Hats Off to the Heroes of America: Small Businesses

Advisory Date: 
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Advisory Number: 
16-0427KY
Contact: 
michael.ashcraft@sba.gov

By Cassius F. Butts, Regional Administrator, U.S. Small Business Administration

Every year since 1963, the President has officially designated a National Small Business Week. This is a perfect time for us to renew our commitment to America’s small businesses, the backbone and foundation of the strongest, most resilient economy the world has ever known.

This year, National Small Business Week will be celebrated May 1 – 7, 2016. The theme this year is “Dream Big, Start Small.” Across the country, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will recognize the role small businesses play in building our communities. Small businesses today create two out of every three new private-sector jobs and employ half of the private workforce.

American innovation has sparked ideas that have changed the course of history and improved lives for millions.  At SBA we are determined to ensure these enterprises continue to have the financial tools, resources, and expertise they need to succeed. Every day, SBA is working to grow small businesses, create 21st century jobs, drive innovation, and increase America’s global competitiveness.

We are proud to be hosting one of the National Small Business Week Events right here in the Southeast region.  Day 2 of celebrations will take place in Atlanta, Georgia.  For more information on this event, please visit www.sba.gov/ga. Each event throughout the week will be live streamed through www.sba/gov/nsbw, and Kentucky will celebrate with the award winners listed below at the Capitol Rotunda in Frankfort on Tuesday, May 2.

  • Mr. David Dafoe, Flavorman and the Distilled Spirits Epicenter, Louisville, SBA Kentucky 2016 Small Business Person of the Year, www.flavorman.com
  • Ms. Kathy Mills, Strategic Communications, LLC, Louisville, SBA 2016 Southeast Region 8(a) Graduate of the Year, www.yourstrategic.com
  • Mr. Bill Fensterer, Capital Access Corporation, Louisville, Kentucky 2016 Financial Services Advocate of the Year, www.cac-ky.org 
  • Mr. Harsha Wijesiri, Integrated Engineering, PLLC, Lexington, Kentucky 2016 Minority-Owned Small Business of the Year, www.int-engineering.com 
  • Mr. Scott Matheny, Semper Tek, Inc., Lexington, Kentucky 2016 Veteran-Owned Small Business of the Year, www.sempertekinc.com
  • Ms. Desiree Sloan Harmon, Club Fit Studio, LLC, Paintsville, Kentucky 2016 Woman-Owned Small Business of the Year; www.clubfitstudio.com

The small businesses that are being honored next week represent the unsung heroes of America. Together, let’s seize the opportunity to highlight the impact of outstanding entrepreneurs.