Warm N Cozy Quilting, a family business based in Columbia, Ill., has won the 2019 “Illinois Family-Owned Small Business of the Year” award from the Small Business Administration.
The SBA annually honors small businesses and small business advocates nationally, who are creating 21st-century jobs, driving innovation and increasing America’s global competitiveness. Warm N Cozy Quilting is located on South Main Street in Columbia, and run by the mother and daughter team of Debbie Chitty and Danielle Cyvas.
SBA Administrator Linda McMahon, in announcing this year’s Small Business of the Year recipients, has invited the winners from all 50 states to Washington, D.C., on May 5-6, where the 2019 National Small Business Person of the Year will be named.
Warm N Cozy Quilting offers fabrics, machine quilting services, classes, the Quilts of Valor group and more. It focuses on building relationships, and supporting its customers and community.
With its late 2018 expansion, the shop has become a HandiQuilter longarm machine retailer. It is also offering more fabrics, classes, additional services like sew days, and an area for their Quilts of Valor group to create quilts for veterans.
“We are here to improve the lives of our customers and our community,” Cyvas said. “We are focused on helping and impacting others in a positive way. One way we give back is by supporting our local veterans by being a certified Quilts of Valor (QOV) shop. In the two years we have supported QOV, our group has had the privilege of awarding 100 quilts to our veterans.”
Warm N Cizy was a client of the Illinois Small Business Development Center for the Metro East at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville,
“The SBDC strives on building relationships with entrepreneurs and existing small-business owners,” said SBDC Director Jo Ann Di Maggio May. “We are honored to share this fantastic news on Warm N Cozy’s success.
“The SBDC is extremely proud of Debbie and Danielle. They work hard to meet their customers’ needs, and this recognition shows that they are doing things properly. We look forward to supporting them as they continue to grow.”
PHOTO: The mother and daughter team of Debbie Chitty and Danielle Cyvas. (Photo from website)