Businessman honored |

Businessman honored

by Linda Hiller

Business owner Rick Campbell was recently selected as the Gardnerville Small Business Person of the Year by the United States Small Business Administration.

Campbell, 54, is the publisher of Motorcycle Industry Magazine, one of four trade magazines that serve the motorcycle business world, a $7.5 billion per year industry. He started the magazine in 1980 in Southern California and moved the business to Gardnerville in 1994. He also runs Industry Shopper Publishing from his location in a converted United Methodist Church building at 1548 Highway 395.

Campbell said the award of Small Business Person of the Year is gratifying.

“It means that all the sweat equity we put into this business has provided us with some recognition,” he said. “It will look good on the resume.”

Campbell was sponsored for the award by Sandy Cable, who was the executive director of the Business Council of Douglas County at the time.

n Additional honorees. Other SBA small business persons for the year were also announced for Reno, Henderson and Las Vegas. The yearly awards are aimed at recognizing business owners and business advocates in the United States. Winners are judged by an independent panel of 10 small business leaders on a variety of criteria, including staying power, growth in number of employees, increase in sales, current and past financial reports, innovativeness of product or service, response to adversity and evidence of contributions to community-oriented projects.

Eight winners of statewide SBA awards were also announced, including Reno business people, Luther Mack of Mack Associates for Entrepreneurial Success of the Year; Roberta Bennett, president of Nevada State Development Corp. for Small Business Financial Services Advocate of the Year; and Michelle Casey of the Nevada Small Business Development Center at the University of Nevada, Reno.

The state Small Business Person of the Year is Michelle Curran of Unique Enterprises, Inc., a company that has been manufacturing coin wrap rolls in North Las Vegas for 22 years.

Curran will be considered, along with the winners in the other 49 states, for selection as the Small Business Person of the Year. She will be invited to attend a special ceremony at the White house in Washington, D.C., during Small Business Week, the last week in May.

Winners from northern Nevada will be honored in Reno Tuesday June 1 at SBA’s Small Business Awards Luncheon at the Atlantis Hotel and Casino. The southern Nevada winners will be honored in Las Vegas at a later date.

To attend the Reno award luncheon, call Sara Ellis of the Greater Reno/Sparks Chamber of Commerce, (775) 686-3035.