The Abbi Agency has been named Nevada’s “Family Owned Business of the Year” for 2017 by the U.S. Small Business Administration. The Reno-based marketing and public relations firm will be honored during the 2017 SBA National Small Business Week luncheon May 4 at the Gold Coast Hotel in Las Vegas.
“We are grateful that the SBA has selected our family-owned company for this important award,” said Ty Whitaker, chief executive officer of The Abbi Agency. “This honor recognizes the creativity and hard work that our team members deliver to our clients every day.”
The Abbi Agency was launched by Abbi and Ty Whitaker in 2008 at the kitchen table in their Reno home and has grown to employ approximately 25 people. The agency has offices in Las Vegas, San Francisco, and New York in addition to its headquarters in Reno.
The Abbi Agency’s clients range from large technology companies and renowned international resorts to small and medium-sized local businesses. The firm provides fully-integrated public relations, creative, and digital marketing services, and has recently entered the realm of public affairs.
The award is meant to spotlight the best of small businesses in the state.
“National Small Business Week provides an opportunity for us to honor our local entrepreneurs for their hard work, innovative ideas, and dedication to community,” said Ben Raju, acting district director of the SBA’s Nevada District Office. “The honorees are prime examples of Nevada’s ingenuity and embody the spirit of why we celebrate National Small Business Week.”
The SBA also noted that The Abbi Agency is deeply involved in its local community with contributions that top $100,000 annually. The company helped lead the Biggest Little City Movement and the Regional Outreach Co-op that helps highlight the northern Nevada region in national media. Its founders also are active in Nevada business groups statewide, including nonprofits such as Sky Tavern, the Nevada Women’s Fund, and Entrepreneur’s Organization.
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Erin Meyering is the Communications Specialist at Carson Tahoe Health. She previously worked as the Associate Editor of edible Reno-Tahoe magazine. After graduating from the Reynolds School of Journalism in 2014, she avidly pursued making writing and designing her career. On top area freelancing, she enjoys spending time doing yoga and hiking with her 75-lb lab/boxer mix, Biscotti.