It started out five years ago with $200 and ideas from four Brigham Young University alumni. Today, DYNIX Inc., Provo, a library automation systems company, proj-ects 1988 sales of $15 million in the United States and several foreign countries.
That success earned Paul Sybrowsky, DYNIX president, the 1988 Small Business Person of the Year Award. For his efforts he will go to Washington, D.C., next week to compete with winners from the other states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.Sybrowsky was recognized Tuesday during the annual Small Business Advisory Council awards luncheon in the Little America Hotel and received an engraved plaque.
In presenting the award, R. Kent Moon, Utah district director of the Small Business Administration, said DYNIX now has 100 employees in the United States and 30 others in Canada, Australia, New Zealand and England who service the 200 client libraries.
Other awards went to:
-Connie Hansen, general manager of Burrell's Press Clipping Service, Provo, named women in business advocate for supervising a staff of 237 employees, many of whom are people who didn't think they were employable.
-Thomas R. Haraldsen, editor and staff writer for the Davis County Clipper, named media advocate for small business for his stories about small businesses.
-Joe F. Lyman, owner of Cedar Mesa Pottery, Blanding, San Juan County, who started out with four employees in 1981 and now employs 60, many of whom come from the Navajo Indian Reservation.
-Peter D. Meldrum, president and chief executive officer for Native Plants Inc., Salt Lake City, named exporter of the year. He started with one employee in 1973 and now has more than 450 employees. Meldrum has organized international affiliate corporations in Asia, South American and Europe, and the company now has a sales volume of $25 million.
-Kenneth H. and Marlene Matheson, owners of Kencraft Inc., Alpine, Utah County, received an advisory council award for their entrepreneurial spirit for starting their candy company in 1969 with one employee and now employing 140.
-Roger Pusey, Deseret News business writer, received the District Director's Award as "being a friend to small business" for his fairness in reporting small business issues.
Speakers at the luncheon were Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, Lt. Gov. W. Val Oveson and Gilbert Cisneros, SBA district administrator.
Hatch said that in the past few years 13 million jobs have been created and the majority of those were in small business.
In recent months, the senator said, the Senate managed to stave off attempts to pass legislation that would be disastrous to small business. He said some of the items that would be mandated on small business "would put entrepreneurship at risk."
An increase in the minimum wage, Hatch said, would result in 13,000 Utahns losing their jobs because the employers could no longer afford to keep them. Such a situation would put minorities out of work the people a raise in the minimum wage is supposed to help.
Oveson talked about the nine conferences he held recently in various parts of Utah when businesspeople had a chance to say what should be done to help business. He said many of the ideas already are being implemented.
Cisneros paid tribute to Peter Cooke, a member of the Utah Small Business Advisory Council, and to Moon, whom he said is one of the most active district directors in the United States at promoting small business.