AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) - An Amarilloan was named the 2018 West Texas Small Business Person of the year by the U.S. Small Business Administration,
James Sanders is a Navy veteran who started STI Tools Inc. and invented a sprinkler removal tool that those with limited mobility can also use.
"We get nominations from all over West Texas, 71 counties," said Calvin Davis of the U.S. Small Business Administration. "James actually rose to the top as our top winner for all of West Texas, for small businesses."
The SRT Sprinkler Removal tool is sold in Ace Hardware stores, on Ebay and on Amazon.
SBA says the growth and product of STI Tools Inc. caught its eye.
"James represents the very best of America, the very best of entrepreneurship," said Sanders. "Number one, he is an entrepreneur. He's overcome many obstacles. He's persevered. And he's done things that will help people do things better, faster, and more efficiently."
SBA says its had more winners from the northern part of the Panhandle in the past 20 years than in any of the other districts.