K9 Kibble of Kenosha is among the small business startups statewide being considered for “Emerging Small Business Person of the Year.”

In addition, Joanne Freitag of Parrish & Freitag, Paddock Lake, is a nominee for the “Financial Services Champion” honor from SBA Wisconsin for 2019.

The winners will be announced this month and recognized at the SCORE/SBA Wisconsin Small Business Awards Breakfast May 10 in Waukesha.

K9 Kibble LLC, was started by Nicole Centeno six years ago in an effort to find the right food for her dog’s food sensitivities.

In just five years, she and her husband have doubled the size of their Kenosha storefront and has moved the business into a newly purchased building.

K9 Kibble was nominated by Heather Lux of Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corp.

Freitag has volunteered her accounting and financial expertise on behalf of her firm with the Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corp. each week for the past nine years.

She provides free consultation to WWBIC’s clients, preparing them for loans, educating them on business structures, explaining financial statements and more.

Freitag was also nominated by Lux.

SCORE Southeast Wisconsin, a nonprofit organization and resource partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration, and the SBA’s Wisconsin District Office are co-hosting this annual award ceremony in conjunction with National Small Business Week, May 5-11.

The event will include keynote speaker Marie Moody, the founder and chairwoman of Stella & Chewy’s, a multimillion-dollar Wisconsin-based pet food company that now offers products in 5,000 stores across the country. The event also includes a series of workshops on such topics as workforce development, digital marketing and financing.

The business community is encouraged to attend in support of these award-winning businesses. For more information and to register, click here, or visit www.sewisconsin.score.org, and click on “SCORE/SBA Small Business Awards Breakfast May 10, 2019” under “Upcoming Events”.

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