SEATTLE – The U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) 2013 Washington state Minority Small Business Champion of the Year is Dana Pittman, president of Sustainable Floors, Inc., dba Sustainable Interiors, in Fife, Wash. Founded in 2005, Sustainable Floors, Inc., dba Sustainable Interiors is a commercial interiors contractor specializing in federal and state government and commercial contracting. “I am honored to receive the SBA 2013 Washington state Minority Small Business Champion of the Year award,” Pittman said.
The SBA Seattle District Office honors Pittman, as the Minority Small Business Champion of the Year, for her commitment to support the advancement of small business opportunities for minority business owners devoting her own personal time to network and outreach with other minority businesses. Sustainable Floors, Inc., is a member of SBA’s 8 (a) Business Development Program, which helps small and disadvantaged businesses compete in the marketplace and gain access to federal and private procurement markets. “Pittman is the epitome of a dedicated advocate for minority small business owners,” said SBA Regional Administrator Calvin Goings.
She joined the Washington state Capital Projects Advisory Review Board Small Business Task Force, which is focused on developing recommendations on how capital projects and construction industries can open up opportunities for minority and African American-owned small businesses. As the taskforce vice chair, Pittman’s efforts resulted in the passage of a bill in the Washington state Legislature that created new language for Washington state job order contracting procedures. “These changes provide a level playing field for all companies looking to do business with Washington state,” Pittman said.
Recently, Pittman accepted a position as president of the board for the Entrepreneurial Institute of Washington, a nonprofit organization that strives to create equality for all small businesses. “This allows small businesses to develop a resilient base of job-creating entrepreneurs in Washington state,” she said.
From amongst her peers, the SBA Seattle District Office has chosen Pittman as the best minority small business champion who continues to find new ways to give back to her community. “We love to see Dana Pittman’s passion, perseverance and have really enjoyed getting to know such an amazing person,” said SBA Seattle District Office Director Nancy Porzio.
Pittman and other Washington state SBA award recipients will be recognized for their achievements at the 2013 SBA Annual Small Business Awards Gala May 9 at the Museum of Flight. For more information about Pittman and Sustainable Floors, Inc., call her at (253) 223-6039 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about the SBA 8 (a) Program or the SBA Annual Small Business Awards Gala, call (206) 553-7310.