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Outstanding Local Business Award Recipients for August 2021

August’s list is comprised of five outstanding local businesses who are being recognized for their contribution to their customers, clients, and the local community.

By: Sylvia Slezak | Aug 2021


Services provided by these businesses include concrete leveling, custom blinds, foundation repairs, court reporting, personal attendant, Medicaid-funded programs, private care, and an online marketplace for: surplus, new, and pre-owned machine tools, industrial equipment & machinery, electrical and power equipment.

A-1 Concrete Leveling & Foundation Repair Minneapolis - Elk River, MN

Fully insured industry leader in technology and price, A-1 Concrete Leveling Minneapolis fully restores and repairs concrete with a proven patented concrete lifting technology. Owner Fred Vandeventer and the team are dedicated to delivering unequaled results. Through every step of the process, their focus is on customer experience. Highly trained in concrete leveling, the A-1 Concrete Leveling Minneapolis team knows why concrete settles and how best to fix it. The company specializes in commercial and residential concrete leveling, foundation repair, mud jacking and caulking that includes repairs to driveways, sidewalks, patios, porches, floors, and steps. Services extend to the greater Minneapolis Minnesota area.

B&D Custom Blinds - Tucson, AZ

A division of B&D Install, Inc. and a family-owned small business in Tucson, B&D Custom Blinds started out as a husband-and-wife team in May of 1999. Owners, Brian (GM-Sales) and Deanna (Office Manager) Lescarbeau still own and operate the business that has grown beyond a two-person team. They have become Tucson Arizona’s specialists in Hunter Douglas window treatments, providing sales, installation, and repairs. B&D Custom Blinds is bonded, licensed, and insured with an inventory consisting of beautiful blinds, shades, shutters, drapery, valances, and motorized window treatments. The company installs blinds, shutters, verticals, and all types of window coverings on all surfaces. There is a wide variety of styles and options to choose the best blinds based on taste, budget, and lifestyle.

Pittsburgh Reporting Service - Pittsburgh, PA

A court reporting firm located in the heart of the city of Pittsburg, Pittsburgh Reporting Service covers depositions throughout Western Pennsylvania and Northern West Virginia. The firm’s professional court reporters, videographers, and staff have over thirty years of experience in the court reporting industry. Michelle Hall established Pittsburgh Reporting Service in 2008. In addition to being the owner of PRS, she is a Registered Merit Reporter, past Secretary of DepoSpan, a member of the National Court Reporters Association (NCRA) and the Pennsylvania Court Reporters Association (PCRA) for more than thirty years. Ms. Hall has done broadcast captioning and is a real-time writer specializing in patent infringement and technical terminology. The PRS firm specializes in medical and technical depositions, patent infringement, services court reporting and legal videography. Services include real-time reporting, rough ASCIIs/CD-ROMs, electronic transcripts with electronic signatures, PDF transcripts with search capabilities and hyperlinked exhibits, PTZ Bundles with hyperlinked exhibits, condensed transcripts, key word indexing, text synchronization, time stamping, videography, video-transcript-exhibits synchronization, and remote depositions via Internet.

Pride PHC Services, Inc. - San Antonio, TX

Established by Lucinda L. Cruz, RN, in 1999 and locally-owned and operated, Pride PHC Services, Inc. is a San Antonio Texas-based corporation providing support services that allow individuals to remain safe and independent. Pride PHC also provides information at community activities that include health fairs, volunteerism and financial support to local and national charities. Co-founder and President of Pride PHC Services, Inc., Lucinda (Cindy) Cruz, RN, has been a registered nurse since 1965. As the acting Administrator/CEO, she continues to direct the corporate daily operations, and was recognized by the Alamo Area Home Care Council as the Home Care Hero of 2014.

Growing up in a household of a medical doctor and registered nurse, it was natural for Andres (Andy) Cruz to learn about caring. Andy is a graduate of the University of Texas at San Antonio (BA in Psychology, BA in English Literature with a Minor in Marketing), and holds the position of Alternate Administrator/CFO and Director of Community Care at Pride PHC. In 2003, Andy took his business and professional experience to Pride PHC where he shares his mother’s vision of providing quality care, while supporting local and national charitable organizations as they strive for disease cures and provide resources for the infirm and growing senior population. Andy Cruz was recognized by the Alamo Area Home Care Council as the Home Care Hero of 2019.

Scope of services include: Personal Attendant Services - routine, ongoing care for a loved one at their home or independent living center; Medicaid-funded Programs - working with various programs to help maintain the independence of a loved one; and Private Care - customized services that are managed and directed by the client or the authorized advocate of the client.

Surplus Record LLC - Chicago, IL

Founded by Thomas P. Scanlan and family owned, Surplus Record Machinery & Equipment Directory is the world’s leading online marketplace for surplus, new, and pre-owned machine tools, industrial equipment & machinery, electrical and power equipment in the United States. As a small business based out of Chicago, Illinois, Surplus Record has remained a champion for machinery dealers across North America, helping thousands of Capital Equipment Dealers and individual sellers connect with end-user buyers to sell their machinery and equipment. Surplus Record serves as a marketing platform to help a wide range of businesses, from large global machinery dealers to small mom-and-pop shops with only a few motors to sell.

What started in 1924 as a monthly catalog has grown to become the only publisher in the U.S. for machinery and equipment sales — plus an online marketing platform for individuals and companies to list machinery for sale. The company’s monthly-printed 752-page directory has even been referred to as “the bible of the used and surplus capital equipment industry.” Online postings were included in the 1980s and online auctions started in 1999. More than twelve hundred sellers of machinery & equipment list over ninety thousand industrial assets such as metalworking and fabricating machine tools, chemical and process equipment, cranes, air compressors, pumps, motors, circuit breakers, generators, transformers, and turbines. showcases thousands of incredible businesses in more than 300 industry categories that are located in over 100 major U.S. cities. The Outstanding Local Business Award (OLBA) is given to locally-owned and operated businesses in recognition of their services to the local community and have met all of the Criteria listed on

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