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U.S. Small Business Administration Alaska District Selects 2014 Alaskan Small Business Persons of the Year

Anchorage Alaska:  The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is pleased to announce that Ginna and John Baldiviez, owners of House of Bread Anchorage, have been named the 2014 Alaskan Small Business Persons of the Year and will be honored as one of the nation’s top state small business winners in Washington D.C. May 15-16 for the National Small Business Week Awards celebration.

House of Bread Anchorage is one of eight bakery/café stores connected with the House of Bread franchise based out of San Luis Obispo, Calif. It opened three years ago in South Anchorage.

Since 1990, the Baldiviez's have made their mark on the Alaskan economy. It started with John and his partners opening the doors to Ditomaso's, a local produce wholesaler. It continued with John and Ginna operating The Mangy Moose Bed and Breakfast. They also promoted healthy eating options by creating The Alaska Carrot Company, the first local produce production facility. These days they continue their journey with more healthy options found in the simple, all-natural ingredients of the House of Bread Anchorage.

Ginna and John Baldiviez’s commitment to their community is as bountiful as the freshly-baked breads and other treats that the House of Bread Anchorage produces each and every day.  From mentoring high school students, to donating food and other items to a multitude of schools and organizations, the Baldiviez’s have proven to be caring and integral members of the Anchorage and Alaskan business landscape.

Regional Administrator Calvin Goings said, “Small businesses like House of Bread Anchorage have a tremendous impact on their communities.  We are pleased to recognize Ginna and John Baldiviez as the 2014 SBA Alaska Small Business Persons of the Year.”   

The SBA selects a Small Business Person of the Year for each of the 50 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam.  Winners are selected based on their staying power, growth in number of employees, increase in sales and/or unit volume, financial strength, innovation, response to adversity, and community contributions.  For more information about Small Business Week, go to:  www.sba.gov/smallbusinessweek.

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