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Manteca Ford nominated for Small Business award
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Phil Waterfords Manteca Ford was nominated at Small Business of the Year by the California Legislature. - photo by Photo Contributed

Phil Waterford has been on the giving end of an award or special recognition numerous times.

He’s rewarded shows of strong character.

When Matthew Hernandez returned a wallet with $2,000 cash inside, Waterford showered the Lathrop teen with lavish gifts, a college scholarship and promise of an internship.

When the Second Harvest Food Bank partnered with a nutritional snack campaign, Waterford didn’t flinch. He donated $3,000 to the cause, ensuring healthy cookies and shakes would rich hundreds of homes.

Well, Phil, it’s time to take your turn in the spotlight.

Phil Waterford’s Manteca Ford and Exotic High Line has been nominated as the Small Business of the Year by the California Legislature. He will be recognized during Small Business Day in Sacramento on June 16.

Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen delivered the news to Waterford and his staff earlier this week.

Olsen, Speaker of the House John Perez and Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg among others will salute small business owners from across the state at a lunch banquet at the Sacramento Sheraton Grand Hotel.

Every elected legislator will be present with a small business representing their district.

Waterford was nominated for the award “primarily because of his tireless commitment that has enhanced the quality of life for individuals living in the 12th district of California,” read a statement released by Manteca Ford earlier this week.

The district map canvasses parts of San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties, including Manteca, Ripon, Lathrop, Escalon, Riverbank, Ceres and Turlock.