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Environmental Consultants ‘BrightFields’ Named SBA’s Del. “Small Business People of the Year” for Post-Recession Resilience, Broad Community Impact

Advisory Date: 
Monday, May 12, 2014
Advisory Number: 
Jennifer Pilcher | 302-573-6294, ext. 222 |

May 14 Tour of BrightFields’ Kalmar Nyckel Worksite Bids BrightFields’ Owners Bon Voyage as They Leave for D.C. to Represent Del. for SBA’s National Title

WILMINGTON, DEL. – SBA’s Delaware District Director John Fleming will officially introduce the agency’s 2014 Del. ‘Small Business People of the Year,’ Marian R. Young and Mark A. Lannan of BrightFields, Inc., at the firm’s Kalmar Nyckel shipyard worksite on May 14 at 10:00 a.m. The event is open to media.

WHO: John Fleming, District Director, U.S. SBA Delaware District Office
Mark A. Lannan, Principal, Marian R. Young, President, BrightFields, Inc.
WHAT: Heads of BrightFields, Inc., introduced as SBA’s 2014 Del. Small
Business People of the Year, followed by a behind-the-scenes tour of the historic Kalmar Nyckel shipyard worksite
WHEN: May 14, 2014 at 10:00 a.m.
WHERE: Kalmar Nyckel Shipyard, education center and new shipyard worksite,
1124 E. 7th Street, Wilmington, Del. 19807

BrightFields is a full-service environmental consulting and remediation services firm headquartered in Wilmington, Del.  Formed in 2003, the firm has grown into a 42-person company that solves environmental challenges for its clients and its community.  Since being named SBA’s 2008 Del. Small Business Persons of the Year, BrightFields leveraged its strong pre-recession financial position – as well as strategic advice from SBA-backed SCORE on expanding services and the firm’s geographic footprint – to defy the odds and emerge from the Great Recession stronger than ever.   


BrightFields made its name working on some of Del.’s more recent high-profile, history-making projects, including Wilmington Riverfront redevelopment gems: Penn Cinema, Justison Landing, and the new Delaware Humane Association facility, as well as Dover’s Mirror Lake cutting-edge remediation project fronting Legislative Hall,” said Fleming. “And, of course, the Kalmar Nyckel is a reproduction of the tall ship that made history landing in Wilmington, Del. in 1638 to found the first permanent European settlement in the Delaware Valley.  Today, BrightFields is working on the Kalmar Nyckel’s new education center and shipyard on Wilmington’s Christina River. What better way than a tour of BrightFields’ Kalmar Nyckel shipyard worksite to bid BrightFields’ ‘bon voyage’ as Ms. Young and Mr. Lannan leave for D.C. to represent Del. for SBA’s National Small Business People of the Year title?”

SBA’s ‘2014 Delaware Family Business of the Year’ award will be presented by Tim Furlong, NBC10 Delaware Bureau Reporter, at SBA’s “Celebrate Success” awards ceremony on May 21 at 4:30 p.m. at DuPont Country Club, 1001 Rockland Road, Wilmington, Del. 19803. The May 21 event is a local observance of the annual National Small Business Week, held this year May 12-16, which recognizes the small business community’s contribution to the American economy and culminates in the announcement of the National Small Business Person of the Year.


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

This media alert does not constitute or imply an endorsement by SBA of any opinions, products or services of any private individual or entity.

The SBA is an independent federal agency, created in 1953, to assist small businesses to 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 (7(a) 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 Businesses Development Centers, Women’s Business Centers, and SCORE (Counselors to America’s Small Businesses). For information on all of SBA’s programs and services, visit the Delaware District web site at or call (302)573-6294.