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Tom Salisbury, Small Business Administration Regional Administrator present HMC Performance Coatings CEO Amie Tripp-Bristol with the Kansas Small Business Person of the Year Award. Behind Tripp-Bristol his her husband and HMC co-founder Shawn Bristol. At far left is Jack Harwell with the Kansas Small Business Development Center at Johnson County Community College, and second from left is Michael McWhorter with SBA's Kansas City District Office.

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Best in the state: HMC Performance Coatings CEO receives state Businessperson of Year award from federal agency

A customer came to HMC Performance Coatings with a routine request: refurbish an antique bed frame. CEO Amie Tripp-Bristol said that a few days after the project headed out the door, she received a care package of baked goods, along with dog treats for the family Weimaraners. Tripp-Bristol also learned that the frame supported the woman’s childhood bed and she was utilizing the bed again — after being diagnosed with terminal cancer.

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