(Fargo, N.D.-April 3,2014) The U.S. Small Business Administration announced Dean Atchison, Owner and CEO of Spectrum Aeromed, will represent North Dakota as this year’s Small Business Person of the Year.

“It’s our privilege to honor these outstanding small businesses,” said Matt Varilek, SBA Region VIII Administrator. “We hope this well-deserved recognition from the Small Business Administration will call attention to their success and inspire more people in North Dakota to pursue their own entrepreneurial dreams.”

This is the 3rd award honoring Dean Atchison and Spectrum Aeromed in the past year. In August Spectrum Aeromed made the Inc 500/5000 Fast Growing Companies for the third year in a row and in February Spectrum Aeromed was honored a 2014 U.S. Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year Blue Ribbon Award.

According to Atchison, “I am very honored to be acknowledged as the North Dakota Small Business Person of the Year and attribute the success of Spectrum Aeromed to our dedicated employees. It’s great to not only represent our state and the company but also manufacturers and the aerospace industry.”

Small Business Person of the Year winners from the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam will gather in Washington during National Small Business Week where one of them will be selected as the 2014 National Small Business Person of the Year. While in Washington the winners will have opportunities to meet with top SBA officials and national business leaders.

Each year since 1963, the president has issued a proclamation calling for the celebration of National Small Business Week. SBA recognizes outstanding small business owners for their personal successes and contributions to the U.S.


Spectrum Aeromed is a leading global designer and manufacturer of custom air medical and air ambulance equipment for fixed and rotor wing aircraft. The company is qualified to produce specialized life support solutions for air, ground and marine support applications. Spectrum Aeromed holds more than 60 Supplemental Type Certificates (STCs) covering more than 400 models of aircraft. Spectrum Aeromed is headquartered in Fargo, ND with a 17,000-square-foot manufacturing facility. For more information, visit www.spectrum-aeromed.com.