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SBA ANNOUNCES ANNUAL SMALL BUSINESS AWARDS

 SBA ANNOUNCES ANNUAL SMALL BUSINESS AWARDS
 SEATTLE, Jan. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Small Business


Administration (SBA) announced today the 1992 Seattle District winner for "Small Business Person of the Year." The winner is Nancy Paino Robinson, president of Rainier Photographic Supply Inc., in Seattle. SBA also announced the local winner of the "Entrepreneurial Success Award," Neil Rogers and Hadley Rogers, owners of Truck Town Inc. (d/b/a Seattle-East Auto/Truck Plaza), North Bend, Wash.
 "These awards spotlight the men and women who, through their independent entrepreneurial spirit, play a vital role building our communities and the economy," said Robert P. Meredith, Seattle District Director. "We are please to recognize Nancy Paino Robinson, Neil Rogers and Hadley Rogers as examples of Western Washington's finest entrepreneurs."
 Robinson was selected Small Business Person of the Year based on the following criteria: Staying power, growth in number of employees, increase in sales and/or unit volume, current and past financial reports and innovativeness of product or service offered.
 Rainier Photographic Supply Inc. is a wholesaler and retailer of photographic supplies located at 8730 Rainier Avenue South in Seattle. Robinson has overcome financial hardship, the death of her husband and two disastrous fires in the process of building her venture. Through perseverance, business savvy, and endless hours of hard work, she has built a successful enterprise while also giving back to her community through many service activities.
 Brothers Neil Rogers and Hadley Rogers were winners in a special category. The Entrepreneurial Success Award is for individuals who own and operate a business that was launched as a "small" business by SBA size standards but has since developed and grown, with some SBA assistance, into a large business. The other Small Business Person of the Year award criteria also apply.
 Seattle-East Auto/Truck Plaza (also known as Ken's Truck Town) is located next to Interstate 90, just east of North Bend. Now the largest truck stop in Washington state, the firm has served truckers and travelers for 50 years. Beginning as Ken's Cafe in 1941 with six employees, the business has now blossomed into a full-scale, full- serve auto/truck plaza with two locations and 175 employees.
 "Twenty million small businesses employ half the country's work force, create two of every three new jobs, and generate a majority of American innovations," Meredith added. "The Small Business person of the Year award process is SBA's national salute to our nation's small businesses."
 SBA district award winners will compete for recognition on state and national levels in the coming months. The 29th annual celebration of National Small Business Week, May 10-16, will include presentation of the national awards at The White House in Washington, D.C.
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 /CONTACT: Melvin H. Pfeif of U.S. Small Business Administration, 206-553-2682/ CO: U.S. Small Business Administration ST: Washington IN: SU:


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