Grandmother, granddaughter leadership leads local manufacturer to recognition for their unique entrepreneurial journey
Hagerstown, Md. (May 6, 2016) – The Washington County Department of Business Development is pleased to announce Bikle Manufacturing, Inc. has received a Small Business Week Award through the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Baltimore District office.
“I am very humbled to receive this award. My late grandfather built a great company and left a strong legacy but sadly, a series of unfortunate events happened during that season which were slowly destroying the company. Pap believed in me and I was confident I could turn it around,” said Joanie Cooper-Gerber, president, Bikle Manufacturing.
“We want to build a base of government contracting to help federal and state contracting offices fulfill their Women-Owned Small Business set aside requirements. I want to give back to the community with manufacturing internships, community support and be a proud partner in the Smithsburg community. I am grateful for this recognition that will help us accomplish these goals."
Each year, the President of the United States declares National Small Business Week to celebrate the contributions of the small business community to the nation’s economy. The SBA holds the annual awards competition to recognize outstanding small business owners and their advocates. National Small Business Week activities are May 2-6.
District winners will be honored at the 32nd Annual Maryland Small Business Week Awards Luncheon June 15 at Martin’s West in Woodlawn, Md. For information on the 2016 Maryland Small Business Week Awards Luncheon or for tickets, visit the event website at www.mdsbwawards.org.
In business since 1971, Bikle Manufacturing specializes in machine tool rebuilding and retrofitting with computer numerical control precision machining and fabrication.
Earlier this year, Bikle Manufacturing, Inc. joined the ranks of 31 other Washington County small businesses certified as woman and minority owned organizations.
For more information, contact Public Relations and Community Affairs Manager James Jenkins at 240-313-2384.
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