In honor of National Small Business Week, the University of Merced Small Business Development Center Regional Network awarded its “Outstanding Business of the Year” to World Wind & Solar (WWS), an energy service provider in the renewable energy sector. The award was announced at a special event recently in Fresno, CA.
“World Wind & Solar is receiving the Outstanding Business Award because the transformation, evolution and sustainability of this business is truly remarkable. The company is a model SBDC client by working closely with the consultant and utilizing the services of the Cal State Bakersfield SBDC,” according to a letter from the University of Merced Small Business Development Center Regional Network. “In addition, the company leadership has a strong commitment to the Tehachapi community by actively participating in numerous civic organizations.”
WWS was recognized last year as the “Energy Business of the Year,” and this year, was honored to represent both energy and renewable energy industries as overall Outstanding Business of the Year for the Central California region. If WWS also wins next year, the company gets to travel to Washington D.C. to meet the president.
“This is in honor of our business and commitment to advancing renewables. We were recognized last year in the Energy Business category, which includes oil and gas. Now, we’re proud to say we’re representing, and bringing attention to, the renewable energy sector as well,” said Nikki Cummings, President, World Wind & Solar. “This year’s award is the highest award given in the number one district for the entire Small Business Association so we’re very honored.”
The network which is honoring the Tehachapi, CA-based company provides entrepreneurs and small businesses with education, consulting, support for innovation, access to information and the tools necessary to build successful sustainable businesses. The UC Merced SBDC Regional Network assists Central California’s entrepreneurs and small business owners through one-on-one business consulting and research.
“As a result of expiring tax credits and other factors, we’ve had to evolve our business models and look at new ways to diversify. Especially as the solar industry continues to grow,” Cummings said. “We were recognized with this award for developing and implementing a strategic business development campaign to diversify services and attract a new complement of clients over a tense eight-month period, using every last bit of existing capital to transition the organization and diversify.”
WWS provides service in more than 20 states that include a diversified client portfolio of more than 25 companies. They provide consulting services to some of the largest renewable asset owners in the world, and serve three separate sectors: wind operations and maintenance, construction and solar. WWS employs a team of 95 skilled employees and anticipate ongoing growth as demand for renewable energy continues.
— Solar Builder magazine