America’s SBDC is excited to announce that the Charleston Small Business Development Center in South Carolina and three SBDC clients from around the country were acknowledged and awarded at this year’s National Small Business Week. National Small Business Week honors America’s 28 million small businesses and their entrepreneurial, innovative and resilient spirit that serves as the backbone of the American economy.
In making the announcement, SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet said: “It is my distinct pleasure and honor to announce the 54 winners from across the U.S. and her territories. These small business owners represent the best of the best and showcase daily their entrepreneurial spirit and what it takes to be successful in today’s evolving and competitive business environment.”
“Small Business Development Centers don’t just help entrepreneurs and growing businesses — they help create success, they help people realize their dreams. SBDC impact can be seen in the number of businesses starting and growing and creating jobs all across America. National recognition of our clients’ success is just the icing on the cake. At America’s SBDC we are proud to represent a national network that does such great work, and especially proud of all the winners and finalists,” said Charles “Tee” Rowe, America’s SBDC President & CEO.
The national SBDC winner and national SBDC client winners & finalists listed below were invited to a recognition ceremony at the Smithsonian and the Institute of Peace on May 1st & 2nd.
2016 Small Business Development Center Excellence & Innovation Winner
Charleston Area Small Business Development Center
North Charleston, South Carolina
Tom Lauria, Director
2016 Phoenix Award for Outstanding Small Business Disaster Recovery
Stephen and Maryann Piazza, Owners, Majestic Vending and Services
(New York SBDC)
2016 Exporter of the Year
Mr. David Bello, Sr., President and Mr. John Hartnett, VP Global Business Development, Endoscopy Replacement Parts, Inc.
Diana Lewis Jackson , President & CEO of Action Facilities Management, Inc.
(West Virginia SBDC)
2016 Small Business Development Center Excellence & Innovation Finalist
Casey Jeszenka, State Director
2016 Small Business Person of the Year Finalists
Tammy Ann Loewy and Wynde Kate Reese, Owners, Freen Goddess Foods, LLC
(New York SBDC)
STATE & REGIONAL SBDC WINNERS
The state and regional winners have been or will be honored in their states.