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American Family Care Named Veteran Small Business Owner of the Year

Small Business Administration Salutes Marine Captain with Top Honor
Release Date: 
Friday, April 27, 2018
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BOSTON – The Small Business Administration (SBA) has named American Family Care (AFC) the 2018 Veteran Small Business Owner of the Year for Massachusetts.

American Family Care earned the recognition for expansion as a leading provider of urgent care, primary care and occupational medicine; and for creating nearly a dozen jobs for veterans over the last five years.  Founded by Dr. Bruce Irwin with a single location in 1982, American Family Care has pioneered the concept of non-emergency room urgent care with 200 clinics and 600 in-network physicians caring for more than 3 million patients a year.

Franchise ownership is a great way for Veterans to take part in entrepreneurship, “said SBA Massachusetts District Director Robert Nelson. “We congratulate David Adams on continuing his service to the public – delivering much needed health care that solves a problem in the industry.”

Adams, a former United States Marine Corps Captain, who also holds an MBA from Dartmouth College, opened his first AFC location in Waltham in September 2012 with the assistance of an SBA loan.    The partnership continued as Adams secured financing for his second and third independently owned and operated AFC clinics.

As a veteran myself, this is a huge honor for me, “said Dave Adams, independent owner and operator of AFC facilities in Waltham, Burlington, Bedford, and Stoneham.  “My relationship with the SBA enabled me to bring AFC’s high-quality care to the community as well as provide jobs to my fellow veterans.”

 “Dave’s commitment to providing high-quality health care to his community reflects his dedication to supporting our country.   We are very proud to have him on our team, operating four of our 200 locations, “said American Family Care President Randy Johansen.

The company was nominated by Rick Parker, President at Burlington Area Chamber of Commerce. 

Dave Adams will be honored at the annual SCORE Boston / SBA awards luncheon along with other 2018 Massachusetts Small Business Week winners at the Sheraton Needham Hotel on Friday, May 4th, 2018.




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The U.S. Small Business Administration makes the American dream of business ownership a reality. As the only go-to resource and voice for small businesses backed by the strength of the federal government, the SBA empowers entrepreneurs and small business owners with the resources and support they need to start and grow their businesses. It delivers services to people through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. To learn more, visit