Putnam County woman recognized as National Small Business Person of the Year

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The U.S. Small Business Administration has recognized a Putnam County small business owner as the National Small Business Person of the Year Award.

Jill Scarbro-McLaury owns Bright Futures Learning Services in Winfield, a learning center providing behavioral treatment for children with autism. Scarbro-McLaury is the first West Virginian to receive the honor of being the country’s small business person of the year. The agency has invited her to an honorary event at the White House.

“This award validates that taking care of people is always the right thing to do,” she said. “Bright Futures exists to serve marginalized children and their families. By serving them, we help keep more young West Virginians home and we provide jobs for the best kinds of humans, the helping kind.”

The agency named Scarbro-McLaury the 2022 West Virginia Small Business Person of the Year in April and the West Virginia Woman-Owned Small Business of the Year in 2019.

The Small Business Administration presented the award during National Small Business Week, an annual occurrence since 1963.

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