MILLIGAN — Local business Slezak Ag & Natural Resources has been chosen as a winner of the 2017 American Small Business Championship hosted by SCORE, the nation’s largest network of volunteer, expert business mentors, which is supported by Sam’s Club.
The Championship awarded this title to 102 entrepreneurs for their dedication to the success of their small businesses. The American Small Business Champions will each receive a $1,000 Sam’s Club gift card, an all-expense-paid trip to a training and networking event, SCORE mentoring and publicity throughout the year.
Slezak Ag & Natural Resources earned the title of American Small Business Champion by submitting an online application describing the most unique aspect of their small business that has contributed to their success, their positive impact on the community, and their plans to use the prizes to grow their business.
Nominations that garnered at least 100 votes were then presented to a judging panel of small business experts that determined the winners.
Slezak Ag & Natural Resources broadened their offerings to Trees2Products, providing custom saw mill services to utilize the sustainable wood resource in Fillmore County and surrounding areas. Owner Kim Slezak, certified forester, explained that as trees are removed for ag growth “and as our town and village tree canopies age, replacement trees need to be planted. We are so grateful to receive this recognition for the obstacles we are struggling through as a small business and diversified family farm. Thank you to our wonderful community both locally and online for supporting us and helping us succeed.”