(l to r) Dr. Richard Carpenter, chancellor, Lone Star College System; Jerry Hays and David Vaughan, owners of Kwik Kopy Business Center in Spring, TX; and Dr. Lawrence Brandyburg, VP of instruction and student services Lone Star College-University Park.
Kwik Kopy Business Center in Spring, Texas has been named a winner of the 2013 Small Business of the Year Award. This award was one of six presented by The Lone Star College System Small Business Development Center Advisory Council.
The winners were honored Thursday, Nov. 14, at the SBDC Advisory Council’s 27th Annual Small Business of the Year Awards Banquet held at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott. This year’s awards were sponsored by BBVA Compass Bank.
Kwik Kopy has served the fast-growing Northwest Harris County area since 1975, and has been under current ownership since 1994. The business has been a consistent award winner, locally and through the franchise, since 2001. In 2003, they were named Franchisee of the Year by the International Franchise Association (IFA).
Jerry Hays and David Vaughan, their wives, Susan and Rikki, along with their entire staff, were honored as the top winner in the 2012 print center sales contest at the recent 2013 ICED Conference in Cypress, Texas. The Kwik Kopy added a Parcel Plus franchise to their Kwik Kopy brand in 2002, further enhancing the services offered to their clients. Kwik Kopy and Parcel Plus are two of the seven international franchises under the ICED umbrella.
Serving as Peer Consultants for several of the franchise brands in the ICED family, Hays and Vaughan assist new franchisees with their business launch, or those franchisees needing extra help. They are active participants in peer focus groups, and gladly share their assistance and business acumen with their fellow franchisees.
Locally, they host a Lunch & Learn event each month at an area restaurant benefitting Home of Hope, which was established to provide a place of refuge and safety for adolescent victims of human trafficking. They are also active members of several business groups in the area.
Dr. Richard Carpenter, LSCS chancellor, welcomed the audience of some 350. “Small businesses are truly an integral part of the fabric of the community they serve,” said Dr. Carpenter. “The six winners who were named from a prestigious list of 18 finalists are a testament to the important role of small businesses in the local economy.”
Each year, the LSCS SBDC Advisory Council recognizes successful small businesses that make an impact in the local community. More than 200 nominees were gathered from the community and narrowed down to the 18 finalists. The finalists were selected by the 18 members of the advisory council based on leadership, entrepreneurial spirit, business growth, and contribution to the community.
“We are proud to support all small business owners and help them continue to contribute to the economic vitality of their community and to evolve to the next level,” said Sal Mira, executive director of the SBDC.
The LSCS SBDC works with companies to help them grow and compete in today's global economy. SBDC services are available for companies in every phase of the business life cycle, helping entrepreneurs make sound decisions and succeed. With a total enrollment of 90,000, Lone Star College System is the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area and the fastest-growing community college system in the nation.
Jay Groot, president of five of the six brands under the ICED umbrella, praised Hays and Vaughan for their contributions to the franchise system. “Jerry and David are valuable members of our franchise. I turn to them frequently to discuss new concepts and ideas, and I’m grateful for their honesty and willingness to help.”
Groot went on to say, “I’m very pleased that the Lone Star College System saw recognized the efforts of this great Kwik Kopy Business Center team. They are an amazing bunch. Congratulations to them all.”