Owner of North Dakota software company wins Small Business Person of the Year award

WASHINGTON (Gray DC) -- Years of hard work and dedication are paying off Eric Mauch.

His software development business, Razor Consulting Solutions, Inc., based in Watford City, N.D., – has grown to 50 people in just five years.

Small Business Administrator – Linda McMahon – honored him Monday with the Small Business Person of the Year award for North Dakota.

“It’s really exciting and a really great experience," said Mauch.

The SBA is an agency he’s worked closely with to help grow.

“Not only have they connected with people across the state and the right resources, but recently we received our 8(a) certification...and the people at SBA were instrumental at making that happen," said Mauch.

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’ve already met several businesses I’ll be making contact with when I return," said Mauch. "Also, some of the individuals presenting are very high profile, and it’s fantastic getting that exposure to those individuals.”

The awards are part of National Small Business Week, which continues through May 6.

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