40 Alaska Business Monthly | May 2015 www.akbizmag.com
Renee Schofield: Alaska Small Business Person of the Year 2015
Renee Schofield, the owner of TSS, Inc., will be honored as the SBA laska 2015 Small Business Person of the Year on May 7 in Ketchikan
and again in Washington, DC this June.
Schofield is credited for savvy sense
that made a small town business grow
regionally by helping businesses respond to a complicated market need:
the mandated drug testing and safety
certification requirements regulated
through the Drug-Free Workplace Act
of 1988. Ketchikan’s status as a major
commercial fishing, ship building, and
aviation hub meant assisting employers
and license-holders to meet federal and
Schofield’s award marks the first time
since 1990 a person from Ketchikan was
selected for the Small Business Person of
the Year recognition in Alaska. US Small
Business Administration Northern Area
Manager Scott Swingle says the SBA feels
particularly pleased to honor a rural busi-
ness, which in Alaska means overcom-
ing a lot of hurdles to compete and win
against more advantaged companies do-
ing business in the state’s urban centers.
Winner is Humbled
“This is very humbling,” Schofield says.
“There are so many good businesses in
Alaska. Southeast has a culture of sup-
porting people. It’s neat to be recog-
nized on a state level, where there are so
many deserving businesses. But I didn’t
get here on my own. Once you’re clear
on your vision, there are so many will-
ing to help you get there.”
TSS operates in Ketchikan, Juneau,
and Craig and opened offices in Keokuk,
Iowa; Quincy, Illinois; and Hannibal,
Missouri. For the past sixteen years, TSS
has provided services in occupational
health and safety. TSS specializes in De-
partment of Transportation drug screen-
ing but also provides services for employ-
ers such as background screening, health
fairs, paternity testing, life-saving CPR/
FA, and multiple training offerings to in-
spire employee motivation.
The company employs thirteen people in its six locations. Schofield travels
among them on a regular basis for support and client interaction. She also conducts training in drug screening and
collector training of the Certified Professional Collector Program-Drug through
the Alcohol Testing Industry Association.
She also is now a practicing life coach.
How Schofield evolved the business
comes as an unexpected story of a
woman’s innovation and foresight.
Rural Ketchikan entrepreneur honored by Small Business Administration
By Naomi Klouda
© Michael Dinneen