work with Ms. Scott and help her formalize the procedures and regulations that would apply to all employees. The company had a consistent policy that would uphold the fairness and high standard of The Great Gourmet. Ms. Scott expressed great gratitude and satisfaction to the student team and the Small Business Technology and Development Center for the assistance, guidance, and support she has received over the years.
Hill-Kimmel contracting is a general contracting and construction management company, located in Cambridge, MD. In early 2010, Mr. Kevin Hill moved to Cambridge, MD after accepting a position with residential and light commercial general contracting company. During course of that year Mr. Hill opened up new construction opportunities for the company with Salisbury University. It was also during this time that Mr. Hill started to pursue plans for purchasing the company. After multiple consultations with Mr. Richard A. Loeffler of Small Business Technology and Development Center, Mr. Hill negotiated a structured buy-out of assets from his employer. During spring of 2012, Mr.Hill adopted Hill-Kimmel contracting as the official trade name for his construction company. While sales only increased by approximately 5% between 2011 and 2012; 2012 lined up several contracts for 2013. With several additional large contracts pending, Hill-Kimmel contracting is expecting to be able to atleast triple its sales in 2013 and anticipates having nearly 10 employees on its payroll by year’s end. This success earned Mr. Hill the award of 2013 Maryland Young Entrepreneur of the Year.
Another client of Western Region Small Business Technology and Development center, Rocky Point Farm Rocky Point Farm LLC is nominated for Family Business in recognition of the owner attributes and contributions for growth, innovation, leadership, environmental and community stewardship. Rocky Point Farm owned by Mr. and Mrs. Charles Fry is located in Frederick County MD and has been continuously operating since its formation in 1883. The current owners are the 5th generation of Fry family to manage the family business which started the current dairy operation in 1952. As the 5th generation to operate the 175-acre Rocky Point Farm in Tuscarora, MD, Charles and Paula Fry are laudable stewards for the rich history as well as the challenging and evolving future of this beautiful farm that began in 1883. Their vision for innovating the product and service line to supplement the traditional farm model demonstrates proactive business management.
The award presentation will take place at the 2013 Maryland Small Business Week Awards Luncheon on Friday, April 19, 2013 from 11.00 AM – 1.30 PM at Martin’s West in Woodlawn, MD. This is a spectacular event that celebrates the achievement of Maryland’s outstanding entrepreneurs and small business advocates.