WASHINGTON (Gray DC) -- Sioux Falls entrepreneur Kevin Nyberg proudly holds his shiny new award. He’s 2018’s Small Business Person of the Year from South Dakota.
“I’m honored to win the award, and frankly, very honored to represent small businesses of South Dakota," said Nyberg.
Nyberg’s father opened his first store 60 years ago. The family now owns five stores with 150 full time and part time employees.
"In 1990, we added our second store. And from there, progressed and added three more after that. Extremely proud of the store we just put in in downtown Sioux Falls. It’s a historical building — an old Texaco next to a Sid’s Liquor Store," said Nyberg.
Small Business Administrator Linda McMahon, who handed out awards to small business owners in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico, says the winners showed innovation, growth, and commitment to the community.
“If they’ve bought a business, and grown it, what have they done to make it different? Perhaps they have taken a business out of bankruptcy and built it and grown it and turned it into something. Have they started a business that’s brand new — an idea that they had that they wanted to see succeed?" said McMahon.
Nyberg isn’t just taking a trophy back home. He’s building a camaraderie with his fellow small business award winners.
“Small businesses employee half of employees in America today. They also create two out of three new jobs. Not to mention, small businesses are the backbone of small communities," he said.
As Nyberg heads back to South Dakota, McMahon will hit the road in this SBA bus — meeting with small business owners in Florida, Georgia, and the Carolinas.
The awards ceremony was part of National Small Business Week, which continues through May 5th. Click "Related Links" for more information.