National Small Business Week! #SBDC #SmallBusinessWeek

Every year since 1963, the President of the United States has issued a proclamation announcing National Small Business Week, which recognizes the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners. As part of National Small Business Week, the U.S. Small Business Administration takes the opportunity to highlight the impact of outstanding entrepreneurs, small business owners, and others from all 50 states and U.S. territories. Set as the first week in May, National Small Business Week includes events across the country and educational webinars on a variety of business topics.

More information is available from
SBA at www.sba.gov/nsbw and
the Small Business Week booklet

For SBDC events in
your neighborhood,
find your local SBDC today!

Check out these FREE webinars
SBA webinars
Microsoft webinars

America's SBDC“It’s a pleasure to recognize the achievements of small business and the diversity and strength they bring to our economy. It’s too bad we can’t make every week Small Business week. It’s a particular pleasure to recognize all the SBDC clients who are being recognized for their success. America’s SBDCs are proud to be a part of their story and help them make their dreams a reality. But don’t forget that SBDCs are there for every small business, every week!”
Charles “Tee” Rowe, America’s SBDC President & CEO

Meet the SBDC and SBDC Client Winners!

Congratulations to Maui Brewing Co. for winning the NSBW Small Business Person of the Year Award!
Maui Brewing is a client of the Hawaii SBDC. Learn more about their story here.

NATIONAL WINNERS & FINALISTS

2017 Small Business Development Center Excellence & Innovation Award Winner

Ohio SBDC at The Hamilton Mill
Hamilton, Ohio
Mr. David Riggs, Director

2017 Exporter of the Year

Safety Sleeper
Rose Morris, Owner
(a client of the Pennsylvania SBDC)

Small Business Person of the Year – National Finalists

Maui Brewing Co.
Garrett Marrero, Founder
(a client of the Hawaii SBDC)

Hometown Trolley
Kristina Pence-Dunow, Owner & CEO
(a client of the Wisconsin SBDC)

Monster Auto Corporation dba as Guam AutoSpot
Derrick Muna Quinata, President/CEO
(a client of the Guam SBDC)

 DISTRICT, STATE & REGIONAL WINNERS

State / SBDC Name

Award Category / Name / Title / Company Name

Alabama

Alabama SBDC at Jacksonville State University

Small Business Person of the Year, Jodie Ray Stanfield, Owner, Local Joe’s Trading Post

 

Florida

Florida SBDC at the University of Central Florida

Florida SBDC at the University of Central Florida

Florida SBDC at the University of North Florida
.

Florida SBDC at Fort Lauderdale

Florida SBDC at Indian River State College
.

Florida SBDC at Florida International University

Florida SBDC at Florida International University
.

Florida SBDC at Florida International University
.

Florida SBDC at Florida International University
.

 

Small Business Person of the Year, Gabriel Ruiz, LTC, USA (Ret), Advanced IT Concepts, Inc.

Small Business Woman-Owned Person of the Year, Sheryl Page, President/CEO, Page One Consultants, Inc.

Minority Owned Small Business Person of the Year, Hanan Hamed-Furqan, President/CEO, THREEZ Company, LLC

Exporter of the Year, David Rosen, CEO and Founder, Kira Labs, Inc.

Minority Owned Small Business Person of the Year, Juan Perez, President, All Star Carpet and Tiles of the Treasure Coast

Veteran Owned Business of the Year, Edward Haynes, President, Haynes Security

Small Business Financial Advocate of the Year, Debra Sales, VP/Small Business Program Director, Neighborhood Lending Partners

Small Business Advocate of the Year, Marjorie Weber, Financial Consultant, Florida SBDC at Florida International University

Small Business Media Advocate of the Year, Nancy Dahlberg, Miami Herald Entrepreneurship and Small Business Reporter

 

Georgia

University of Georgia SBDC at Valdosta State Univ.

University of Georgia SBDC – Columbus

Family-Owned Small Business of the Year, Ray Crosby, Owner, Weeks Honey Farm

Small Business Person of the Year, Kevin Boykin, President & CEO, Path-Tec

 

Hawaii

Hawaii SBDC

 

Small Business Person of the Year & National Finalist, Garrett Marrero, Founder, Maui Brewing Co.

Illinois

Illinois Int’l Trade Center at NORBIC

Illinois Int’l Trade Center at the College of DuPage

Illinois SBDC at Women’s Business Development Center

 

Small Business Persons of the Year, Sonat Birnecker Hart and Robert Birnecker, Owners, Koval Distillery

Small Business Exporter of the Year, Fariborz Maissami, President, Denbur Inc.

Development Center (Karen Goldner, Director, and Meg Herman, Director of Entrepreneurial Projects)

 

Kentucky

Western Kentucky University SBDC

Small Business Person of the Year, Debra Dudley, Owner, Oscarware, Inc.

 

Louisiana

Greater New Orleans & Bayou Region

Greater New Orleans & Bayou Region

University of Louisiana Monroe

Southeastern Louisiana University
.

