The 2016 Award Winners

The winners of the Working Forward Small Business Awards used their prizes to grow their businesses and better their communities.


Cliff's Carpet One - Latrobe, PA

Owners: Kristy and Kevin Ridilla
Business Plans: Rebrand their business to "Cliff's Flooring Solutions" to more accurately reflect the many floor coverings offered by the business.
Community Plans: Donate funds to a local center that helps babies born addicted to drugs. The center provides support, care and counseling for the babies and their mothers.


Cincinnati Transmission Specialists - Cincinnati, OH

Owner: Richard Lamping
Business Plans: Provide new equipment and training to staff and technicians to help stay ahead of advances in technology.
Community Plans: Donate funds to The Lamplight of Hope, which raises money and necessities for families affected by illness, disability and other hardships. The donation will further help the organization's goal of establishing a resource storehouse with medical equipment and household goods available to families in need.


Country Stitches - East Lansing, MI

Owners: Anita Covert, Ann Covert Fuller and Brian Ladson
Business Plans: Improve their sewing business's website and social media presence to keep up with rapid changes in digital commerce.
Community Plans: Support an annual project that provides quilts for the homeless and veterans. The quilt project also helps refugee women in the community learn how to sew, a skill that can help them provide clothing for their families and build self-esteem.


Downtown Auto Specialists - Spokane, WA

Owner: Ken Wanless
Business Plans: Purchase equipment and provide training for employees to keep up with rapid changes in the industry; as well as remodel the store's waiting and reception area to reflect the business's dedication to state-of- the-art technology.
Community Plans: Establish a scholarship fund for children of fallen service members from a nearby military base that would allow them to learn a skilled trade, such as auto repair or plumbing.


Bryson City Bicycles - Bryson City, NC

Owner: Diane Cutler
Business Plans: Establish an e- commerce platform that enables online shopping for customers.
Community Plans: Purchase and donate a fleet of mountain bikes for the local high school, where many families cannot afford bicycles, as part of an outdoor recreation program.


NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Void where prohibited. The Working Forward Small Business Awards is open to small businesses whose principal place of business is in the 50 United States, D. C., Puerto Rico or US Territories and that are enrolled as dealers in a Synchrony credit card program and accept such credit cards (each, a “Dealer”) as of September 24, 2017, with thirty (30) or fewer full-time, year-round employees. The Dealer’s account with Synchrony Bank must be in good standing at the time of entry and prize award for the Dealer to be eligible. Contest begins at 10:00 a. m. ET on 9/25/17 and ends at 11:59 p. m. ET on 10/30/17. Sponsored by Synchrony Bank. For Official Rules, visit synchronybusiness. com/awards.

1 $10,000 awarded in the form of a check to the winning Small Business allotted for growing the business, and $10,000 awarded in the form of a check to the winning Small Business to be used to better the surrounding community as outlined in entry.