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Kitsap Bank Lender Named the state of Washington 2015 Veteran Small Business Advocate of the Year

Release Date: 
Monday, May 4, 2015
Release Number: 
SDOPR 15-10
Matthew Williams, 206-553-7315

Kitsap Bank Lender Named the state of Washington 2015 Veteran Small Business Advocate of the Year

Janie Sacco with Kitsap Bank was named the 2015 Veteran Small Business Advocate of the year by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), Seattle District Office at an awards gala at the Museum of Flight in Seattle, Wash., on April 30, 2015.

Janie Sacco is, to the banking world, a veteran herself.

Having been in the industry since 1975, it is no surprise that her vast and intricate knowledge has earned her the award.

She has made helping military veterans a top priority while generating business loans for small businesses throughout the state of Washington since 1988.

“Ensuring small businesses have access to capital is one of the three primary areas on which the SBA focuses,” said District Director Nancy Porzio. “Having leaders like Janie Sacco in our financial industry is critical to the success of our state’s economy. We are truly grateful for her work in the small business community.”

For many years Sacco has been a strong advocate for the SBA. Her focus has been on woman, minority, veteran-owned small businesses and non-profits. She currently works at Kitsap Bank, a woman-owned bank serving the greater Puget Sound market for more than 106 years.

She has also worked with SBA, SCORE and the Veteran Business Outreach Center (VBOC) programs providing financial education classes.

Janie has volunteered to teach veteran-business owners in the South Sound communities at Clover Park Technical College in the evenings. And, she has volunteered to teach financial education at the Everett, Whidbey Island, Bremerton and Bangor Navy bases in conjunction with SBA’s Boots-to-Business program.

“National Small Business Week is a time to recognize the impact small businesses has on our country,” said 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.