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For Immediate Release
April 12, 2019
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Carol Wilkerson
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(BPRW) SBA Administrator Announces National Small Business Week Awardees; Miami Beach Business Brings Home Disaster Recovery Honors

Awardees invited to Washington, D.C. recognition ceremony, May 5-6

(Black PR Wire) WASHINGTON – Today, Administrator Linda McMahon, the head of the U.S. Small Business Administration, announced the 2019 National Small Business Week awardees for 17 different categories ranging from research and development, exporting, outreach, contracting, lending, disaster recovery to manufacturing and construction. 

 

“The SBA works to connect entrepreneurs to counseling and funding opportunities that provide the boost they need, no matter what stage of the lifecycle their business is in. Together with our SBA lending and resource partners in communities across America, small businesses are able to confidentially drive our economy,” McMahon said.  “During National Small Business Week, the SBA will present well-deserved honors to the many individuals and organizations that have excelled at assisting small businesses, whether they are starting, growing, or recovering from disasters.”

 

Last month, McMahon announced the 53 Small Business Persons of the Year state and territorial winners. These recipients are now competing for the 2019 National Small Business Person of the Year. 

All awardees have been invited to Washington, D.C. to participate in events and ceremonies on May 5-6.  

 

Awards announced today:

  • Exporter of the Year
  • Jody C. Raskind Microlender of the Year
  • Small Business Investment Company of the Year
  • SCORE Chapter of the Year

 

  • Awards to SBA Resource Partners:
    • Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Excellence and Innovation Award
    • Women’s Business Center of Excellence Award
    • Veterans Business Outreach Center Excellence in Service Award

 

 

  • Phoenix Awards for Disaster Recovery:
    • Outstanding Small Business Disaster Recovery
    • Outstanding Contributions to Disaster Recovery, Public Official
    • Outstanding Contributions to Disaster Recovery, Volunteer

 

  • Federal Procurement Awards:
    • Small Business Prime Contractor of the Year
    • Small Business Subcontractor of the Year
    • Dwight D. Eisenhower Awards for Excellence (for large prime contractors who use small businesses as suppliers and contractors in Services, R&D, Manufacturing, and Contracting)
    • 8(a) Graduate of the Year

 

National Small Business Week will be observed May 5-11, 2019, with events in Washington, D.C., around the country and online. 

 

2019 National Winners

 

Exporter of the Year

EarthQuaker Devices

Akron, OH

Julianne Marie Robbins, CEO

Jamie R. Stillman, Founder, President, Product Designer

 

Jody C. Raskind Microlender of the Year

Colorado Enterprise Fund

Denver, CO

Ceyl Prinster, CFA

President and Chief Executive Officer

 

Small Business Investment Company

Eagle Fund III, LP

St. Louis, MO

Wayne L. Smith II

Managing Director

 

SCORE

Portland, Maine Chapter

Portland, ME

Nancy Strojny, Chapter Chair

 

Small Business Development Center – Excellence and Innovation Award

Ohio SBDC at Youngstown State University

Youngstown, OH

Patricia Veisz, Director

 

Women’s Business Center

Montana Women’s Business Center at Prospera Business Network

Bozeman, MT

Suzi Berget White, Director

 

Veterans Business Outreach Center

Gulf Coast State College

Panama City, FL

Brenton Peacock, Associate Director

 

2019 Phoenix Award for Outstanding Contributions to Disaster Recovery by a Public Official

Linda Parks

Ventura County Supervisor, District 2

Thousand Oaks, CA

 

2019 Phoenix Award for Outstanding Contributions to Disaster Recovery by a Volunteer

Christine Nieves Rodriguez

Luis Rodriguez Sanchez

Volunteers/Co-Founders

Proyecto de Apoyo Mutuo Mariana (PAM) (Mariana Mutual Support Project)

Humacao, PR

 

2019 Phoenix Award for Outstanding Small Business Disaster Recovery

Stephanie Vitori, President

Cheeseburger Baby

Miami Beach, FL

 

National Small Business Prime Contractor of the Year

Medved Global, Inc.

Dolores, CO

Michelle Hicks, President

 

National Small Business Subcontractor of the Year

Admiral Engineering & Manufacturing Company, Inc.

Phoenix, AZ

Jennifer Rahn, President

 

Dwight D. Eisenhower Award – Construction Category

Wood Environment & Infrastructure Solutions, Inc.

Alpharetta, GA

Ann E. Massey, CEO

 

Dwight D. Eisenhower Award – R&D

Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Pasadena, CA

Felicia Aileen Bell, Manager, Small Business Programs Office

 

Dwight D. Eisenhower Award – Services

Booz Allen Hamilton

McLean, VA

Linda Asher, Vice President, Financial Services

Lynn Livengood, Manager, Small Business Office

 

Dwight D. Eisenhower Award – Manufacturing

Oshkosh Defense, LLC

Oshkosh, WI

Bridgette Lorrigan-Schuh, Small Business Liaison Manager

Alyssa Hopfensperger, Small Business Liaison Associate

Travis Schmuhl, Vice President, Global Procurement & Supply Chain

 

8(a) Graduate of the Year

Prairie Quest Consulting

Fort Wayne, IN

Stacey Smith, CEO

  

For more information about National Small Business Week visit: www.sba.gov/nsbw

 

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The U.S. Small Business Administration makes the American dream of business ownership a reality. As the only go-to resource and voice for small businesses backed by the strength of the federal government, the SBA empowers entrepreneurs and small business owners with the resources and support they need to start, grow or expand their businesses, or recover from a declared disaster. It delivers services through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. To learn more, visit www.sba.gov.