SBA honors trio of Eastern Panhandle businesses

July 01, 2012
  • Kimberley Beth Dole, left, owner of Dole Accounting Services, receives the 2012 Women in Business Champion Award from Karen Friel, acting director of the U.S. Small Business Administrations West Virginia district office.
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CLARKSBURG, W.Va. — Three small businesses in the Eastern Panhandle were recognized in June in local ceremonies as recipients of the 2012 U.S. Small Business Administration’s West Virginia Small Business Week awards program.

They also were honored at the annual awards celebration May 30 at the Waterfront Hotel in Morgantown, W.Va.

• 2012 Entrepreneurial Success Award: Michael P. and Peter M. McKechnie, Mountain View Solar, Berkeley Springs, W.Va.

Mountain View Solar is owned by Michael P. McKechnie, president, and Peter M. McKechnie, vice president. It installs solar systems for residential, commercial and municipal clients in West Virginia and surrounding states. The company has grown from five employees in 2009 to 20 today, and utilizes the services of several local contractors.

Mountain View Solar installed solar panels on the roof of the Morgan County Courthouse in Berkeley Springs and at American Public University in Ranson, W.Va., to help reduce energy costs.

The company began as a small construction firm in 1995. Its building technique incorporated energy-efficiency measures in the homes it constructed, which resulted in generally completing just a few residences per year. The company evolved into Mountain View Solar in 2009 and has experienced a growth rate of more than 1,100 percent.

• 2012 Jeffrey Butland Family-owned Business of the Year: Lyle C. Tabb & Sons LLC, Kearneysville, W.Va.

The family farm, purchased before the Civil War, was incorporated as Lyle C. Tabb & Sons in 1976.

The farm operates three diverse operations, said Lyle Tabb IV, the fifth generation of Tabbs to work on the family farm: grain crops such as corn and soybeans, using no-till planting and biodiesel-fueled equipment; livestock, with 500 head of Angus cattle fed on farm-grown feed; and organic recycling.

Manure collected from a nearby racetrack is composted and applied as fertilizer to fields to grow grain crops. Soil attached to tree stumps is separated and sold as sifted topsoil. Wood wastes such as lumber scraps and pallets are converted into other products such as mulch or livestock bedding.

Members of the Tabb family have been involved in presenting “Agriculture 101” to the Leadership Jefferson class for several years and are active in organizations such as the Jefferson County Agriculture Task Force.

Members of the Tabb family receiving the SBA award include Lyle C. Tabb III, president; Howard C. Tabb, vice president; Jane M. Tabb, secretary; Lyle C. Tabb IV, treasurer; and Virginia D. Tabb, assistant treasurer.

• 2012 Women in Business Champion Award: Kimberley Beth Dole, Dole Accounting Services, Martinsburg, W.Va.

Kimberley Dole founded Dole Accounting Services in 2006. The firm offers bookkeeping, accounting, payroll and tax-preparation services to individuals and small businesses.

Dole is active in the Professional Business Women’s Association, or PBWA, the National Association of Professional Women and Business Networking International.

As a member of the PBWA Management Council, she has been instrumental in building the visibility of the organization as an advocate for women-owned businesses. She created an e-newsletter to keep PBWA members informed of state and federal laws that might affect their businesses.

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