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U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., told the crowd at the Teaming to Win conference gathered for the annual West Virginia Small Business Week Awards Celebration that West Virginia businesses are innovators and collaborators.

"Teaming to Win has proven over and over again that it helps generate the opportunities for small businesses to thrive and create jobs across our state," Rockefeller said in a news release. "And we have seen local small businesses lift up struggling communities, serving as the backbone of our economy."

More than 95 percent of employees in West Virginia, which amounts to nearly 600,000 people, work for small businesses, according to information from Rockefeller.

Diane Lewis of Morgantown was named West Virginia's Small Business Person of the Year during the event. She is president and CEO of Action Facilities Management in Morgantown.

"I couldn't be more proud of Diane Lewis and her business," Rockefeller said. "This event helps reinforce why we need to keep giving small businesses the tools to grow."

Other awardees included: Timothy Warden from Raleigh County, Jeffry Butland of Hampshire County, Mathew Thomas from Greenbrier County, Christina Lundberg from Martinsburg, Huntington National Bank and The First State Bank in Barboursville.