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Del. Gov. Jack Markell to Spotlight Small Biz Success at SBA Del. Small Biz Awards

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Celebrates Del.’s First-Ever All-Female Slate of SBA Small-Biz-Owner Award Winners

WILMINGTON, DEL. – Delaware Governor Jack Markell spotlights small business success as keynote speaker at the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Delaware Small Business Awards Ceremony May 21, 2014 at DuPont Country Club in Wilmington, Del.  Markell joins SBA’s White-House-appointed Mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator Natalia Olson-Urtecho and SBA Delaware Director John Fleming at the ceremony honoring Delaware small business owners and lenders.  The ceremony is open to media.

“What makes SBA’s small business awards program so important is that it is a national awards program spotlighting America’s main streets,” said Fleming.  “Small business is the ‘engine of our nation’s economy,’ as we are so often reminded.  But our small business community is so much more than that.  It is a fundamental part of the core of our character as a nation.  Small businesses shape the character of America’s main streets.  They are often what makes ‘home’ ‘home.’  SBA’s Delaware Small Business Awards ceremony celebrates the small business that make our state ‘uniquely Delaware,’ and SBA is proud and honored to have Governor Markell join in that celebration.”

Tim Furlong, NBC10 Delaware Bureau Chief and WDEL Assistant News Director, emcees SBA’s 2014 Delaware Small Business Awards at the Agency’s “Celebrate Success” awards ceremony May 21 at 4:30 p.m. at DuPont Country Club, 1001 Rockland Road, Wilmington, Del., 19803.  This event is a local observance of the National Small Business Week, held this year May 12-16 to recognize the small business community’s contribution to the American economy and culminates in the announcement of the National Small Business Person of the Year.

SBA’s 2014 Delaware Small Business Award winners – including Delaware’s first-ever all-female slate of small-business-owner honorees – are:

Small Business Persons of the Year: Marian R. Young, President; Mark A. Lannan, Principal, BrightFields, Inc., Wilmington, Del.

Family Business of the Year: Valerie A. Gooding, President/Artistic Director, New Castle Dance Academy, Inc., Newark, Del. 

Minority-Owned Business of the Year: Dr. Manonmani Antony, Pain Physician and Managing Member, Sussex Pain Relief Center, LLC, Georgetown, Del.

Woman-Owned Business of the Year: Stefania Panza, Managing Member and Owner, Scotto Pastabilities V, LLC, d/b/a, Sofritto’s Italian Grill, Newark, Del.

Young Entrepreneurs of the Year: Megan Corey and Amy Kanzleiter, Co-Owners, ShopMamie, Inc., Wilmington, Del.

Small Business Champion of the Year: Jimmy A. Jarrell, Paul B. Hughes, III, First National Bank of Wyoming, Wyoming, Del.

Top Delaware SBA 7(a) Program Lender by Number of Loans: M & T Bank

Top Delaware SBA 7(a) Program Lender by Dollar Amount: Parke Bank

Top Delaware SBA 504 Program Lender: Delaware Community Development Corporation

Top Delaware SBA 504 Program Third Party Lender, by Dollar Amount: M & T Bank

To request interviews or photos, contact Jennifer Pilcher, SBA’s Public Information Officer in the Delaware District Office, at 302-573-6294, ext. 222.



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The SBA is an independent federal agency, created in 1953, to assist small businesses start, grow, and prosper. The SBA provides financial assistance by: (1) making loans to help families and businesses recover from national disasters and (2) providing loan guarantees to commercial financial institutions for working capital (7a loans), buildings/land/equipment (504 loans through the Certified Development Corporations), and for exports. Through our resource partners, the SBA also offers a variety of business development programs and services such as training, government contracting and export assistance. SBA resource partners include Small Business Development Centers, Women’s Business Centers, and SCORE (Counselors to America's Small Businesses). For information on the SBA’s programs and services contact us at 302-573-6294 or