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As part of National Small Business Week, the Illinois Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Danville Area Community College recognized nine small Vermilion County businesses in five categories for their work. National Small Business Week, this year Apr. 30 – May 6, is a week designated by the President each year since 1963 to honor the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs. 

The Small Business Stars Awards Breakfast was held on May 4 the Danville Country Club.  The award categories focus on the various stages of business growth from those businesses that are in their first two years of operation to those who have operated 10 years or more.

Carol Nichols, executive director of the Illinois SBDC at DACC, said, “Business ownership requires a commitment to long hours, hard work and personal investment.  Small businesses not only provide a living for their owners, but also their employees and provide needed goods and services to the communities they serve.  All deserve our recognition and thanks.  This year, we recognize these nine special small business stars.”

Legacy Award - Milford Family Restaurant (Milford) and Russell Leigh & Associates (Hoopeston, Watseka, Gibson City and Cissna Park)

Torch Award - Danville Omni Kolor (Danville)

Small Business of the Year Award - Mad Goat Coffee (Danville), Frozie’s Fat Calf Frozen Yogurt (Danville), Sonny’s Corner Café & Pizzeria (Sidell)

Small Business Start-Up of the Year - Lifted Up Balloon Designs Party Store & Café Express (Danville), and Shovelhead Saloon (Danville)

Entrepreneur of the Year – April Jones/Learn & Lead Academy (Hoopeston)

The Illinois SBDC at DACC honors area small businesses annually.  Nominations may be submitted throughout the year by mail at 2000 E. Main St., Danville, IL  61832 or email at sbdc@dacc.edu.The Illinois Small Business Development Center is funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity and Danville Area Community College.  The center provides no-cost one-on-one business consulting services and low-cost workshops to small businesses throughout Community College District 507.

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