(Left to right) Missouri Senator Gary Nodler (District 32), Amy Carpenter, Brian Carpenter, and Missouri Representative Tom Flanigan (District 127).

The Joplin (Mo.)-based company owned by a PSU graduate has received the “2010 Rising Star of Entrepreneurship” award from the Missouri Small Business and Technology Development Centers in Jefferson City.

Brian Carpenter, (BS ’95) and his wife Amy own I3 Technology Group, a telecommunications and low-voltage wiring contractor which sells phone systems to clients throughout the U.S. The company, one of 19 outstanding small businesses in Missouri to win the award, was founded in 2007.

The award was presented in January at the 2010 MO SBTDC Client Showcase, held at the Capitol rotunda. In addition to the award, I3 was also presented with legislative resolutions by Missouri Senator Gary Nodler and Representative Tom Flanigan.