2015 SuccessA Kingman business was one of 12 in Arizona to receive an award for small business excellence. Martin and Nancy Villanueva, owners of Frozen Yogurt Island, were honored at the Arizona Small Business Development Center’s (AZSBDC) 2015 Success Award Ceremony on March 24 on the Senate Lawn at the Arizona State Capitol in Phoenix.

“It was an honor to learn that we received the award and that we were being recognized for all of our hard work, as well as the dedication of our exemplary staff,” said Nancy Villanueva, who was born and raised in Kingman. “We feel fortunate to have been able to represent Kingman and Mohave County with other outstanding small businesses in Arizona. We thank the Small Business Administration for all of their assistance.”

Each year, the AZSBDC Network honors Arizona businesses and entrepreneurs who have excelled in their business practices with the assistance of one of the Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) throughout the state. The Villanuevas were the only business owners from Mohave County to receive recognition from their work with the SBDC at Mohave Community College (MCC). MCC’s SBDC provides one-on-one confidential counseling to assist small business owners with new business start-ups or existing businesses that may want to expand or need guidance during challenges.

Nancy Villanueva said she attributed the business’s success to support from the community, MCC’s SBDC, and the SBA.

“We are passionate about what we do,” she said. “The SBDC regularly provides tips and techniques to help us grow our business. I’m not afraid to try. It doesn’t cost me anything to listen to their advice and that is a huge part of our success is with their help.”

The Villanuevas opened Frozen Yogurt Island at 3880 Stockton Hill Road in 2010 after two years of research to determine the best business fit for Kingman. The business has increased from two to six employees.  Since their opening, the business has grown to allow them to give back to the community through fundraisers.

MCC’s SBDC business analyst Lisa Card assisted the Villanuevas with effective marketing for the business’s Grand Re-Opening and social media techniques, Nancy Villanueva said. Since the success of Frozen Yogurt Island, the Villanuevas have opened Pit Stop Wingz at 777 W. Beale St., also with guidance from the SBDC.

“We are really proud of the Villanuevas, their passion, their enthusiasm, and their dedication,” said Card. “We love helping Mohave County’s small business owners to fulfill their dreams, while also making our communities a better place to live.”

For more information on MCC’s SBDC, go to www.mohave.edu/SBDC.