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25 March 2014

Owners of Savannah-based TailSpin in the Running for National Small Business Person of the Year

Jusak Yan Bernhard and Jeffrey Allen Manley are the owners of TailSpin; a Savannah-based pet food and accessories store specializing in hypo-allergenic and natural pet foods and treats.

(TailSpin has two locations, including this one on Habersham Street in Savannah. Image courtesy TailSpin.com.)
Perhaps you've heard of TailSpin.

In Savannah, the pet store raised money for Jacob G. Smith Elementary School with a fall carnival and a costumed pet parade called the PAWrade. In Pooler, TailSpin teamed up with One Love Animal Rescue to host an adoption day for pets needing a home. And just last year, TailSpin organized the Woof Woof 5K run/walk to educate, raise awareness, and raise funds for pet cancer research and treatment.

With good reviews from customers, there can be little doubt that TailSpin serves the Savannah community well.

Monday, the United States Small Business Administration named TailSpin owners Jusak Yan Bernhard and Jeffrey Allen Manley Georgia's Small Business Person of the Year.

Bernhard and Manley were notified by SBA Assistant Administrator Fred Baldassaro who stated, "Your hard work, innovative ideas, and dedication to your community have helped you succeed. The SBA is pleased to recognize your achievements and your role in driving our nation's economic growth."

In May, the TailSpin owners will gather in Washington, DC, with the Small Business Person of the Year winners from the other 49 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam. While in Washington, the Small Business Person of the Year winners will have opportunities to meet with top SBA officials and national business leaders, before learning who will be selected as the 2014 National Small Business Person of the Year.

Each year since 1963, the president has issued a proclamation calling for the celebration of National Small Business Week. SBA recognizes outstanding small business owners for their personal successes and contributions to our nation.