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Online Job Search Company from Virginia is National Small Business of the Year
Date:4/22/2008

He was surprised not to find many sites geared towards internships or hourly jobs, and thus was born his idea. When it became obvious that no one was fulfilling this need, Shawn researched the business, left his job as a lawyer, found some venture capital backing and started the company.

In barely eight years, SnagAJob.com has become a hugely successful part-time and hourly job-posting site, connecting millions of registered job seekers with active job postings. The business started in 2000 with 24 full-time employees crammed into a 1,000-square-foot self storage unit in an office park. Today it boasts 85 full-time "snaggers" in a 35,000-square-fool Silicon

Valley-like facility overlooking a lake in Richmond. Revenues have grown each year, and the company became profitable after its fourth year. Gross sales reached $11 million in 2007. Yet Shawn's passion goes beyond the bottom line, leading him to a level of volunteerism and community involvement that has become a big part of the drive behind his company's success.

Angela Timm, the first runner-up, started Cottage Garden, Inc., a line of sentimental framed gifts and music boxes, as an outgrowth of a successful retail business. The company grew into a thriving operation of its own, with annual sales the first year topping $128,000. Sales doubled every year the first six years, reaching $5.9 million last year. The company survived near disastrous circumstances and faced closure after 9/11, and underwent a major business restructuring in 2004 after a major tornado destroyed Angela's home. Angela then went global, and recorded export sales grew of more than $900,000 last year. Angela received assistance from the West Central Indiana SBDC, and an SBA-backed loan for $1.3 million through the Bank of Indiana.

Second runner-up Deborah Moore enjoyed being a nurse but tired of the daily, 9-to-5 grind. As a single mother of two, she sought flexibility and the quality of life of a home-base
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