Sylvan Learning Center of Kennewick won the 2012 Small Business of the Year honor in the Tri-Cities, taking home the Gold Award at the 17th Annual Mid-Columbia Small Business Awards on May 3 at the Shilo Inn in Richland. More than 300 people attended the annual event.
You wouldn't have known about Sylvan's award-winning effort from reading it in the Tri-City Herald. Inexplicably, the Herald didn't cover the story. Nor did the local TV stations.
One local media outlet, however -- the Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business (see its May 2012 edition) -- did cover Sylvan's proud moment -- and hats off to them for doing so.
They ran an excellent article about Sylvan's 19 employees, most of them part-time teachers at Tri-City schools, and quoted Sylvan's owner, Randy Way, on how he has built Sylvan into a small-business award winner.
Snubbed or overlooked by the local media? It's hard to say. But Sylvan Learning Center, winner of the 2012 Small Business of the Year Award in the Tri-Cities, does a great job in helping the children of our community learn.
DAVE PAYSON, Richland