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Lynnwood Lender Named 2017 SBA Seattle District Financial Services Advocate of the Year

Addie Roberge Takes Top Honors, Celebration to Recognize All Local SBA Award Winners May 2
Release Date: 
Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Contact: 
Lisa White lisa.white@sba.gov (206) 553-7050

SEATTLE – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) 2017 Seattle District Financial Services Advocate of the Year is Addie Roberge, an SBA commercial lender with Heritage Bank in Lynnwood, Washington.

Revered as an expert source of SBA loan program information, Roberge has dedicated not only her professional time, but much of her personal time to the betterment of small businesses throughout the Pacific Northwest. In addition to her daily duties, Roberge has partnered with a number of local organizations, presents at a number of workshops and actively engages small business owners to ensure they have the resources they need for success.

“Ensuring small business owners have access to financial resources is one of our top priorities at the SBA,” SBA Seattle District Director Kerrie Hurd said. “Addie does the same thing by actively seeking out partnerships and volunteering her time outside of her daily job, which is something that deserves to be recognized and celebrated.”

The SBA Financial Services Advocate Award – part of National Small Business Week in May – recognizes someone who assists small businesses through advocacy efforts to increase the availability of accounting or financial services for small businesses outside of their regular duties.

“It was such an honor to hear I had even been nominated for this award, so when I received the call from SBA, I nearly jumped through the roof,” Roberge said. “I couldn’t be more delighted to receive the Financial Services Advocate of the Year Award, as it’s for doing something I truly enjoy.”

Roberge partners with Washington Small Business Development Centers, SCORE, a Small Business Accelerator Group, the Center for Inclusive Entrepreneurship, Impact Hub and Economic Alliance of Snohomish County to deliver up-to-date financial access information and training. She regularly presents at SBA workshops and participates in a number of local community roundtables focused on small business. She also participates in the March of Dimes as a family ambassador.

“National Small Business Week is a time to recognize the impact small business has on our country,” Hurd said. “It’s a chance to celebrate the dedicated, hard-working small business owners and advocates who are using innovation to create jobs and make a difference in our local communities.”

A celebration honoring local SBA winners from Washington and the SBA Seattle District – which serves Washington and northern Idaho – will be May 2. Other SBA local awards that will be recognized at the celebration include Small Business Person of the Year, 8(a) Graduate of the Year, Exporter of the Year, Encore Entrepreneur, Family-Owned Small Business of the Year and Small Business Advocate of the Year.

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

This year, National Small Business Week is April 30-May 6. For more information about National Small Business Week, visit www.sba.gov/nsbw.  

About the SBA Seattle District Office:

The SBA Seattle District serves the state of Washington and northern Idaho with locations in Seattle and Spokane, Washington. SBA Seattle District staff provide resources and services in three areas referred to as “the three C’s” – counseling, capital and contracting. Visit www.sba.gov/wa for more information including resource partners, lenders, workshops, success stories and other resources to help business start, grow and succeed.

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