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Five Small Business Owners from Oregon and Southwest Washington Honored by SBA Portland District Office During National Small Business Week May 5-11, 2019

Release Date: 
Tuesday, May 7, 2019

PORTLAND, Ore. – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Portland District Office announces the winners of its annual awards program, part of National Small Business Week May 5-11, 2019.

“The spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship in our small business community is part of what makes life in the Pacific Northwest so special,” SBA Portland District Director Martin Golden said. “These entrepreneurs represent the thousands of small business owners who dedicate themselves to building a better life for their families, employees and communities.”

2019 winners from the SBA Portland District Office include the following:

Small Business Person of the Year
Marshall Doyle, president of Cal-Cert Company

Clackamas, Oregon
Small Business Person of the Year winners from 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Guam will converge in                                            Washington,D.C. May 5-6 when one of them will be selected as the National Small Business Person of the Year. Read more about Doyle.

8(a) Graduate of the Year
Kim Erion, president of LKE Corporation

Washougal, Washington
The SBA 8(a) Business Development Program is a nine-year government contracting certification to provide a level playing field for small sinesses owned by socially and economically disadvantaged people or entities. The regional winner is one of 10 finalists for the SBA National 8(a) Graduate of the Year award. Read more about Erion.

SBA Portland District Family-Owned Small Business of the Year
Wanda Williford, Owner of Native American Technology Corporation (NATECH)

North Bend, Oregon
Read more about Williford. 

SBA Portland District Nano Business of the Year
Bryan Lang, CEO of Whole Body Health Physical Therapy

Portland, Oregon
The Nano Business of the year honors a business with five or less employees operating for at least one year that is growing rapidly and poised for even more significant growth in the future. Read more about Lang.

SBA Portland District Small Business Champion
Alvin R. Elbert, president of A.R.E. Manufacturing

Newberg, Oregon
The SBA Portland District Business Champion Award honors individuals, organizations or businesses that promote and aid small businesses. Read more about Elbert.

"National Small Business Week is a time to recognize the impact of small businesses, which make up 99 percent of all businesses in the Pacific Northwest and create two out of every three net new jobs,” SBA Regional Administrator Jeremy Field said. “Small business owners represent our country’s best. They are innovators, job creators and community leaders. Shining a spotlight on their inspirational stories and journeys is an honor.”

A celebration honoring local SBA winners from Oregon and the SBA Portland District – which serves Oregon and southwest Washington, was conducted at the Portland Art Museum May 2.

Each year since 1963, the President has issued a proclamation calling for the celebration of National Small Business Week. SBA recognizes outstanding small business owners for their personal successes and contributions to our nation.

For more information about National Small Business Week, visit


About the U.S. Small Business Administration

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, grow or expand their businesses, or recover from a declared disaster. It delivers services through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. To learn more, visit The Portland District Office serves Oregon and southwest Washington with an office located in Portland.