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Bismarck Entrepreneur Named 2012 Small Business Person of the Year

Congratulations Heather Jones!


The U.S. Small Business Administration has named Bismarck Entrepreneur Heather Jones, CEO of City Air Mechanical, the 2012 North Dakota Small Business Person of the Year.

Jones has over a decade of experience in operating one of the largest full service Design-Build-Maintain Mechanical Construction companies in North Dakota. City Air Mechanical opened its doors in 1999 and has grown at an average rate of 20% annually crediting Jones’ strong commitment to solid product delivery, growth strategies and financial stability. She is a certified woman owned business and the only woman owned Mechanical Construction Company in the state of North Dakota. She is a business woman of great depth and wisdom that has earned her place as a leader in her industry and the state.

The SBA nominees are judged on seven basic criteria: growth in number of employees, staying power, increase in sales, financial performance, product innovation, response to adversity and contributions to the community.

“This is the highest honor bestowed by SBA each year in celebration of the outstanding achievements, challenges and contributions of our small businesses,” said Deb Eslinger, executive director of Center for Technology & Business (CTB). CTB operates the women’s business center for North Dakota and nominated Jones for the award.

“Heather’s commitment to exceptional products and stellar customer service echoes throughout her company. Her detailed plan for strategic growth coupled with her drive for financial success provide a clear vision for the future of City Air Mechanical. She is an exceptional and well respected leader and a smart business woman.” Eslinger added.

Small Business Person of the Year winners from 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Guam will converge on Washington, D.C. in May, when one of them will be selected as National Small Business Person of the Year during the SBA's celebration of National Small Business Week, May 20-22.

The participating state small business winners represent a broad range of business products, services and innovations. While in D.C., the winners will have opportunities to meet with top administration officials, congressional representatives and national business leaders. The highlight of the celebration will come when one of them is named National Small Business Person of the Year. Jones will represent North Dakota during this event.

A complete list of all award winners is available on the National Small Business Week Web site at