Delaware Governor Jack Markell and Delaware's Federal Legislative Delegation Join the Festivities
In May, SBA's 2013 Delaware Small Business Award winners enjoyed a well-deserved spotlight, accepting kudos from Delaware Governor Jack Markell and members of Delaware's federal legislative delegation, as well as from the small business community.
On May 15, the award winners gathered at Delaware Governor Jack Markell's Wilmington office for a private audience with him. The Governor congratulated the award winners on their SBA awards and engaged them in dialogue about the issues affecting Delaware's small business community, including rising healthcare costs and workers compensation insurance rates.
As the excitement built through the month leading up to the annual SBA Delaware Small Business Awards ceremony, the winners hosted SBA officials, press, and members of Delaware's federal legislative delegation and their staffers for tours of their businesses.
Finally, on May 21, the award winners gathered together once again, this time at Newark's Deerfield Golf Club, to accept their SBA Small Business Awards at the annual Delaware SBA Small Business Awards ceremony. The festivities kicked off with a lively networking session as Delaware's small business leaders and luminaries flooded the winners with congratulations. Then, in a rush of award presentations and speeches, the night built toward a grand crescendo--the arrival of Senator Tom Carper to join in the celebration and the presentation of SBA's Delaware Small Business Person of the Year award.
SBA’s 2013 Delaware Small Business Awards winners are:
Small Business Person of the Year: Coleman E. Bye, III, President/Owner, The Mercantile Press, Inc., Wilmington, Del.
Founded in 1884, this family-owned business is the oldest printing company in Delaware. The company is a full-service print communications firm serving clients in a variety of industries.
Small Business Exporters of the Year: Michael Linett, President; July Linett, Vice President, Operations, Zerowait Corporation, Wilmington, Del.
Zerowait Corporation provides cost-effective storage systems and technical support to customers worldwide. Founded in 1991, this Delaware business exports to Australia, New Zealand, Canada and Europe.
Family-Owned Business of the Year: Catherine Hopkins Grieco, President, Hopkins and Sons, Inc., New Castle, Del.
Founded in 1946, Hopkins and Sons, Inc., is a 4th generation, full-service relocation company. The company provides moving, packing, crating and storage services for local, nationwide, and international relocations for residential and commercial customers.
Minority Small Business Person of the Year: Felicia Enuha, Bristol Industrial Corporation, Newport, Del.
Bristol is a distribution firm located in Newport, Del. Since its founding, the firm has grown substantially, winning a variety of public and private sector contracts.
Small Business Champions of the Year: Clinton Tymes, State Director; Barbara Necarsulmer, Associate State Director, Delaware Small Business and Technology Development Center (“SBTDC”), Newark, Del.
Clinton Tymes has been the State Director of the Delaware SBTDC network since 1994. In that role, he conducts the long range planning and program development for the statewide network. Tymes served as Training Coordinator for the SBTDC from 1989 to 1994.
Barbara Necarsulmer has been the Associate State Director of the Delaware SBTDC since 1993. In that role, she handles operations, marketing, IT and financial administration for the statewide SBTDC network as well as the PTAC. From 1987 through 1996, Necarsulmer was the SBTDC’s sole representative in Kent and Sussex counties, Delaware, where she directly assisted hundreds of business owners.
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First Runner Up, Delaware SBA 7(a) Program Lender by Number of Loans: Citizens Bank
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