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SBA South Florida District Announces State of Florida and District National Small Business Week 2014 Winners

Release Date: 
Monday, March 24, 2014
Release Number: 
14-06a So. Fla.
Advisory Date: 
Monday, March 24, 2014
Contact: 
James Brooks, (305) 536-5521 ext. 104

MIAMI - U.S. Small Business South Florida District Director Francisco "Pancho" Marrero is pleased to announce the winners of SBA's 2014 State of Florida and South Florida District Small Business Week Awards.

"The number of nominations for this year’s competition exceeded last year’s nominations and I was very impressed by the pride and professionalism of our south Florida small businesses," said Marrero. "Not only should the winners be congratulated but every business nominated and considered should be recognized for their accomplishments. Selecting this year's winners was no easy task."

The 2014 SBA State of Florida Small Business Person of the Year is Dr. Amir Varshovi.  Varshovi is the President of Green Technologies, LLC, located in Gainesville, Fla.

SBA State of Florida Small Business Exporter of the Year is Carlton Smith. Smith is the Executive Vice President of Heavy Equipment Resources of Florida, Inc. (HERO) located in Jacksonville, Fla.

SBA State of Florida Small Business Woman-Owned Person of the Year is Jing Zhou. Zhou is the President of Interventions Unlimited, Inc. located in Oviedo

SBA State of Florida Small Business Veteran Owned Business of the Year is Moses Harvin. Harvin is President of American Services Technology, Inc.  located in Rockledge, Fla.

SBA State of Florida Minority Owned Small Business Person of the Year is Patricia Bonilla. Bonilla is President of Lunacon Engineering located in Miami, Fla.

SBA State of Florida Small Business Advocate of the Year is Beth Gitlin. Gitlin is the Director of the Women’s Business Center at Florida Institute of Technology located in Melbourne, Fla.

SBA State of Florida Small Business Media Advocate of the Year is Broward SCORE located in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

SBA State of Florida Small Business Financial Advocate of the Year is Jennifer Hodges. Hodges is the Commercial Relationship Manager for SunTrust Bank located in Winter Park.

Winners of the SBA South Florida Small Business Week Awards were:

South Florida District Small Business Person of the Year is Ricky Brantley. Brantley is President of Viking Defense located in Miami, Fla. The company specializes in professional business protection and security.

Daniel Bittner and Maxim Weitzman are named Small Business Exporter of the Year.  Bittner and Weitzman are partners of Concept II Cosmetics located in Miami, Fla.  The company manufactures a full range of cosmetic and toiletry product for U.S. and 52 foreign markets. 

Patricia Bonilla is named the Minority Owned Small Business Person of the Year. Bonilla is the President of Luncacon Construction Group located in Miami, Fla. The company specializes in providing a broad range of construction management and general contracting services.

Sherry Acanfora-Ruohomak is named the Woman Owned Small Business Person of the Year. Acanfora-Ruihomak is the President of K9 Campus located in Melbourne, Fla. The company specializes in dog day-care and boarding services.

Moses Harvin is named the Veteran Owned Small Business Person of the Year. Harvin is the President of American Services Technology, Inc.  located in Rockledge, Fla. The company provides logistics, maintenance and administrative support services to federal and commercial agencies.

Elizabeth Karwowski is named the Small Business Financial Services Advocate of the Year. Karwowski is the President of Get Credit Healthy, Inc. located in Miami, Fla.

Beth Gitlin is named the Small Business Advocate of the Year. Gitlin is the Director of the Women’s Business Center at Florida Institute of Technology located in Melbourne, Fla.

Broward SCORE is named the Small Business Media Advocate of the Year. Broward SCORE chapter located in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

 

 

 

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