Friday, May 1, 2009

Scott Blackstock of Thomaston Joins Nation’s other Top Small Business Winners

Top entrepreneurs from each state, including Scott Blackstock, owner of Tidal Wave Auto Spa car washes in Georgia, will soon head to the nation’s capital to compete for the honor of National Small Business Person of the Year. The competition is a highlight of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s National Small Business Week celebration, May 17-23, 2009.

This year, Small Business Week will be a three-day event in Washington, D.C., taking place at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. Events can be viewed virtually through SBA’s free, live webcasting, which will be accessible at

The National Small Business Person of the Year and runners-up will be selected from among the 53 state small business winners, including the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam. More than 100 outstanding small business owners will be honored, reflecting a broad range of business products, services and innovations offered by our nation’s entrepreneurs. They include a bed and breakfast owner, Web site developer, printer, brewer, and mobility aid maker.

Blackstock was selected the SBA Small Business Person of the Year for Georgia by a three-judge panel earlier this year. He is president and owner of S.S. Blackstock Inc., which operates 11 Tidal Wave express car washes, with a 12th location set to open this summer in Stone Mountain, Georgia. A 1979 graduate of Georgia Tech, Blackstock operated a tire and auto repair business in Thomaston for 20 years before he opened his first car wash location in Riverdale in 2003. Since the first unit opened, Blackstock’s Tidal Wave business has grown to nearly 100 full and part-time employees and annual sales that have reached over $6 million.

Blackstock and other small business owners will be recognized during five major award events that will focus on the achievements of America’s top entrepreneurs. Besides the State Small Business Persons of the Year, men and women involved in disaster recovery, government contracting, small business champions as well as SBA partners in financial and entrepreneurial development will be honored.

The 2009 National Small Business Week award events will include the following individuals and groups:

· The National Small Business Person of the Year, selected from the 53 State Small Business Persons of the Year.
· The Champion Awards, recognizing both individuals and organizations for their achievements on behalf of small business, including minority, women and veteran-owned small businesses.
· The Phoenix Awards, recognizing a public official, two business owners and a volunteer whose efforts have helped their businesses or communities recover successfully from a disaster.
· The Lender of the Year, honoring financial institutions, including those that provide financing for small business exporters and inner city businesses.
· The Entrepreneurial Development Awards honoring Small Business Development Centers, Women’s Business Centers and the National SCORE Chapter of the Year for their innovation and excellence in assistance to entrepreneurs and small businesses.
· The Dwight D. Eisenhower Award for Excellence, recognizing large prime contractors who have excelled in their utilization of small businesses as suppliers and subcontractors.
· The Gold Star Award, recognizing exemplary performance of federal staff who manage the aggressive goals and strategic initiatives that help ensure a role for small business in the federal marketplace.
· The Frances Perkins Vanguard Award, honoring government and industry for excellence in the use of women-owned small businesses as prime contractors and subcontractors.
· The Small Business Prime Contractor and Small Business Subcontractor of the Year, honoring small businesses that have provided government and industry with outstanding goods and services as prime or sub contractors.
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