Marine-engine dealers win small-business award

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Nathan and Jim Tynan of Windward Power Systems of West Wareham, Mass., recently received the U.S. Small Business Administration's 2011 Massachusetts Micro-Enterprise Award.

The Micro-Enterprise Award is presented annually to a person who founded, owns and operates a business (with at least a three-year track record) with five or fewer employees who received assistance through SBA loan programs or as a client of SBA technical service providers.

Founded in 2006 by Jim and his son Nathan, Windward Power is a marine diesel engine sales, service and parts facility that covers all of New England. It is an authorized dealer for Caterpillar marine engines, Westerbeke marine engines and generators and Northern Lights.

Windward Power Systems received the Seed Corp's "Startup Business of the Year Award" in 2009.

"Nathan and Jim Tynan are a phenomenal example of the entrepreneurial spirit at work, having survived both economic and personal challenges over the past several years," Massachusetts SBA district director Bob Nelson said in a statement.

The Tynans and other 2011 small-business award winners will be honored May 26 at an awards luncheon.

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