2012-10-18 / Community

Business wins SBA award

NEWBERRY – Newberry-based company Northern Wings has been named the 2012 Michigan and the Midwest Region’s 8(a) Contractor of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration. Founder and Owner David Goudreau received the Michigan award at the Upper Great Lakes Summit in Marquette in September and the Midwest Regional award at the SBA National 8(a) Training, Business Matchmaking and Awards Ceremony event in Washington, DC on Oct. 10.

This year marks the 30th year that the SBA will recognize outstanding owners of minority small business for their individual achievements and contributions to our nation’s economy. Since 1983, the President of the United States has recognized the minority small business community’s contribution to the nation’s economy.

Goudreau started the company in a pole barn in Engadine, Mich. with two employees. Northern Wings Repair is now a modern manufacturing operation located in a 13,000 square foot facility and has grown to be an AS 9100 certified aerospace manufacturer, Certificated FAA Repair Station and stocking distributor of certified material and parts for commercial and military aircraft. Satellite sales offices are located in Brookfield, Wis.; Raleigh, N.C.; and San Jose, Calif. Northern Wings was certified into the SBA 8(a) program in 2007.

For more information on the program, contact Tom Vargo, lead business opportunity specialist at the SBA Michigan District Office at (313) 226-6075, ext. 253.

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