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Announcing SBA 2020 Kentucky Small Business Award Winners

Release Date: 
Monday, September 14, 2020
Release Number: 
20-09-14KY
Contact: 
michael.ashcraft@sba.gov

The U.S. Small Business Administration’s Kentucky District Office announces its 2020 Small Business Award winners. Each year, small businesses are nominated for district-level SBA awards. Some categories, such as Rural Owned Business and Small Business Person of the Year, go on to compete at the regional or national level.

Following are the SBA 2020 Kentucky Small Business Award Winners:

SBA 2020 Kentucky Small Business Person of the Year

Ms. Mavis Linnemann-Clark   The Delish Dish LLC, Made by Mavis and Kickstart Kitchen

SBA 2020 Kentucky Minority Owned Small Business of the Year

Mr. Steven Dunn                           Dunn Electric, LLC

SBA 2020 Kentucky Rural Owned Small Business of the Year (tie)

Mr. Josh Howard                          Howard Law Firm, PLC

SBA 2020 Kentucky Rural Owned Small Business of the Year (tie)

Mr. Steve Whitaker                      Whitaker Pharmacy, Inc.

SBA 2020 Kentucky Small Business Advocate of the Year

Ms. Amanda Kelly                         Southeast Kentucky Economic Development Corp. (SKED) 

SBA 2020 Kentucky Woman Owned Small Business of the Year

Ms. Christy Clark                           Mammy’s Kitchen & Bar, LLC

SBA 2020 Kentucky Young Entrepreneur of the Year

Ms. Rodricka O’Bannon            C&R Beauty Bar

Over the past five years, two of Kentucky’s Small Business Person of the Year awardees were national finalists. Dave Dafoe with Flavorman, located in Louisville, was among the final four in 2016. In 2017, Debra Dudley with Oscarware, Inc., based in Bonnieville, was National Small Business Person of the Year First Runner-up.   

SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza announced the kick-off for National Small Business Week. The virtual event, rescheduled from May due to the coronavirus pandemic, will be held September 22-24.

National Small Business Week honors the nation’s small businesses, many of which are veteran, women and minority-owned, for their achievements and dedication to their communities. This year’s National Small Business Week activities will include numerous educational panels providing retooling and innovative practices for entrepreneurs as our nation’s small businesses look to pivot and recover toward a stronger economy. The event will recognize the national award winners, including the naming of this year’s National Small Business Person of the Year.

National Small Business Week will also recognize small business advocates for their involvement in disaster recovery, government contracting, and their support for small businesses and entrepreneurship.  Awards will be presented to SBA partners in financial and entrepreneurial development, including top SCORE Chapter, Small Business Development Center, Women’s Business Center, and Veterans Business Outreach Center.

For registration and additional information on National Small Business Week, please visit sba.gov/NSBW. Details and registration information will be posted on that website as events are finalized.