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    The SBA awarded Kiran Gill, president of PARS Environmental, as New Jersey's Small Business Person of the Year.
    The SBA awarded Kiran Gill, president of PARS Environmental, as New Jersey's Small Business Person of the Year. - (NJBIZ file photo)

    It was a time to celebrate for the U.S. Small Business Administration and its members on Tuesday, as the organization named its New Jersey award winners as part of Small Business Week.

    The honorees were led by 2014 New Jersey Small Business Person of the Year Kiran Gill of PARS Environmental Inc., a full-service environmental consulting firm based in Robbinsville.

    “I believe that as a small growing firm you can’t offer the same thing everyone else is offering,” Gill said in a news release. “You have to diversify and open yourself to more opportunities in different areas.”    

    Since Gill took over for her father as the owner of the business, it has grown to 50 employees and has annual sales of $13 million, the SBA said in the release.

    “It is clear that from Day One Kiran Gill has had a vision for PARS Environmental Inc.,” SBA’s New Jersey District Director Al Titone said. “Like most successful entrepreneurs, she’s not interested in the status quo. You won’t find Kiran Gill in a comfort zone; she is about pushing the boundaries with the idea of achieving the next level of success for her company.”

    Gill was a member of the NJBIZ Best 50 Women in Business for 2014 and the NJBIZ Forty Under 40 for 2013.

    The SBA also honored Eduardo Guzman, the owner of Camden-based DCM Architecture & Engineering, as its 2014 New Jersey Minority Small Business Person of the Year. DCM, a design, construction and management company, has battled back since the economic downturn of 2008 to regain its successful footing.

    “Eduardo Guzman and DCM Architecture & Engineering were literally on the brink of bankruptcy,” Titone said.  “This award is a tribute to Eduardo Guzman’s passion, perseverance and his commitment to keeping the American dream alive. It certainly explains DCM Architecture & Engineering’s current success.”

    Another honoree was Glenn Van Etten, chief operating officer of Brighton Cromwell, who was named 2014 New Jersey Small Business Exporter of the Year. Van Etten’s Randolph-based company is a supply chain integrator that provides motor vehicle parts to the defense industry.

    “In 2013, New Jersey companies exported $36 billion in goods and services throughout the world,” Titone said.  “This is a global economy and small business owners like Glenn and Rob Van Etten who embrace it, are finding success and growth beyond U.S. borders.”

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    Finally, the SBA named Marotta Controls its 2014 Regional Subcontractor of the Year for Region II. The Montville-based engineering and manufacturing business produces motion and flow control systems and components for the defense, government and aerospace industries.

    “Marotta Controls is a prime example of how small businesses contribute innovation and technology to many of the thousands of products that are purchased by the U.S. government each year,” Titone said. “It’s a testimony to the Marotta family that for over 70 years they have been able to maintain such a high standard of quality in the products that they design and manufacture.”

    Titone added that Marotta Controls was nominated by Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Controls. Region II includes New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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    Eric Strauss

    Eric Strauss

    Eric Strauss is the digital content editor for NJBIZ. He has been a reporter and editor for newspapers in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, as well as for a number of websites. You can contact him at erics@njbiz.com or @acerimrat on Twitter.

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