Administrator Linda McMahon, head of the U.S. Small Business Administration, announced on March 16th, 2017, this year’s Small Business Person of the Year winners from the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
“It is my honor and distinct pleasure to announce the 54 winners from across the U.S. and its territories,” McMahon said. “These small business owners define entrepreneurial spirit and best represent the 28 million small businesses that are the backbone and economic engine for today’s economy. I look forward to welcoming the winners to Washington next month when they are officially honored for their achievements.”
The Guam winner is Guam SBDC client Derrick Muna Quinata, CEO/Dealer Principal of Monster Auto Corp. (dba Guam Autospot) in Hagatna, Guam. Guam Autospot was also selected by SBA as a finalist for the “National Small Business Person of the Year” award. Guam Autospot will join the other finalists on Monday, May 1st, for an awards luncheon where SBA Administrator Linda McMahaon will announce the America’s “Small Business Person of the Year” for 2017.
“It is truly an unexpected honor to be named the SBA Small Business Person of the Year. The assistance that was provided by the Guam SBDC was an integral part of our success. They were able to help us obtain much needed financing by assisting us with the packaging of our loan documents in the proper format. This is something that almost all small businesses struggle with, and it was a tremendous relief to have them help us navigate those foreign waters.”
– Derrick Muna Quinata, President/CEO, Guam Autospot
“We are excited and thrilled that the SBA has recognized Mr. Derrick Muna Quinata as a finalist in the category of Small Business Person of the Year. His success has enriched the local economy of Guam. His entrepreneurial spirit has helped foster and create many good jobs, and he is a leader and innovator in the auto industry in our region.”
– Casey Jeszenka, Network Director, Pacific Islands SBDC Network
Congratulations Guam Autospot on your “Small Business Person of the Year” win in Guam and on being a National Finalist!
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