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Local Leader Named the state of Washington Women in Business Advocate for 2015

Release Date: 
Monday, May 4, 2015
Release Number: 
SDOPR 15-08
Contact: 
Matthew Williams, 206-553-7315

Laurie Roth-Donnell, Manager at the Inland Northwest Women’s Business Center, was named the Women’s Advocate of the Year 2015 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.

The SBA Women in Business Advocate Award recognizes individuals who advocate for and increase business opportunities for women above and beyond the call of their professional duties.

Roth-Donnell has been in the career field of long term capital to small businesses for more than 20 years and assisted in the delivery of more than $50 million in SBA guaranteed loans. She was nominated for the award by her peers as one of the recognized leading experts in her field.

Laurie was recognized for her work as the manager at the Women’s Business Center, focusing on 7(a) and 504 loans and 8(a) contracts, as well as helping women-owned small businesses.

 She offered counseling regarding many different aspects of owning a small business, with a strong emphasis on networking and negotiation for more than 200 clients.  She recently assisted in the creation of a quarterly newsletter reaching over 500 recipients.

“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 Laurie Roth-Donnell in our financial community is critical to the success of our state’s economy. We are truly grateful for her work in the small business community.”

Having dedicated over 20 years to her local small-business community, she is both an inspirational leader and a strategic thinker, realizing success in the business community by working in the areas of marketing, business lending, management and entrepreneurship.

“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.