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Small Business Person of the Year

Since 1990, the Small Business Person of the Year Award has recognized the outstanding contributions of small business people to the economy and overall progress of the New Braunfels trade area. To be eligible for nomination, the business person must meet the following criteria:

  • Must own their business for a minimum of five years;
  • Must be a member of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce for a minimum of five years;
  • Must have been in the same business for a minimum of five years;
  • Must exhibit community involvement for a minimum of five years; and
  • Must have employed fewer than 50 employees during the past five years.

Selection for the award is based on evidence of an individual’s successful operation of a company and evidence of significant contribution to the community.

2023 Small Business Person of the Year Myra Zunker of The Chandelier of Gruene

2023 SBPY Myra Zunker


Members of the Chamber’s Executive and Small Business Week committees surprised Myra Zunker with the announcement that she was named the 2023 Small Business Person of the Year.

Read the article here >


Past Small Business Person of the Year Winners:

2023 - Myra Zunker, The Chandelier of Gruene 2006 - Miles Granzin, Granzin BBQ
2022 - Art Brinkkoeter, Brinkkoeter Transmission & Lube 2005 - Donna Scheele, Property Management Professionals, Inc.
2021 - Glenn Griffin, Griffin Asset Management 2004 - Trudy Soechting, Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch
2020 - April Ryan and Ashley Landerman, 2tarts Bakery 2003 - Doug & Anne Miller, Miller & Miller Insurance Agency
2019 - J.P. Kesselring, Farmers Insurance Agency of J.P. Kesselring 2002 - Lester Stockhorst, PRINT IT
2018 - Natalie Rougeux, Rougeux & Associates, PLLC 2001 - Adam & Karen Cork, Color Express
2017 - Justin Meadows, Justin Meadows State Farm 2000 - Don & Lynn Forres, Huisache Grill
2016 - Nathan Manlove, The AMMO Group 1999 - Carol Johnson, Johnson Furniture/Innerworks
2015 - Soriya Estes, Estes Audiology 1998 - Randy Vanstory, Quick Align
2014 - Kent Fischer, Fischer Veterinary Clinic 1997 - Pam Kraft, Kraft Mobiletel
2013 - Matt Kyle, The Kyle Law Firm 1996 - Larry Wenzel, Creative Eyewear by Larry
2012 - Ken & Lisa Brucks, Prodigy Learning Center & Child Care Center 1995 - Rusty Brandt, ‘Tis The Season
2011 - Robin Jeffers, J&R Gymnastics 1994 - Kyra Brandt, Comal Flower Shop on the Plaza
2010 - Ernie Jergins, Ernesto’s Jewelry 1993 - Cash & Dennis Hermes, Centex Office Plus
2009 - John Guenzel, Rio Raft & Resort 1992 - Bob Schima, Henne Hardware
2008 - Dee and Terry Buck, Buck Pottery 1991 - Marian Benson, The Collection
2007 - Judi & Cecil Eager, Gruene Mansion Inn 1990 - Mary Jane Nalley, The Gristmill River Restaurant and Bar