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Transportation services firm named top N.H. small business.

Dr. George Korn and Joyce Korn, founders and owners of Safeway Training and Transportation Services Inc., Newton Junction, have been named New Hampshire's Small Business Persons of the Year for 2009.

The Small Business Person of the Year is among the 14 2009 SBA awards handed out in New Hampshire. All award winners will be recognized at the 2009 SBA Small Business Awards Luncheon, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. June 3 at C.R. Sparks in Bedford.

In addition, the Korns will join the nation's top small businesses in Washington, D.C., to compete for the honor of National Small Business Person of the Year during the U.S. Small Business Administration's National Small Business Week celebration, to be held May 17-23.

Safeway Training and Transportation Services, founded in 1989, provides transportation, school bus driver training and consultation to transporters and school districts.


The company publishes a school bus driver manual for transportation of disabled students that is used in 41 states and has been key in the preparation of the New Hampshire State Manual on School Bus Driving as well as the Massachusetts State Manual on School Bus Driving.

The Korns--who started and grew their business with the help of SBA-guaranteed financing--"are a classic New Hampshire small business success story," said SBA's New Hampshire District Director Witmer Jones. "You can't help but be impressed with what they've accomplished through hard work, ingenuity and commitment."

Other New Hampshire SBA honorees are:

* Melissa Page of Goffstown, owner of Melissa Page Cosmetics, Young Entrepreneur of the Year

* Lakes Region Linen, Laconia, Jeffrey Butland Family-Owned Business of the Year

* Glenda Godshall of Brookline, founder and president of Nashua Nutrition, Woman Business Owner of the Year

* James E. Goss of Derry, executive director of the New Hampshire Committee of Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, Veteran Small Business Champion

* Leslie Sturgeon of Bristol, founder and president of Women Inspiring Women, Women in Business Champion of the Year

* John Martin, vice president business development, Laconia Savings Bank, and Richard Holden, vice president business development, Laconia Savings, 2009 Financial Services Champions of the Year

* Jeremiah "Jerry" Turner of Sanford, Maine, business editor for Foster's Daily Democrat, Small Business Journalist of the Year

* Mary Ann Kristiansen of Roxbury, executive director of the Hannah Grimes Center, Home Based Business Champion of the Year for New Hampshire and New England

* Safety Net Solutions Inc., Salem, Prime Contractor of the Year for the Northeast Region

* New Hampshire Small Business Development Center, Office of Statewide Educational programs, led by Heidi Edwards Dunn, Coordinator, Small Business Development Center Service Excellence and Innovation Center Award

* Theodore "Ted" Papoutsy of Rye SCORE Counselor of the Year

* Karen Pollard, economic development manager for the city of Rochester, Special District Champion of the Year.

* David Perry, president of Port Electronics Corp., Salem, Minority Small Business Person of the Year.

For further information on the June 3 Small Business Awards Luncheon in Bedford, call the Small Business Development Center at 603-227-0417.
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Title Annotation:SMALL BUSINESS; George Korn and Joyce Korn; Safeway Training and Transportation Services Inc.
Publication:New Hampshire Business Review
Geographic Code:1U1NH
Date:May 8, 2009
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