Nominations sought for Small Business Person of the Year award

Edward Cadena

Edward Cadena

Phil Castle, The Business Times

When Ed Cadena describes his role as director of the Colorado office of the U.S. Small Business Administration, he emphasizes the entirety of the state, not just the more populous Front Range.

That’s why Cadena said he’s soliciting nominations from across Colorado for an annual award recognizing the achievements of small businesses and their owners. That includes entrepreneurs from the Grand Valley and elsewhere in Western Colorado. “What we’re trying to do is include every part of Colorado,” he added.

Nominations will be accepted through Jan. 10 for the Small Business Person of the Year Award, which will be bestowed as part of National Small Business Week April 30 to May 6. Statewide winners will be considered for national recognition.

Nominations must be mailed or delivered by hand to an SBA office. Forms, selection criteria and guidelines are available at More information is available by contacting Sarah Hughes at (303) 844-6505 or

While entrepreneurs from different industry sectors have won the award, they tend to share some common characteristics, Cadena said. They demonstrate perseverance in starting and growing their ventures and innovation in identifying and serving niches in their markets. Moreover, they add value through personalized services and give back to their communities. “All of that comes into play.”

Winners of the Small Business Person of the Year award serve as role models for other entrepreneurs to emulate, he said.

But the recognition that comes with the award also helps winners in further improving business, Cadena added. “Success breeds success.”

Phil Castle is editor of the Grand Valley Business Times, a twice-monthly business journal published in Grand Junction. Castle brings to his duties nearly 30 years of experience in editorial management positions with Western Colorado newspapers. In addition, his free-lance work has appeared in a variety of publications, including the Washington Post. He holds a bachelor's degree in technical journalism from Colorado State University.
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