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SBA Portland District Office to Host 2014 Small Business Week Awards Luncheon

Release Date: 
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Advisory Date: 
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Contact: 
Kellie Randall (503) 326-5200

 

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 22 at the Portland Art Museum. 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 98% of the employers in Oregon are small business owners representing more than 350,000 small businesses,” said District Director Camron Doss. “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, Family-Owned Business of the Year, Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Community Impact Award, Rising Star Award, and Small Business Spirit Award. 

Small Business Champions, individuals or organizations that promote, assist and aid small business will receive awards honoring their impact on small business. During 2013, the SBA’s resource partners located in the Portland District counseled and trained small businesses for more than 35,000 hours. The network of resource partners in Oregon and SW Washington includes 21 Small Business Development Centers, five SCORE Chapters, a Women’s Business Center and a Veterans Business Outreach Center. 

“Small business owners with long-term mentors see bigger sales, hire more workers and last longer,” said Doss. “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 fiscal year 2013, these lenders delivered $457 million in supported loans, eclipsing the previous record year of $429 million in supported loans. The lender awardees are representative of the more than 60 qualified lenders in Oregon, who provided 830 SBA loans in fiscal year 2013. 

“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 Small Business Week.” 

Tickets are on sale now at www.sbw2014.eventbrite.com.

Cosponsorship Authorization # 14-1086-94. SBA’s participation in this cosponsored activity is not an endorsement of the views, opinions, products or services of any cosponsor or other person or entity. All SBA programs and services are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Reasonable arrangements for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact: Kellie Randall, 503-326-5200.