SBA Names Virginian National Small Business Person of the Year

The Small Business Administration has named a Virginia entrepreneur as its national small business person of the year.

Shawn Boyer founded eight years ago and has grown it into a successful Web site for posting and finding hourly and part-time jobs.

"Boyer is a perfect example of the creativity and inspiration it takes to become a highly successful entrepreneur," said SBA head Steven Preston during an event celebrating National Small Business Week in Washington.

Boyer, 35, was working as an attorney in a D.C. law firm when a friend asked him for help finding a summer internship. Boyer discovered that there weren't a lot of resources for potential interns or workers looking for hourly jobs and so embarked upon his start-up.

The firm started with 2 full-time employees working out of a 1,000-square-foot self-storage unit. It now employs 110 full-time workers in a 35,000-square-foot facility in Richmond, Va. The firm had $11 million in gross sales in 2007.

Angela Timm was the first runner-up. She started Cottage Garden, a retailer of framed gifts and music boxes. The company faced closure due to repercussions of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and then experienced other challenges when Timm's home was destroyed by a tornado. She largely grew her now successful business, based in Bainbridge, Ind., by exporting.

Two entrepreneurs tied for second runner-up: nurse Deborah Moore, founder and CEO of medical transcription service firm AccuStat EMR of Myrtle Beach, S.C., and George Burciaga, founder and CEO of information technology business of Chicago.

By Sharon McLoone |  April 23, 2008; 1:31 PM ET Profiles in Entrepreneurship
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