The U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) 2012 Washington state Small Business Person of the Year is Marla Beck, founder and president of Andelcare.  Founded in 2003, in just nine years Beck has taken Andelcare from being a startup to a multimillion dollar company employing more than 100. 

Andelcare provides companionship, homemaking, personal care, nursing services, hospice care, nurse advocacy, and care management. Andelcare makes it possible for the elderly, the disabled, and adults recovering from surgery and disease to maintain as much independence as possible while continuing to live with dignity in the comfort of their own homes.

From amongst her peers, the SBA has chosen Beck as an exemplary representative of the small business community.  “Beck is a business owner who has exhibited staying power.  She continues to increase sales and create new jobs,” said Calvin Goings, Assistant Associate Administrator.  “As an innovator of products and services, Beck is continually expanding her marketplace.  She has demonstrated an outstanding ability to respond to adversity and the struggling economy while, at the same time, continues to contribute to her local community.”

“The SBA knows small business is America’s most powerful engine of opportunity and economic growth and, through our annual awards program, we recognize outstanding small business leaders.  Marla Beck is outstanding example of a smart and innovative business leader,” states Nancy Porzio, Seattle SBA District Director.

“The Small Business Person of the Year award validates all the long hours put into building my company,” states Beck.  “I’m being honored for creating a successful business that helps people care for the ones they love.  It’s wonderful to be recognized as a business leader but especially in the home care industry where we have become successful by following our core values of professionalism, consistency, integrity, compassion and quality.”

Beck and Andelcare are multiple award winners.  For excellence in the marketplace, the Better Business Bureau recognized Andelcare as the 2011 Western Washington Business of the Year.  Marla Beck was honored by the Puget Sound Business Journal as one of the 2011 Women of Influence.  Marla Beck and Andelcare are winners of the 2009, 2010, and 2011 Better Workplace Award from the Association of Washington Business; the Better Workplace Award recognizes Andelcare for setting the bar high for workplace safety, job training and advancement, and innovative benefit and compensation programs.

Small Business Person of the Year winners from 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Guam will converge on Washington, D.C. in May, when one of them will be selected as National Small Business Person of the Year during the U.S. Small Business Administration’s celebration of National Small Business Week, May 20-22.

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