Florida Tech, WBC IGNITE 360 Graduate Receives Regional SBA Award

MELBOURNE, FLA. – Florida Institute of Technology and Women’s Business Center IGNITE 360TM Mentoring Program Graduate Sherry Acanfora-Ruohomaki was named the 2014 Woman Owned Small Business Person of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) of South Florida.

Acanfora-Ruohomaki is president of K9 Kampus in Melbourne, a dog day-care and boarding services business that also offers training and grooming.

“This award acknowledges Sherry’s personal efforts and achievements to directly contribute to creating and expanding businesses which provides for new job opportunities in the community,” said Francisco Marrero, the SBA district director in Miami. “Through Sherry’s resourcefulness and dedication to small business, she is making a tremendous, positive and lasting impact on Florida’s economy.”

“From the moment we opened our doors we have had to start planning to expand – and that is a good problem to have,” Acanfora-Ruohomaki said.

Acanfora-Ruohomaki holds a Master of Science in Industrial Organizational Psychology and a Bachelor of Science in Computer and Electrical Engineering from Florida Tech. She also has an Executive MBA from the University of Central Florida.

“It is truly an honor to receive this award and be recognized for a vision that was once only a dream I didn’t think I would ever achieve,” Acanfora-Ruohomaki said. “Having a wonderful supportive husband that believed in me and my capabilities made all the difference in the world.”


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