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King County Entrepreneur Named 2014 SBA Washington Minority Champion for Small Business

Release Date: 
Thursday, May 15, 2014
Release Number: 
SDOPR 14-08
Advisory Number: 
Sherry Mina (206) 553-7316

Frank Lemos of LDC, Inc. Takes Top Honors,
Celebration Recognizing Winners May 8 at Museum of Flight, Boeing Field

SEATTLE – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) 2014 Washington Minority Champion for Small Business is Frank Lemos, president of LDC. Inc. in Woodinville, Wash.

The SBA Minority Champion Award for Small Business recognizes individuals who volunteer their time to advance minority small business interests; demonstrate efforts to improve conditions in the minority small business community; provide professional services to the minority small business community; demonstrate accomplishments in advising minority small business groups; and advocate for minority small business interests.

“The SBA has several programs to support the growth and development of minority small businesses, but we cannot do it alone and depend on business leaders like Frank Lemos,” said Nancy Porzio, SBA Seattle district director. “Through his many positions on key boards and committees, he is a passionate voice for the minority business community while providing sound counsel to individual business owners.”

Lemos started his l civil engineering company in 2003, specializing in land development consulting. Like many businesses, LDC was affected by the 2007 downturn in the economy causing Lemos to rebrand his company and extend the company client base by adding two additional services. Today, LDC is one of the fastest growing minority-owned businesses in the Northwest with a growth rate of approximately 300 percent.

However, seeing he wasn’t the only business impacted by the recession, Lemos became an avid supporter of minority and disadvantaged businesses. He has since taken an active leadership role by serving as chair on many committees including the Washington Office of Minority and Women Business Enterprises (OMWBE) Advisory Committee, the Governor’s Minority Business Policy Summit, the Washington Minority Business Advisory Council, and was appointed in 2013 by Governor Inslee as Commissioner of Economic Development to the Commission on Hispanic Affairs, among activity with other organizations.

“I appreciate the opportunity that SBA has created in recognizing those who advocate for women and minority small business who provide enormous contribution to America’s economy,” Lemos said.

The SBA 2014 Washington Minority Champion for Small Business was recognized at a local awards ceremony event May 8 in conjunction with National Small Business Week May 12-16.

“National Small Business Week is a time to recognize the impact small business has on our country,” said SBA Regional Administrator Calvin Goings. “It’s a chance to celebrate the dedicated, hard-working small business owners who are making a difference in their communities.”

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.


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