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SBA Honors Five South Florida Business Owners at Small Business Workshop

Release Date: 
Thursday, May 29, 2014
Release Number: 
So. Fla. 14-03
Advisory Date: 
Thursday, May 29, 2014
Contact: 
James Brooks, (305) 536-5521 x104

MIAMI - Five local business owners were presented with SBA South Florida District and State of Florida Small Business Person of the Year Awards on Saturday, May 31, during a Small Business Workshop hosted by U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz at the Broward County Convention Center.

SBA Regional Administrator Cassius Butts and Representative Wasserman Schultz presented the small business awards during the workshop’s opening ceremonies.

“This workshop is a terrific event where we can recognize these business owners and who can certainly inspire other entrepreneurs and small business owners, especially those attending the workshop,” said South Florida District Director Francisco “Pancho”  Marreo.  “I appreciate Congresswoman Wasserman Shultz in allowing us to celebrate these business owners’ success as well as inform others about SBA’s resources available to help start and grow business in south Florida.”

The following business owners were recognized:

Ricky Brantley, President of Viking Defense located in Miami, was presented the South Florida District 2014 Small Business Person of the Year Award.

Patricia Bonilla, President of Luncacon Construction Group located in Miami, was presented the South Florida District 2014 Minority Owned Small Business Person of the Year and the SBA State of Florida Minority Owned Small Business Person of the Year Award.

Elizabeth Karwowski, President of Get Credit Healthy, Inc. located in Miami, was presented the South Florida District 2014 Small Business Financial Services Advocate of the Year Award.

Daniel Bittner and Maxim Weitzman, owners of Concept II Cosmetics located in Miami, were presented the South Florida District 2014 Small Business Exporter of the Year Award.

Broward SCORE was presented the South Florida District 2014 Small Business Media Advocate of the Year and the SBA State of Florida Small Business Media Advocate of the Year Award.

The Small Business Workshop was hosted by U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and is held annually to bring together area small businesses, entrepreneurs and Federal, State and Local agencies for free marketing, management and financial guidance.  More information about the workshop can be found online: http://wassermanschultz.house.gov.

 

 

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Related State: 
Florida