Omaha – The Nebraska Business Development Center (NBDC) honored six businesses last week at a luncheon in Lincoln for their contributions to the Nebraska economy.
The Champion of Small Business Award, the NBDC’s top award, was presented to Garwood Enterprises, of Dakota City. The company, which is owned by Douglas Garwood and operating as Cardinal Farms, began as a family farm but has grown in recent years to include a 13,200-square-foot greenhouse and an 11,650-square-foot aquaculture facility.
The Champion of Small Business Award was first presented in 1983. It recognizes a business owner who both successfully operates a business and encourages others to pursue business ownership as a career. Garwood is active in the South Sioux City Chamber of Commerce and is a founding member of Siouxland Ethanol.
Other awards that were presented included:
- Technology Business of the Year to LNKChemsolutions, Lincoln
- Government Contractor of the Year to Calvin L. Hinz Architects, Elkhorn
- Business of the Year in Energy and the Environment to The Grey Plume, Omaha
- Manufacturing Business of the Year to Certified Transmission, Omaha
- Export Business of the Year to Elliott Equipment Company, Omaha.
In 2013, the Nebraska Business Development Center provided business analysis and advice to more than 2,000 businesses throughout Nebraska contributing over $343 million in cumulative economic impact for the state.
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About the Nebraska Business Development Center
NBDC is a cooperative program of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the College of Business Administration at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO). NBDC partners with the University of Nebraska at Kearney, Southeast Community College, Wayne State College, Mid-Plains Community College and Chadron State College to provide consulting and business support services from offices in Omaha, Lincoln, Kearney, Grand Island, North Platte, Wayne, Auburn, Scottsbluff and Chadron.
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