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Schofield Selected as Alaska's Small Business Person of the Year


May 28, 2015
Thursday PM

(SitNews) Ketchikan, Alaska – Renee Schofield, CEO of TSS, Inc has been awarded the distinguished honor of Alaska Small Business Person of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration.

jpg Schofield Selected as Alaska's Small Business Person of the Year

The award was presented to Schofield in Ketchikan on May 6th by Alaska Director of the SBA Sam Dickey at the Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce.

Calvin Goings, Region X Administrator, and Jennifer Clark, Region X Advocate, attended a reception on May 7th, to honor the awardee at the Ketchikan Small Business Development Center. They traveled from Seattle for the celebration.

On May 8th, Jenna Schofield attended a reception in Washington, D.C. honoring all awardees from the U.S. and accepted the award on behalf of TSS.

Renee Schofield owns and operates TSS in six locations: three in Alaska located in Ketchikan, Juneau, and Craig; and three in the Midwest located in Keokuk, Iowa, Quincy, Illinois and Hannibal, Missouri. TSS plans to host a varity of celebrations to honor the award in each of its locations.

TSS specializes in federally mandated drug screening, but has multiple safety related programs for community and home environments. Schofield is a strong volunteer presence in many areas and is a public speaker for groups on several topics.

“This award really belongs to the people we serve and the communities we serve in, Schofield states. We are so blessed to have good people working at TSS, strong partnerships with our clients in promoting safe habits, and companies who take safety seriously. It’s an interesting time to be a business owner and I am so very grateful for the support we have.”

An April 16th letter from Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet, the head of the U.S. Small Business Administration, notified Schofield that she had been selected by the U.S. Small Business Administration as their 2015 Alaska State Small Business Person of the Year.

Contreras-Sweet stated in the letter," Your hard work, innovative ideas, and dedication to your employees and community have helped you build an outstanding business that has strengthened your state's economy."

Small business have led America's economic recovery because of the talent and dedication of entrepreneurs like Schofield, Contreras-Sweet wrote.

Contreras-Sweet announced the 2015 National Small Business Week awardees on April 17th. She said, “National Small Business Week is a chance to honor our nation’s 28 million small businesses and renew our commitment to fostering the entrepreneurial spirit that is central to the American experience. This year's winners are dynamic trailblazers in their respective small business fields, contributing to their local economies and providing good jobs in their communities. It is an honor to celebrate their hard work and success."

Since 1963, the President has issued a proclamation designating one week each year as National Small Business Week. This year, the celebration took place from May 4-8 all across the nation, with the theme “Dream Big, Start Small.”



Edited by Mary Kauffman, SitNews


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