Small Business Week Awards presented to area businesses

By: Julie Daniels, Communications Coordinator on May 26, 2015

The Tennessee Small Business Development Center (TSBDC-JSCC) of Jackson State Community College recognized the success of several small businesses as part of National Small Business Week in early May.

Receiving awards were …

• Spa Vita, Jackson, owned by Amanda Schrupp: Outstanding Start-Up Business.

• Samuel T. Bryant Distillery, Jackson, owned by Sam Bryant: Outstanding Emerging Business.

• Southern Chic Spatique, Henderson, owned by Stacey Ingold: Outstanding Business for Job Creation.

• Better Business Resources, LLC, Adamsville, owned by Robby Stadinger: Outstanding Existing Business Fastest Growth.

“These awards prove that small businesses in our area are successful,” said Ron Acree, director of the local TSBDC. “These clients have listened and applied business advice from our center, even exceeding their own expectations in some cases.”

One such case is Southern Chic Spatique in Henderson. Ingold had no idea she would create so many jobs when she opened her business. Through planning and help from the small business center, her business has reached beyond her dreams, creating 12 jobs, she said.


Ron Acree, TSDC; Samuel Bryant, owner, Samuel T. Bryant Distillery; and Joel Newman, TSBDC and Small Business Development Center.

Acree and Joel Newman, senior small business specialist with the TSBDC, selected the award winners based on their performances.

The local small business development center, housed at Jackson Chamber’s West Tennessee Business Resource Center and part of the national Small Business Administration, has the mission to help small businesses succeed, Acree said.

“I really appreciate the advice received from Joel Newman and Ron Acree,” said Bryant, distillery owner. After a successful Business After Hours in May, and a preview of the distillery, it will open at the end of June off of Lower Brownsville Road. Bryant’s background is in chemical engineering and working with his family’s tree business.

Amanda Schrupp, center, holds the Small Business Award she received for her new company, Spa Vita. With her, from left, Ron Acree with the local Tennessee Small Business Development Center (TSBDC); Spa Vita employees: Rebbecca Force and Layne Petty, Amanda Schrupp (owner); Joel Newman, TSBDC; and Ginger Bailey of Spa Vita.

Spa Vita in Jackson has been in business for one year. “Hard work, prayers and the support of friends, family and clients made winning this award possible,” says Schrupp. “This has been the best year of our lives, and winning this award tops off our wonderful experience. We look forward to the many years to come.”

TSBDC offers a variety of free services to help any start-up or existing small business. Services include free business counseling and support and information ranging on creating business plans, understanding cash flow projections, applying for business loans, and other topics.

SBA was created as an independent agency of the federal government in 1953. 

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