Switchback Owners Named VT Small Business Persons of the Year

By Joe Gullo

Published 03/21 2014 11:23AM

Updated 03/21 2014 06:16PM

MONTPELIER, Vt. -  The Small Business Administration (SBA) announced that the Switchback Owners are Vermont's Small Business Persons of the Year. 

A press release says owners Bill Cherry and Jeff Neiblum were awarded for growing their brewery, expanding the brand, increasing sales, employee growth, and contributing to their local community. 

“The SBA has had a long relationship with Switchback,” said Darcy Carter, SBA Vermont District Office Director. “He was able to achieve his dream of opening a brewery with an SBA loan and guidance from his friend Jeff. Over the next 12 years, Switchback obtained several more SBA loans to expand the brewery company, produce more ale and hire more employees.” 

Switchback started in 2002 and initially their products were only sold in kegs, but began bottling in 2012.

A press release says the other 2014 Vermont winners are Sidehill Farm as the Family-Owned Business of the Year, The Bees Knees as the Woman-Owned Business of the Year, Vermont Bean Crafters as the Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Grow Compost of Vermont as the Micro-Enterprise of the Year and Super Thin Saws as the Exporter of the Year.

Cherry and Neiblum will be recognized during the 2014 Vermont Small Business Awards Ceremony cohosted by Vermont Business Magazine from 4 to 7 p.m.  on June 17 at the Shelburne Museum Pizzagalli Center for Art and Education located in Shelburne, Vt. 

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