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Saint Francis University SBDC to Honor Small Businesses at Annual Awards Luncheon

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The Saint Francis University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will honor the winners of their 2013 Small Business Awards at an awards luncheon at noon on Friday, June 14, in the JFK Center on the Loretto campus.

The cost of the luncheon is $30 per person. Reservations are being accepted by the Saint Francis University SBDC through Thursday, June 6 at (814) 472-3200 or by email at .

The awards recognize the outstanding achievements of the Southern Alleghenies Region’s most successful entrepreneurs and small business advocates. The winners are as follows:

Small Business Person of the Year

Rebecca A. Stevens-Strunk
Children’s Express Inc.
Cresson, PA (Cambria County)

In 1998 Stevens-Strunk founded Childrens’ Express Inc., a childcare center that provides age-specific care to children from ages  6 weeks to 12 years. The staff recognizes that each child has unique talents, learning styles, and personalities, and strives to instill integrity, compassion, and confidence in each child. The center’s nurturing and caring environment encourages creativity and the abilities to work both independently and cooperatively with others.

Children’s Express Inc.  is State Licensed and a Star 1 site in the Keystone Stars program. The company employs 18 and has an enrollment of 135 children, with a substantial waiting list. In order to accommodate the growing business, the company recently constructed and opened a new building.

Financial Services Advocate of the Year

Robert L. Enos
Somerset Trust Company
Somerset, PA (Somerset County)

Enos has been employed by Somerset Trust Company since 1974, and currently serves as the Senior Vice President/Senior Lender. He has always focused on Commercial Lending, start-ups, and existing businesses. Over the years, Enos has grown Somerset Trust Company from an asset size of $60 million to $800 million and Commercial Lending portfolio from $30 million to over $300 million.

Somerset Trust has always been a community bank working with small businesses. Since expanding into Cambria, Fayette, Bedford, Westmoreland, and soon Maryland, the bank’s support for small communities and their businesses is evident. Enos has always prided himself as “being able to sit down and listen to a person’s story and try to make the story be real.”

Young Entrepreneur of the Year

Jill Nadorlik
Nadorlik & Co.
Johnstown, PA (Cambria County)

Founded in 2011, Nadorlik & Co. has assisted over 200 small- to mid-size businesses across the globe with their marketing needs. As integrated marketers, Nadorlik & Co. specializes in the intersection where marketing meets writing. The company has designed websites, brochures, and newsletters, and has even managed the advertising budgets for Kelly Clarkson, Sesame Street Live, and more. By looking at a brand from all perspectives, the company is able to manage all of a brand’s touch points with customers, including social media, email marketing, traditional advertising, event marketing, and public relations.

Nadorlik & Co. includes Nadorlik, two freelancers, and three interns. They pride themselves on delivering Madison Avenue work on a Johnstown, PA budget, which their clients love. As a team of marketers and writers, they come together to make sure their clients’ brands are found where their audiences exist.

Small Business Exporter of the Year

Nino Vella, President
New Pig Corporation
Tipton, PA (Blair County)

Since its founding in 1985, New Pig Corporation has grown into a world leader in the field of absorbents and related products. Under the leadership of current president, Nino Vella, the company has worked diligently to pursue international markets and increase exports. This has been accomplished through targeted market research, participation in trade shows, and direct travel to various markets. During these events, the company networks not only with current distributors, but also meets with new potential distributors. The company has sold to more than seventy countries around the world. Recently, China and Latin American have been focus areas for New Pig. In April, New Pig participated in the Governor’s Mission to Brazil and Chile.

New Pig promotes itself as providing solutions to help companies work better. Its customer relationships are excellent. The company currently has over 360 employees and continues to look at opportunities to grow, both domestically and internationally.

The Richard Crawford Award

Honorable Bill Shuster
9th Congressional District

Throughout his career in the House, Congressman Shuster has proven himself to be a leader on local and national issues, and an outspoken advocate for the people of the 9th Congressional District of Pennsylvania, committed to bringing greater opportunity and a better standard of through his focus on economic development and transportation infrastructure. As Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Shuster continues to work to secure funding for roadway projects in the 9th district and infrastructure improvements throughout Western Pennsylvania. Shuster was also named to serve as the chairman of a special panel to investigate the challenges small- and medium- sized businesses face in doing business with the Department of Defense.

Prior to coming to Congress, Shuster worked on his family’s farm in Bedford County, and gained valuable marketing and management experience working at Goodyear Tire and Rubber Corporation and Bandag Incorporated. He is also an experienced small business owner, having owned and operated an automobile dealership in East Freedom, Pennsylvania. He is a past member of the House Small Business committee.