Katy Lesser, owner of Healthy Living Market in South Burlington, was named the U.S. Small Business Administration's (SBA) 2010 Vermont Small Business Person of the Year.
Lesser was selected for outstanding leadership related to her company's staying power, employee growth, increase in sales, innovative ingenuity and contributions to the community.
Lesser's business is a full-service, natural and organic food store abounding with grocery, wine, cheese, local meats, organic produce, a caf , a bulk section, and natural health and beauty products. From humble beginnings in a 1,200 sq. ft. space with only one employee and average earnings of $300 a day, Lesser grew Healthy Living Market over a period of 23 years into a spacious, 33,000 sq. ft. market, a staff of 130 employees, and average daily sales of $50,000. Lesser's sales for 2009 were more than $17 million.
As Vermont's Small Business Person of the Year, Katy Lesser will compete for the national title at National Small Business Week ceremonies in Washington, D.C., May 23-25. Lesser will be locally honored by the U.S. Small Business Administration on June at a ceremony presented by Vermont Business Magazine at the Shelburne Farms Coach Barn in Shelburne.