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Watertown stable in high-stakes race

March 7, 2018 GMT

WAUKESHA — Highland Ridge Stables of Watertown is among nearly a dozen small business startups statewide being considered for “Emerging Small Business Person of the Year.”

The winner will be announced in late March and recognized at the 2018 SCORE/SBA Wisconsin Small Business Awards Breakfast on May 4 at the Milwaukee Marriott West in Waukesha.

Horse trainer and riding instructor Sarah McClintock launched the school in 2013 after years of teaching, training and competing.

SCORE Southeast Wisconsin, a nonprofit organization offering workshops and mentoring to startups and existing small businesses, and the Wisconsin district office of the Small Business Administration are co-hosting this annual awards ceremony in conjunction with Small Business Week, April 30-May 4.

The celebration of small business success in Wisconsin will include keynote speaker Carl Rick, leadership development specialist and third-generation spokesman for Kwik Trip. He will offer insight on the company’s growth, how to retain employees and share future plans for expansion. Following the ceremony, attendees are invited to attend a series of workshops including “Keeping Your Business Relevant in an Ever-Changing World,” “Integrating Small Business Digital Marketing to Engage Your Customers” and “Financing Small Business Growth — Sources, Tools, Benchmarks, Contacts.”

For more information and to register, visit the website at www.sewisconsin.score.org and click on “SCORE/SBA Small Business Awards Breakfast May 4” under “Upcoming Events.”

SCORE Southeast Wisconsin was founded in 1965 and has more than 70 members who counsel their clients toward achieving success whether they are operating within a startup or an existing business. SCORE mentors are volunteer executives and entrepreneurs who provide free, confidential counseling and client education through low-cost business training sessions, webinars, business templates and online resources. More information about SCORE can be found on the website.

SBA’s Wisconsin district office is responsible for the delivery of SBA’s programs and services to Wisconsin’s 445,000 small businesses. SBA maintains 68 offices around the U.S. with Wisconsin locations in Milwaukee and Madison.

The U.S. Small Business Administration was created in 1953 and is a Cabinet-level agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of the nation. The SBA helps Americans start, build and grow businesses. Through an extensive network of field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations, the SBA delivers its services to people throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam. To learn more about SBA, visit www.sba.gov.