Liyu Nalven, President of Linortek, Named U.S. Small Business Administration 2024 Small Business Exporter of the Year for the State of North Carolina

Winston-Salem Industrial IoT (IIoT) innovator honored for exceptional export growth.

Linortek, maker of controllers for “Industrial Internet of Things” (IIoT), is proud to announce that the company’s president, Liyu Nalven has been named the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) 2024 Small Business Exporter of the Year for the state of North Carolina. The prestigious annual award recognizes the exceptional achievements of small business exporters across the country. Nalven was nominated by Owen George of the North Carolina Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC).

Linortek has grown through strategic use of SBA-funded export training and STEP grants. According to Owen George, the training and grants have played a critical role in her journey to become a successful exporter. He said, “The results of these efforts are more than impressive. Exports now account for 18% of total sales, with exports to Canada growing 20% year-over-year. The company recently signed a distribution contract for the Mexico market.”

“I’m deeply honored and grateful to receive this award from the SBA, exporting has been crucial to Linortek’s growth, and we could not have come this far without the valuable support of the SBA funded STEP grants, SBTDC, EDPNC, U.S. State Commercial Services and many other wonderful state/local government agencies.

Linortek plans to continue driving export growth and market expansion in the years ahead. “This award inspires us to keep innovating and promoting our cutting-edge IoT technology with customers worldwide,” Nalven added.

Nalven was born in a small village in southern China. She immigrated to the U.S. in 2011, becoming a citizen in 2016. She co-founded LinorTek with her husband in 2012.

About Linortek

Linortek designs and builds controllers for the “Internet of Things” (IoTs), a market that involves connecting a vast range of products and systems to a network for remote control, data acquisition and management. With customers around the globe, ranging from Fortune 500, to small business, to schools and government agencies, Linor products are often used to retrofit older industrial equipment to become network-enabled for data collection.

Linortek devices are a great fit for industrial applications such as light/gate control, building lock down, timed alert system, EVAC systems (Emergency Voice/Alarm Communication), machine monitoring, and many more.  All products are controlled and monitored from a simple and easy-to-use web page or desktop app with no monthly fees.