Owner of SD childcare center wins Small Business Person of the Year award

WASHINGTON (Gray DC) -- Years of hard work and dedication are paying off for Beth Hanna.

Her business, Building Blocks Childcare and Learning Center, based in Brandon, S.D., is now in its sixth year.

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

“To get to this point was just an honor," said Hanna.

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

“The amount of money needed to get started and go forward. Coming into this kind of business, we didn’t have 50% to put down, so they helped subsidize things for us," she 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. They’re giving advice to one another and sharing their love for what they do.

“When you have small businesses, you have owners and management directly involved," said Hanna. "My assistant and I are in it and live it day to day.”

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

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