Knowing about Heidi will help others understand what it takes to be an award winning small business. I thought people might have an interest in knowing the story behind the 2010 award winner and what it took to become the SBA Wyoming Small Business of the Year. Heidi is amazing and I am her cheer-leader!!! She came to me shortly after starting Precision Analysis for help in applying for the Bresnan Oh! Get the Money grant. She needed the grant to purchase additional lab equipment. We worked on the application together for several weeks, and during that time I frequently visited her lab – then based in her garage.
What impressed me most about Heidi – then and now – was her focus and professionalism. Despite the fact that her lab at the time consisted of one workbench set up in her garage, it was obvious that her business was going to grow and flourish. Her vision was to expand the services and client base of Precision Analysis; increase the number of skilled, well paying jobs in her company; and expand to other small communities in Wyoming. And she has!
Wyoming, like many rural states, has seen a “brain drain” of our most able and talented young people, who leave the state for their education and never come back because they cannot find work in their field of expertise. Heidi knew she wanted to return to Wyoming and that she would have to create her own opportunities.
Heidi is an example to entrepreneurs everywhere, to women entrepreneurs who venture into non-traditional fields, and to Wyoming students who want to put their education to work in their home state.
Fabrizius began her company with a few services that were not being provided in the area. Then, as she grew to understand her market, she added test categories and expanded her niche with unique services tailored to the needs of her clientele.
With a growing business and young family, Fabrizius has limited time to spend in the community. However, she has always made time to do outreach to local schools and youth groups.
She welcomes tours of the laboratory, and visits schools to do chemistry demonstrations several times a year. One Lander sixth grader even relied on Precision Analysis to help her with her Science Fair project to find out if paint balls were polluting the Popo Agie River (the project won first place in the regional competition). The experiment took three afternoons in the lab. Fabrizius also attended the regional competition to cheer her protégé on.
Bravo Heidi and Congratulations!!!!
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