George Burciaga tied for second runner-up. George, who sold gum on the streets of Chicago's tough Pilsen neighborhood when he was 7 years old, started a one-man information technology company, smarTECHS.net, in 1998 in his two-bedroom apartment. The IT firm started out offering custom full technology life-cycle solutions to investment banking and beverage companies. By 2002, the business had expanded to include IT services in the public sector, including the cities of Chicago and New Orleans. The company recorded revenues of $2.6 million in 2006 and approximately $8.8 million in contracts for 2008.
The winners are selected on their record of stability, growth in employment and sales, financial condition, innovation, response to adversity and community service. For more information on these companies and on the rest of the state Small Business Person of the Year award winners, visit the SBA Web site at http://www.nationalsmallbusinessweek.com. The Web site also includes additional information on Small Business Week 2008, including information on all award winners.
The U.S. Small Business Administration thanks the following cosponsors
of National Small Business Week and related events: Sam's Club,
Administaff, Raytheon, IBM, Chevron, The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation,
Cisco, Lockheed Martin, Salesforce, Lowe's, Banco Popular, Minority
Business Development A
|SOURCE U.S. Small Business Administration|
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