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celebrating berks businesses

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American Barber Academy
Named Top Entrepreneur;
KKBS Facility Services and
the Smith Law Group Take
Second and Third Places

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merican Barber Academy, which opened in October 2012 with
a tight budget and just a handful of students, was awarded the
top spot in the Greater Reading Chamber of Commerce &
Industry's Greater Reading Top Businesses Entrepreneurial Excellence
Award program.

Businesses listed among Entrepreneurial Excellence winners,
an award intended to recognize smaller businesses, are ranked
according to revenue growth over the past three years. Nominees
must be members of the Greater Reading Chamber of Industry
& Commerce and have revenues exceeding $250,000 in the
previous business year.

The school, which currently enrolls 24 students who attend classes
five days a week, provides barber and styling classes. Students offer
low-cost haircuts and other services to customers at the school's
location at 110 Morgantown Road.
Owner George Ortiz Jr. of Reading opened his own barbershop
on Lancaster Avenue when he was 21. By the time he was 26, he
had the school up and running. The school has experienced rapid
growth, expanding in June to offer evening classes four nights a week.
Winners were named in May during the Chamber's annual dinner
at Santander Arena.
KKBS Facility Services, headed by Mark Katzin, owner, claimed
the second-place spot, while Smith Law Group, LLC, headed by
founding member Jim Smith, was named in third place.
Founded in 2005, KKBS is a commercial cleaning service that
specializes in commercial carpet cleaning. Based in Sinking Spring,
it provides cleaning services to customers in eastern Pennsylvania,
Delaware and New Jersey.
Founded as the Law Office of James M. Smith, the Smith Law
Group has expanded from a one-room office in Reading to a full-service
law office located along Route 222 in Richmond Township.
The law group serves clients in all state and federal courts in
Pennsylvania.
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