SWANZEY — A granola maker has been honored by the state division of the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Maple Nut Kitchen was named the 2019 Woman-Owned Small Business of the Year in Manufacturing.

Owner Vivian Cubilla-Lindblom said she knew her business was nominated, but she was thrilled and honored to win.

“It feels good to be recognized for my entrepreneurial activities. I’m extremely proud of it,” she said. “We just turned five years old (Thursday), by the way. So we’ve come a long way. Time has flown by.”

In April 2014, Cubilla-Lindblom purchased a small granola company, rebranded it and grew the business into Maple Nut Kitchen. She moved the operation to Swanzey in January 2018.

“Although we are a small team of seven, everyone is truly happy to come to work and that makes me very happy inside,” Cubilla-Lindblom said. “And the truth is, I could not have achieved this without my team’s support and hard work.”

She also credited the N.H. Small Business Development Center for helping her thrive and encouraged other young companies to seek its services.

The N.H. SBA is partnering with the N.H. Bankers Association to present the awards May 21 at the Derryfield Country Club in Manchester. Go to nhbankers.com for more information and online registration.

Sierra Hubbard can be reached at 355-8546 or at shubbard@keenesentinel.com. Follow her on Twitter at @SierraHubbardKS.