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The Best Small Business
in America Contest
We found our winners!
Running a small brick-and-mortar business is not easy. Each day we are inspired by the business owners we interact with who put their trust in Rubicon to manage their waste collection, recycling projects and sustainability opportunities.

We want to give back and help some of those small businesses continue to flourish. We are out to salute those small businesses that continue to help America thrive.

We’ve found our 2017 winners.
We’ve found 10 small businesses that have overcome the toughest obstacles just to keep the lights on and have reached the point of no return and America voted on the top 3. They balance a physical presence in their town while embracing technology that helps move their business and community forward. These businesses strive not only to make money, but also to make a difference.
Read about the Best Small Business in America winners and finalists.
These businesses have kept going in times of adversity with sheer determination and a will to succeed. Get inspired by their stories before voting for your favorite.

1st: Sugar Beet Food Co-op (Oak Park, IL) Sugar Beet Co-Op was founded on the principle of knowing exactly where your food is coming from...Read More
2nd: Grubbly Farms (Atlanta, GA) Just outside of Atlanta, Grubbly Farms is attempting to reinvent a sustainable snack for livestock...Read More
3rd: NoBull Burger (Charlottesville, VA) This mother-daughter run business in Virginia is on a mission to provide healthy, handcrafted, sustainable, and delicious plant-based burgers to the masses...Read More
Chopwood Mercantile (Crested Butte, CO) Nestled in the gorgeous mountains of Crested Butte, Colorado, this skiing, camping, and outdoor lifestyle epicenter is making an impact on their small community in a very big way...Read More
Hobby Prodigy (Pittsburgh, PA) Everyone loves a good Do-It-Yourself project but few are keen on the mess left behind in our homes...Read More
Legend Acres (Stewart, TN) Southern hospitality should be extended to everyone and our four-legged friends should be no exception...Read More
Pumphouse Creamery (Minneapolis, MN) Minnesotans are braving the cold year-round to get a scoop of something different at Pumphouse Creamery in Minnesota...Read More
Re.dwell (Grand Rapids, MI) Founder Dan Chase has been crafting custom pieces of furniture from reclaimed materials since he first opened in 2010...Read More
RUIN Skateshop (Dunwoody, GA) Tucked away in Atlanta’s Dunwoody neighborhood, Ruin Skateshop has been setting both trends and standards for service since their opening in 1998...Read More
W.S. Badger (Gilsum, New Hampshire) Badger is a small, family-run body care product company tucked away in the woods...Read More
We are giving $13,000 to the best small businesses in America.
1st place:
$10,000
2nd place:
$2,000
3rd place:
$1,000