Celebrate National Small Business Week

Gemini Janitorial Services is proud to be a small business with a large capacity to deliver quality services to our valued clients.

Please join us in recognizing the following SBA Delaware Small Business Award winners -- especially Don Chupp, President, Fireside Partners, who is also a valued Gemini Janitorial Services client.  We make their offices shine.

  • Joseph (Brad) Winemiller owner of Greenleaf Services Inc. in Wilmington, as Small Business Person of the Year.

Founded in 1992, this Disabled Veteran-owned business is a construction and landscaping firm. Assisted in part by an SBA loan, the firm has shown remarkable expansion in employment and profitability. Winemiller’s company specializes in the maintenance of Veteran Cemeteries in many states including Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, DC. “As a Veteran, there is no greater pride than to honor the nation’s fallen Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines, than maintaining their final resting place,” said Winemiller.


  • Robert A Rider, President and CEO of O.A. Newton in Bridgeville, as Small Business Exporters of the Year and Regional Exporter of the Year.

Founded in 1916 as a feed and chick business, this company has evolved and diversified in many directions. Today, in addition to being a primary supplier of feed mills, grain storage and rain handling equipment, they also provide irrigation equipment, PVC pipe and fittings to the Delmarva Peninsula. Their newest venture exports material control systems throughout North America, South America, Europe and Asia. They provide turnkey systems from design, customization and installation for the control and movement of resins and other materials.


  • Eli and Sher Valenzuela, owners of First State Manufacturing in Milford, as the 8(a) Graduate of the Year and the Regional and National 8(a) Graduate of the Year.

From humble beginnings, this company founded in 1998, has grown to one of the most successful manufacturers in the state. Providing quality upholstering and insulating services to the U.S. military and many commercial entities, they have earned a reputation for solving difficult problems with customized unique solutions. In the process they have saved the US taxpayer millions of dollars by providing on time delivery of services at well below the previous contractors cost. They also provide product to the Israeli military in the form of body armor.


  • Alisa Morkides, owner, Brew HaHa with 9 locations in New Castle County, as Woman Owned Business of the Year.

Inspired by premier espresso bars in Italy, Brew HaHa!’s series of unique cafes across the Brandywine Valley offer coffee lovers a boutique experience. The cafes offer a melding of Italian quality and downhome Delaware friendly service. Each café has its own individual look and feel, and every drink is special and treated with individualized attention.


  • Don Chupp, President, Fireside Partners, Dover and New Castle, as Veteran Owned Business of the Year.

Fireside is a leading provider of 24/7 asset tracking, emergency response service, and on-site support to some of the world’s best known brands. When not responding, Fireside is actively developing emergency response plans, training, and coordinating drills and exercises. Services include daily aircraft and private asset monitoring, worldwide weather and hazardous events reporting, diversion and coordination of in-flight medical support, post-accident investigative support, family notification and assistance, personal effects recovery and return, and resource coordination with local agencies. The company is presently positioned as an exclusive, confidential, and highly specialized service provider whose focus is protecting high visibility corporate assets, brand and reputation, and employees.


  • Garrett Grier, Managing Member, Milford Car Wash and Seaford Car Wash t/a Duck In Car Wash, as Young Entrepreneur of the Year.

With the assistance of an SBA backed 504loan and assistance from Margo reign at the Small Business Development Center, Garrett opened the Milford Car Wash at the age of 25. With steadily increasing sales he opened the Seaford Car Wash. Together the two locations have created more than 50 jobs, and Garrett feels it important to pay a living wage. Garrett is an officer on the Milford Town Council and the Central Delaware Chapter of Ducks Unlimited.


  • Juanita Beauford, Director, Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) in Newark, as Small Business Champion of the Year!

In her role at PTAC Juanita has assisted more than one thousand Delaware small businesses enter the federal contracting field. She and her staff hold frequent training events throughout the state for groups and individuals.


In the course of her 16 year history at PTAC, Juanita has come to be recognized as a National expert in the federal contracting field. She has served on the Board of the National association of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers for twelve years and has recently held the post of President.


Lender Awards:

Top Delaware SBA 7(a) Program Lender by Number of Loans: M & T Bank

Top Delaware SBA 7(a) Program Lender by Dollar Amount: Applied Bank

7(a) Combined Dollar Amount and Number of Loans: WSFS Bank


Small business success is critical to the ongoing creation of new opportunities.  Please celebrate entrepreneurs and small business owners this week by frequenting our local businesses and recognizing them during National Small Business week.