McNeese State University

Green and Sustainable Business Award, Elizabeth Shephard, LifeCity

Small Business Person of the Year, Alejandro (Alex) Hernandez, Hernandez Consulting & Construction

8(a) Graduate of the Year, Tiya Scroggins, Scroggins Consulting, LLC

Region VI SBDC Excellence and Innovation Award, William Joubert, Center Director, Sand Summers, Assistant Director/Training Coordinator

Family-Owned Business of the Year, Tom Sawyer, Automotive Alignment & Brake Service

 

Massachusetts

MSBDC Government Sales Program

MSBDC Central Mass Int’l Trade Center/Mass Export Center

MSBDC Southeast Mass Regional Office

MSBDC Southeast Mass Int’l Trade Center/Mass Export Center

Berkshire Regional Office

MSBDC Mass Export Center

Veteran-Owned Small Business of the Year, Helder Machado, President/CEO, Machado Consulting

Manufacturer of the Year, Thomas Puthanangady, President/CEO, Darmann Abrasive Products
.

Family-Owned Small Business of the Year, Chris Constantino, President, Camino Custom Cabinetry

Small Business Exporter of the Year, Yuki Honjo, President, McLane Research Laboratories Inc
.

Massachusetts Microenterprise of the Year, Greg, Beth and Zac Carpenter, Owners, Yummy Treasures

Small Business Development Center Excellence and Innovation Award (State and New England Region Winner)

 

Mississippi

University of Mississippi – Gulf Coast SBDC

Small Business Person of the Year, Mike Pornovets, Owner, Everything Kayak

 

Missouri

University of Missouri Trulaske College of Business, Int’l Trade Center

Franklin County Extension SBTDC

University of Missouri Science & Technology SBTDC

Small Business Exporter of the Year, Marcus Soloman, President, BeWell Health DBA Nasopure
.

Rural Small Business of the Year, Todd and Katherine Geisart, Owners, Geisert Farms

Small Business Person of the Year, Philip Cohen, Founder & CEO, Cohen Architectural Woodworking

 

New Hampshire

NH SBDC

NH SBDC

NH SBDC

NH SBDC

Small Business Champion of the Year, Marty Parichand, Owner, Outdoor New Englaind

Small Business Champion of the Year, Todd Workman, Director, Permacity Life

Woman-Owned Small Business of the Year, Joyce Goodwin, Owner, Granite State Early Learning Center

Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Quinn Worden, Owner, PT United, LLC

 

Pacific Islands

Guam SBDC
.

Guam SBDC

Guam SBDC

Small Business Development Center Excellence and Innovation Award, Kathleen Thomas Benavente, Owner, The Occasion.

Woman-Owned Small Business of the Year, Gyongyi “Pika” Pilar Fejeran, President, Pika’s Cafe

Small Business Person of the Year, Derrick Muna Quinata, President/CEO, Monster Auto Corporation dba as Guam AutoSpot

 

Pennsylvania

Kutztown University SBDC

Shippensburg University SBDC
.

Bucknell University SBDC

Clarion University SBDC

Duquesne University SBDC

Eastern Pennsylvania District Entrepreneurial Success Award, Terry Lynn Weaver, President, USA Gypsum

Small Business Development Center Excellence and Innovation Award, Mike Unruh, Director, Shippensburg University SBDC

Small Business Person of the Year, Elvin Stoltzfus, President, Pik Rite

Young Entrepreneur of the Year, BreAnna Liberto, Owner, Clarion Center for the Arts

Exporter of the Year, Rose Morris, Owner, Safety Sleeper

 

Texas – Gulf Coast

Coastal Plains SBDC

Brazosport College SBDC

Small Business Person of the Year, Stuart A. Lynn, Founder/CEO, Lynn & Associates Engineeriing & Windstorm

Entrepreneurial Success, Richard Wood, Owner, Wurst Haus Restaurant and Bar

 

Texas – South-West/Border

Texas A&M International University SBDC
.

Angelo State University SBDC

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley SBDC

Minority-Owned Small Business of the Year, Mr. Roque Vela and Mrs. Maria Vela, President (Mr. Vela) and Secretary (Mrs. Vela), Jett Bowling Lanes, Inc.

Small Business Person of the Year, J. Bryan Vincent, CEO & Partner, Principal LED LLC

Small Business Person of the Year, Leodegario Neave, Elizabeth Neave, Abraham Neave, and Abisai Neave, Owners, JDG Jewlers

 

Virgin Islands

St. Thomas / St. John Service Center

Small Business Person of the Year, Kevin Joseph Schnell and Maya Alissa Matthews-Sterling, Owners, Caribbean Solar Company, LLC

 

West Virginia

Eastern Pahhandle Center
.

Wheeling Center

Morgantown Center

Huntington Center

WVU-Parkersburg Center
.

Eastern CTC Outreach Center.

Weirton Outreach Center

State and Mid-Atlantic Region Small Business Person of the Year, Matthew Paul Knott, President & CEO, River Riders, Inc. and Clarion Inn Harpers Ferry

Family-Owned Small Business of the Year, Donald Riggenbach, Owner Riggenbach Tile and Carpet

Minority-Owned Small Business of the Year, Chin Orih, Owner Corporate Cleaning Services, LLC

Woman-Owned Small Business of the Year, Elizabeth Yeager Cross, Owner, Yeager Design & Interiors

Veteran-Owned Small Business of the Year, Chad Ranson & John Roberts, Owners, Ranson Inspection Services, LLC

Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Dakota Janowitz, Owner, DJ’s Firewood

Small Business Champion of the Year, Patrick Ford, Owner, Business Development Corporation of the Panhandle

 

Wisconsin

UW-Madison SBDC .

UW-Green Bay SBDC

Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Henry Schwartz, Owner & CEO, Mobcraft

Small Business Person of the Year & National Finalist, Kristina Pence- Dunow, Owner & CEO, Hometown Trolley