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U.S. Small Business Administration Names Engenuity's Markie the 2008 Arizona Small Business Person of the Year
[Washington, D.C.- April 23, 2008] - In an announcement from the Office of the Small Business Administration, Engenuity Systems President, Tracy Markie, was informed that he was chosen as the 2008 Arizona Small Business Person of the Year.
Markie was invited to Washington, D.C. to represent the state of Arizona and his company, Engenuity Systems, during National Small Business Week, held from April 21 to April 23, 2008. The honorees were also invited to the White House and granted a special private audience with President George Bush.
President Bush issued a Proclamation stating, "During Small Business Week and throughout the year, we recognize the determination and ingenuity of America's workers and entrepreneurs who play a vital role in building a more prosperous future for our country." The President called small businesses "the backbone of the American economy" and praised the owners for "working hard to turn their dreams into enterprises."
The week's activities included an Opening Reception in the Diplomatic Reception Rooms at the U.S. Department of State, the National Awards Luncheon Honoring State Small Business Winners, a Congressional Reception, and culminated with a black-tie Champion Awards Winner Gala.
Engenuity Systems is one of an estimated 26.8 million small businesses in America, which represents 99 percent of all employers. Carving a niche in the building automation controls space is not an easy feat for a small enterprise, when the industry is populated with household names like Siemens, Honeywell and Hubbell.
Markie reflects on two tenets that often describe small business owners, "I never thought of myself as a "risk taker" in the generally accepted attributes of an 'entrepreneur'. I believe with the resources of the SBA and the APS AAAME program, we were able to identify risks as opportunities and then convert the opportunities into revenue." He continues, "As for being "lucky" - I am blessed with the support of my family and an extremely dedicated staff at Engenuity. I am a lucky man!"
About Engenuity Systems, Inc.
Engenuity Systems, Inc. is the world's largest distributor of networked control products and related peripherals. The company has been supplying products to the industrial control market and building automation industry since 1994 and currently offers more than 20,000 products from over 100 manufacturers. More information about the company's complete line of products can be found at www.engenuity.com
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