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Top 10 Small Business Leaders of 2014

A small business is a business that is independently owned and operated, and organized for profit. Depending on the...

Top 10 Small Business Leaders of 2014

A small business is a business that is independently owned and operated, and organized for profit. Depending on the industry, it has 100 to 1,500 employees and a revenue of $500,000 to $20 million. The SBA (Small Business Administration) selects the best small business people of the year. Here is a list of 10.

 

1. Amir A. Varshovi, Green Technologies LLC

We'll start with the most inspirational story. As with many others, Varshovi immigrated to the US when he was young, aiming to live the “American Dream.” He managed to put himself through college and after couple of years he decided to make an eco-friendly company out of his garage. This happened in 1999 and today he has a 25-acre manufacturing facility in Gainesville and is about to build a 23-acre facility in Lakeland.

 

2. Elizabeth Colon, Metaphrasis Language and Cultural Solutions LLC

Elizabeth grew up in a family with limited proficiency in English. As a hospital interpreter, she felt the need for better language services. That is how she started Metaphrasis. Today, the company includes 300 translators and over 100 interpreters in 180 different languages for clients in medical, educational and legal fields. In 2013, the company brought in $2.5 million in revenue.

 

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3. Tommy Ray Cornett, Bleed Blue Tattoo and Piercing Inc.

In 2008 Cornett opened Bleed Blue. His clients were mainly basketball players now in the NBA, UFC fighters and musicians. The company now has 10 artists, four service employees and two piercers. This year Bleed Blue is expected to surpass $1 million in revenues.

 

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4. Keith A. DuRousseau, Keiland Construction LLC

DuRousseau is a great example for the argument that risk is worth it most of the time. He was working construction projects when he realized that he could build his own company. He and his wife sold their house to start saving money and in 2007 he founded Keiland Construction with a staff of two. Today, he has a staff of 24 and an average annual revenue growth of 450%.

 

5. Stephanie Novak Hau, Chesapeake Environmental Management Inc.

In 1993, Hau and her husband decided to start a consulting firm that would help clients with various environmental challenges. Chesapeake Environmental Management now has 55 employees, along with $4 million in revenues in 2013.

 

6. Scott H. Warzecha, Netgain technology

Warzecha started as a provider of healthcare-information technology in 2000. Toady Netgain company specializes in cloud-based management systems and has 200 clients in 35 states, along with $3.3 million in revenues and 95 employees in 2013.

 

7. Chris Licata, Blake's All Natural Foods

In 2006, Licata became a president in his father-in-law's family business and provided national recognition to the company. Blake's All Natural Foods, home-style meals from England, are today sold in 46 states. The company expects $8.7 million in revenues in 2014.

 

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8. Andrew Kratz and Joel Graybeal, Triangle Rock Club

Triangle Rock Club is a climbing gym opened in 2012 by two friends, Andrew and Joel. TRC is growing quickly. In 2013 it had 50 employees and over $1.5 million in revenues.

 

9. William Larry Mocha, APSCO

APSCO is William's father company, and he took over as CEO in 1984. The company manufactures control systems for the trucking industry. The company successfully adapted to technology trends through the years and now has 58 employees and $10 million in sales for 2013.

 

10. Ryan McFarland, Strider Sports International Inc.

Noticing that traditional bicycles and tricycles were unsafe for his two-year-old boy, he created an alternative called Strider Bike. The bike is free of gears and pedals, allowing the driver to develop balance while using its feet to drive the bike-scooter hybrid. Now Strider has 32 employees and $10 million in sales in 2013.

 

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