New Mexico small businesses honored for exemplary work
April 04, 2018 06:20 AM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Two woman-owned businesses are representing New Mexico in a national competition.
Stride Inc. and Poston & Associates have been named 2018 American Small Business Champions by SCORE, a nonprofit that helps entrepreneurs succeed.
“I was pretty blown away, I mean it's such an honor,” said Stephine Poston, Owner of Poston & Associates. Poston’s business is a communications firm that focuses on helping Native American organizations tell their stories.
“We all know our trials and tribulations of suicide and substance, but there's so much more going on in Indian country,” said Poston. “There are PHD's, there are dentists, there are doctors, there are attorneys, there are people preserving their language, there are so many stories to be told and it's all about changing that narrative about who native people are through public relations and marketing.”
Kerry Bertram is the President and CEO of Stride Inc. Her mother, Barbara Brennan founded the company 37 years ago so that people with special needs would have a place to work. Brennan’s third-born child was born with a disability and died just before his 8th birthday.
“He kind of took our family in a direction of working with people with special needs,” said Bertram.
Stride Inc. packages and manufactures office supplies. Bertram says Office Depot is their biggest customer, and they work with Staples, Walmart and Amazon too. They have 16 total employees, and eight of them are adults with special needs.
"Employment rates of people with disabilities is exceeding 30 percent," said Bertram.
"They're a wonderful bunch of workers and a lot of people will never give them a chance," said Brennan.
They were awarded for providing economic opportunities for underserved populations in the metro. As part of the award, both of the local business owners are taking a free trip to a training and networking event and will go on to compete for one of three $15,000 prizes.
It’s an opportunity for growth and exposure that benefits their local employees and clients the most.
“We have employees that come in and say, 'thank you for the job,' every day,” said Bertram. “That's a wonderful thing to hear.”
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