ATLANTA, GA – U.S. Small Business Administration Region IV Administrator Cassius Butts is pleased to announce the winners of SBA’s 2013 State of Florida Small Business Week Awards.
“The talent of the professionals who competed for Small Business Week in SBA’s North and South Florida districts was extremely impressive,” said RA Butts. “Small business success is alive and well in Florida and these winners are great examples of that success.”
The 2013 SBA State of Florida Small Business Person of the Year is Steve Miller, President of EPreward (Boynton Beach). The Company specializes in precious metals recovery services for cardiology departments. Mr. Miller will be invited to attend the National Small Business Week celebration to be held in Washington, DC, on June 21, with the other state small business persons of the year. The national small business person of the year will be announced there.
The 2013 State of Florida Small Business Exporter of the Year is Harry Arnon, President of Hernon Manufacturing (Orlando). Mr. Arnon has also been selected as the Regional Exporter of the Year, and is currently under consideration for the national award, to be announced at the June 21st event in Washington, DC.
Brian Barquilla, Owner of Advantage Business Magazine (Jacksonville), has been named the State of Florida Small Business Media Advocate of the Year.
Eloy Bazaldua, President of RM Myers Company, Inc. (Jacksonville) has been named the State of Florida Minority Owned Small Business Person of the Year.
Elizabeth Burch, President of Dignitas Technologies, Inc. (Orlando) has been named the State of Florida Woman Owned Small Business Person of the Year.
Daniel Scott has been named the State of Florida Small Business Advocate of the Year. He is the Associate Director, Sustainable Entrepreneurship & Innovation Alliance at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg College of Business.
Christopher Hurn, CEO/Cofounder of Mercantile Capital Corporation (Orlando), has been named State of Florida Small Business Financial Services Champion of the year.
Lauren Little, Franchise Owner, Edible Arrangements (Jacksonville), has been named the State of Florida Veteran Owned Small Business Person of the Year.
The 2013 Small Business Week Award Winners from the Jacksonville area will be recognized at the 21st Annual Small Business Week & Lender Awards Celebration on April 30, 2013 in Jacksonville at the University of North Florida’s University Center from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. This event is hosted by the Small Business Development Center at the University of North Florida. For more information on this award ceremony, please visit http://www.sbdc.unf.edu/smallbusinessweek/.
The Orlando area Small Business Week winners will be honored by an event hosted by the Small Business Development Center at the University of Central Florida, on May 21, 2013, at the Citrus Club. For more information, please contact the SBDC at (407) 420-4850.
For more information about local winners or programs available through the Small Business Administration, please visit the agency Website at www.sba.gov/fl/north or call (904) 443-1900. For information on South Florida winners, please contact Jim Brooks at (305) 536-5521 x104
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