FAIRMONT, W.Va. — The West Virginia Small Business Development Center (WV SBDC), joined by Small Business Administration (SBA) WV District Office officials, honored clients who received 2022 Small Business Week Awards during an invitation-only ceremony in Fairmont on May 6.

“It is an honor to recognize this year’s Small Business Week Award winners, and especially exciting to celebrate a West Virginian who has earned national accolades,” said Vic Sprouse, WV SBDC interim director. “These entrepreneurs have found innovative ways to grow their businesses and create jobs in the Mountain State and the WV SBDC is proud to partner with them to support their continued success.”

In addition to the small businesses being honored, the top lenders of 2021 were also recognized, including Huntington National Bank as the WV Lender of the Year, Clear Mountain Bank as the WV Community Lender of the Year, and First Microloan of WV as the WV Microlender of the Year. 

“These successes and contributions to the state’s economy wouldn’t be possible without the generous support of these top lenders,” said Sprouse.

Award recipients are listed below.

2022 National Small Business Person of the Year Award
In addition to being named WV’s Small Business Person of the Year, Jill Scarbro-McLaury of Bright Futures Learning Services in Winfield received the 2022 National Small Business Person of the Year Award, becoming the first West Virginian to receive the national honor.

Read Governor Jim Justice’s announcement here.

WV Family-Owned Business of the Year
Kimberly Mack of Cyclops Industries, Inc. in South Charleston

WV Woman-Owned Small Business of the Year
Julie Zuecher of Sparkle Janitorial Products, LLC in Morgantown

WV Veteran-Owned Small Business of the Year
Elizabeth Riffle of Riffle Farms, LLC in Terra Alta


WV SBDC is an accredited member of America’s SBDC, a federal partner with the SBA and a state partner with the WV Department of Economic Development. For information about starting a small business in WV and resources for entrepreneurs, visit wvsbdc.com.

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