Kiniry chosen Vermont Small Business Person of the Year

Kiniry chosen Vermont Small Business Person of the Year

Edward J Kiniry president and CEO of Tubbs Snowshoe Company, has been named Vermont Small Business Person of the Year for 1999 by the US Small Business Administration (SBA).

Kiniry is among the top small business persons — one from each state — who will be honored by the SBA at national ceremonies in Washington, DC, May 24-28. As the winner of the Vermont Small Business Person of the Year award, Kiniry could be named National Small Business Person of the Year at the White House Rose Garden ceremonies during the national event.

Kiniry, a native Vermonter and current resident of Shelburne, will be honor June 9th at an outdoor reception to be held at Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, a 2,200-acre resort with sweeping mountain views and Austrian heritage. The afternoon reception, to include a tour of the famous gardens, will be patterned after a “high tea” and will feature a variety of European specialties created by Trapp’s award-winning chefs.

Governor Howard Dean, MD., will present the inscripted plaques to the awardees.

“Tubbs Snowshoe’ is a classic Vermont small business success story,” said Patrick McGowan, SBA’s Regional Administrator for New England. “Ed Kiniry is an entrepreneur in the true sense of the word — daring, creative and innovative. He has taken risks, overcome hurdles and built Tubbs into a multi-million dollar operation.”

Tubbs Snowshoe is the leading manufacturer of lightweight aluminum, traditional wood and mold composite snowshoes in North America. Tubbs Snowshoes are sold via specialty outdoor, ski sporting goods retailers, mail order and Internet markets throughout the US, Canada, European and Asian countries. Tubbs Snowshoes currently holds three binding patents, and is the recipient of the first Industrial Design Society of America (IDSA)/Plastic News Award for best recreational products in 1998. Tubbs Snowshoes’ media coverage in 1998 exceeded 2.5 million Impressions. For information on Tubbs Snowshoe Company, call 800/882-2748, write 52 River Road, Stowe, VT 05672, or email:

Created by President Dwight Eisenhower in 1953 to help small businesses get started and grow, the SBA has delivered more than 18 million loans, contracts, counseling sessions, and other forms of assistance to small businesses. With direct and guaranteed business loan portfolio of more than $45 billion, SBA is the largest single financial backer of small businesses today. In Vermont, the SBA office is located at 87 State Street, Suite 205, Montpelier. Telephone, 828-4422; fax 828-4485; email:

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