SBA Names Small-Biz ‘Champions’

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Milford franchisee Runyan earns top honors

HARTFORD — Christopher R. Runyan, owner/president of Milford-based GameXChange has been named the U. "">. "">.mall Business Administration's 2013 valium "">.mall Business Person of the Year, "">.BA's top award.

Runyan started GameXChange in 2009 as a franchise retail store that sells, purchases and trades new and pre-owned electronic interactive gaming and other related entertainment hardware, software and accessories.

"">.ince opening his first store Runyan had opened five more stores in Connecticut — in Bridgeport, Wallingford, Waterbury, Branford and Orange. The Orange location was ranked sixth out of more than 50 > stores in revenues for 2012, in only its third year in operation. Runyan says the Connecticut employ 36 workers.

Other local SBA award winners:

• Kenneth E. Bryant of Bead Industries Inc. in Milford received the Jeffrey Butland Family-Owned Business of the Year award. Founded in 1914, Bead Industries developed and manufactured bead chain for electric light pulls. Using the same metalworking process, today it fabricates contact pins for the electronics industry.

• William Turner of APS Technology Advanced Products in Wallingford has received the Exporter of the Year Award. Advanced Products & Systems is a measurement while drilling, and logging while drilling (MWD/LWD) technology company.

• Gerald Clark of the Greater New Haven Business & Professional Association has received the Minority in Business Champion of the Year Award. As one of the founders of the GNHBPA in the early 1960s he has been a tireless advocate of small businesses in guiding them throughout the challenges small business owners face. Clark is also a former Business New Haven Minority Businessperson of the Year.

• Rose-Bednarz-Luglio of Gateway Community College is the Woman in Business Champion. She has volunteered her time as a SCORE counselor, a business owner, a sponsor for high school entrepreneurial programs that highlight women businesses, and in veterans business programs.

• Michael Thomas of ArchAngel Ventures, LLC in Milford is the Veteran in Business Champion. He is a strong advocate for veterans and has created a business model thru Subway that not only creates employment but training as well for franchise opportunities.

All award winners will be recognized at the Connecticut Small Business Week celebration June 5 at the Hartford Club in Hartford.

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