WASHINGTON (Gray DC) -- Years of hard work and dedication are paying of for Ken Bellesine.
His business, Central Electropolishing Company, based in Anthony, Kan., has been around for 30 years. And it’s not going anywhere. His son and grandsons are all involved.
Small Business Administrator – Linda McMahon – honored him Monday with the Small Business Person of the Year award for Kansas.
“It’s just a marvelous thing to be that surprised," said Bellesine.
The SBA is an agency he’s worked closely with to help grow.
“They kept in contact with me throughout the build-up of my company. And they gave me information and contacts to go to," he said.
McMahon says small businesses are the engine of our economy.
“Small business is in a great place right now. There’s optimism in the country that there hasn’t been in a long time. We’re seeing more start-ups. Entrepreneurs are willing to take more risks as a result of this administration," said McMahon.
Like the president, McMahon is an entrepreneur herself.
“I know what it takes. I know the sweat equity it takes. I know the opportunities that need to present themselves," she said.
It’s not just McMahon these entrepreneurs can learn from.
“I’m awestricken by the people I’ve met," said Bellesine. "I like to listen to them and see what their ideas are.”
The awards are part of National Small Business Week, which continues through May 6.