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Founded in 1990 by Curt and Tracy Bjerke, Bjerke Brothers Inc. (BBI) is one of the Midwest’s leading designers and suppliers of grain- and seed-cleaning systems and equipment. Based in Buxton, North Dakota, BBI serves customers big and small,...

BJ’s Restaurants (BJ’s) got its start in the late ’70s as a small chain of pizza restaurants in Southern California. Formerly BJ’s Chicago Pizzeria, the restaurants were bought by Paul Motenko and Jerry Hennessy in the ’90s. “They had a vision to move the concept beyond just pizza and mass-...

For 30 years, retail and food service customers have turned to family-owned BK Specialty Foods for any number of distinct food and beverage items sourced from around the world. The New Jersey-based company offers more than...

Black Horse Carriers Inc. (BHC) has roots dating back to 1925. The business started out as a local drayage company purchased by Conrad Niedert. BHC was part of Niedert Terminals Inc. – a family business with operations in LTL Pool Distribution, a full-service truck leasing and dedicated contract...

Steve Birge and Mark Curran established Black River Produce (BRP) in 1978 with the vision of supplying the local market with high-quality, fresh fruits and vegetables. The partners worked together in Vermont restaurants before founding the business.

“We found a hole in the produce...

Steve Birge spent a few years bartending in Ireland while Mark Curran worked as a carpenter before the duo met on the ski slopes of Vermont. The pair decided to establish a natural food store, which gradually expanded to supply a few of the local restaurants with locally grown and organic...

Pellets – whether used as feed for farm animals, food for dogs or fuel – are made from a raw material. That raw material has to be ground, mixed, formed into pellets and then cooled. Many companies producing pellets for whatever purpose use equipment produced by Bliss Industries LLC (Bliss)....

Brenda Coffman, founder and CEO of Blondie’s Cookies Inc. (Blondie’s), believes the single most important aspect of her business is making sure her product hasn’t wavered once in more than 30 years. “My least favorite thing as a consumer is to go into a store and find that a product is either no...

Larry Bawden, CEO of Bloo Solar Inc. (Bloo Solar), believes that his company will revolutionize the solar energy industry. One of the biggest goals in the solar energy industry has been the drive to achieve grid parity – the point at which the means of producing solar energy provides electricity...

Javier Bravo took his love of the sea and turned it into a business. In 1993, he and his wife, Frances Rios decided to stablish an export business for the Caribbean. Blue Ocean Trading Inc. became the couple’s supply and...

Throughout San Diego County, there are six automobile dealerships in the Bob Baker Auto Group under Bob Baker Enterprises Inc., many of which are longstanding landmarks that have served area customers for generations. Owned and...

Celebrating 40 years in business in 2016, Bonnell Grain Handling Inc. (BGHI) remains a leader in the grain-handling equipment business. Located in Star City, Indiana, the highly skilled staff at BGHI assists its clients in designing cost-effective facilities...

Phil Wagner founded Boordy Vineyards (Boordy) in 1945 as a small vintner. Settled on a historic property, the label’s name offers subtle homage to the past, a time when winemaking was a form of civil disobedience. Today, Rob Deford owns and operates the winery with his family.

“I got my...

Boston Fresh LLC is a value-added produce wholesale operation, headquartered just outside of Boston and serving foodservice customers throughout the Northeast. Although the company opened its doors less than a year ago, Boston Fresh is already making its presence known in the wholesale produce...

Bob Nano is the proud first-generation business owner behind Boston Tomato & Packaging LLC (Boston Tomato). Nano’s story truly embodies the American Dream; from small produce push cart to what Boston Tomato is today –a major...

Grain elevators date back to the mid-18th century where the first was developed in Buffalo, N.Y. The invention worked almost seven times faster than its non-mechanized predecessors, allowing cities...

Bottomley Evergreens & Farms (BEF) is a multi-generational family business based in Glade Creek, North Carolina. It began in 1980, when Mitchell Bottomley began working with his grandfather, Bunk Roten, tying Christmas garlands in the basement from evergreen boughs to earn some money for the...

The Bouldin Corporation (Bouldin) began operation in 1959 as Bouldin & Lawson, based in McMinnville, Tennessee. In the early years, the business focused exclusively on machinery to serve horticulture and nursery operations. Over time, the company built an international customer base. On the...

Founded in 1997, Bowlmor AMF Corp. has spent almost 20 years elevating consumer expectations around bowling by offering a high-end product that transforms the sport from the dank, smoke-filled alleys of the past into clean, multifaceted...

Predating Myspace, Facebook, LinkedIn and many of the world’s most popular social media platforms, Classmates Inc. has been connecting people online since 1995. Having celebrated 20 years in 2015, Classmates has continued to hold the title as the first...

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