PORTLAND, Ore. – Every spring, the U.S. Small Business Administration recognizes small businesses across the country during Small Business Week. This year the Portland District Office will honor Oregon's award winners at a luncheon on May 20 at the Portland Art Museum. Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber and Regional Administrator Calvin Goings, responsible for overseeing all SBA programs and initiatives in the four state region of Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington will be speaking and participating in the award presentation.
“Roughly 97.6% of the employers in Oregon are small business owners representing more than 335,000 small businesses,” said Acting District Director Robert DuCoté. “Small Business Week awards are about recognizing the hard work, dedication and sacrifice those small business owners are putting forth each and every day.”
Small Business awards to be presented include: Small Business Person of the Year, Small Business Exporter of the Year, 8(a) Graduate of the Year, Family-Owned Business of the Year, Director’s Impact Award, Director’s Rising Star Award, and Director’s Entrepreneurial Spirit Award.
Small Business Champions, individuals or organizations that promote, assist and aid small business will receive awards honoring their impact. During 2012, more than 9,000 clients were counseled and trained by the SBA’s resource partners located in the Portland District. The network of resource partners in Oregon and SW Washington includes 21 Small Business Development Centers, 5 SCORE Chapters, a Women’s Business Center and a Veterans Business Outreach Center.
“Small business owners with long-term counselors see bigger sales, hire more workers and last longer,” said DuCoté. “The technical assistance, business help and mentorship provided by our resource partners, entrepreneurial development programs and other community organizations are truly priceless and deserve our gratitude.”
The luncheon also recognizes leading SBA Lenders who provide the capital small businesses need to grow and succeed. In the Portland District, there have been back to back record years of lending following the Recession. In fiscal year 2012, these lenders delivered $428.7 million in supported loans, eclipsing the previous record year of $391.7 million in supported loans. The lender awardees are representative of the more than 60 qualified lenders in Oregon.
“America’s 27 million small businesses deserve our support and recognition year-round,” said Regional Administrator Calvin Goings. “It’s a privilege to be able to honor them and highlight their successes through National Small Business Week.”
Tickets are on sale now at http://www.scorepdx.org/.