ATLANTA – 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 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.
Harry Arnon, President Hernon Manufacturing (Orlando), has been named the State of Florida Small Business Exporter of the Year.
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.
“Miller and Scott’s accomplishments reflect the professional entrepreneurship of SBA’s South Florida District,” said SBA South Florida District Director Francisco “Pancho” Marrero. “Their personal commitment to build and inspire business and provide a source of new job opportunities in the state of Florida is commendable. They are making a tremendous, positive and lasting impact on Florida’s economy.”
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. There, the national small business person of the year will be announced.
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Editor’s Note: More information regarding State of Florida Small Business Person of the Year winner Steve Miller can be found at: www.sba.gov/about-offices-content/2/3109/success-stories/566451