SBA's Minnesota Veteran-Owned Small Business of the Year is Falls Optical
21 Apr 2023
Awards and Recognition, Business, News, Economic Development, Community, Healthcare
The U.S. Small Business Administration has named Kenneth Dodge and Falls Optical, Inc. the 2022 SBA Minnesota Veteran-Owned Small Business of the Year.
In recognition of National Small Business Week, SBA’s Minnesota District will recognize its 2023 state winners at local events in the weeks ahead.
“Veterans give so much to our country both during their active-duty, reserve, and National Guard times and, in the case of veteran small business owners like Dr. Kenneth Dodge, in their civilian endeavors as well,” stated Brian McDonald, SBA’s Minnesota District Director. “This award that recognizes a veteran’s achievement in the business world is just one small way we make sure they know our country’s gratitude for their sacrifices. Dr. Dodge and his team have demonstrated they are not afraid of hard work and the dedication it takes to become successful.”
Dr. Dodge was born and raised in Cold Spring and received his education from Pacific University College of Optometry. Dr. Dodge and his wife, Heike, founded Falls Optical, Inc., in 2011 in Little Falls. Through the success of opening Falls Optical, in 2012, Dr. Dodge opened his second location, Pierz Eyecare in Pierz. Both Falls Optical, Inc. and Pierz Eyecare offer eye exams, corrective eyewear and treatment of ocular disease to ensure quality eyecare and affordable eyewear to their patients.
Dr. Dodge currently serves as a major in the 133RD Medical Group of the Minnesota Air National Guard. It is through his continued service; he exhibits excellent leadership and commitment to his community.