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New York SBA Office Announces 2019 National Small Business Week Awardees

Winners will be recognized on May 7th at the Microsoft Technology Center in Times Square
Release Date: 
Monday, April 1, 2019
Release Number: 
Bailey Wolff

New York – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will recognize local small business owners and those that support small businesses at an award ceremony in Times Square on May 7th, 2019. Since 1963, SBA – the only economic development agency backed by the full faith and power of the federal government – has celebrated National Small Business Week across the nation to recognize and celebrate entrepreneurs.

SBA Administrator, Linda McMahon, said, “Entrepreneurs are the innovators who take risks on ideas, invest in their communities, and create jobs. Their skills and creativity not only support their own families, but they also make our neighborhoods and cities vibrant places to live and work, fueling our overall economic strength.”

This year’s New York State Small Business Persons of the Year - Christopher Bern, William Freedman and Todd Stewart, founders of Picture Farm Productions in Brooklyn - will compete against other state winners from across the nation for the title of National Small Business Persons of the Year. National winners for this and other categories will be announced in Washington, D.C. on May 5th and 6th, 2019.

Steve Bulger, Regional Administrator of SBA’s Region II, encompassing New Jersey, New York and Puerto Rico/the U.S. Virgin Islands, said that New York Small Businesses represent diverse industries engaged in every sector from the rural regions upstate to the tech and financial centers of New York City.

“The SBA Atlantic Region and our district offices are glad to recognize hard working entrepreneurs for their dedication and commitment to excellence in today’s burgeoning economy.  We are in our 101st month of consecutive job growth and that’s because White House economic policies have translated into small business owners hiring for good paying jobs.  As we celebrate National Small Business Week, the SBA recognizes small businesses as well as the entrepreneurs who make them a success,” Bulger said. 

In SBA’s New York District, which encompasses 14 counties of down-state New York, the agency will hold small business workshops, a lender awards ceremony and twitter campaigns to highlight small businesses throughout the district.

National Small Business Week runs from May 5th to May 11th, 2019. 

Beth Goldberg directs New York SBA’s District Office. She said that while the week will be filled with workshops and events, that the “heart” of National Small Business Week is May 7th’s Award Ceremony at the Microsoft Technology Center in Times Square.

“As a former small business owner myself, I know that running a company often means you sacrifice your social life and you don’t spend enough time with your family,” Goldberg said. “That is why award ceremonies like this are important. It gives these entrepreneurs a chance to be recognized by their peers, by their communities, to take a break from running their companies and tell us how they did it to leave us all inspired.”

The New York District Office will recognize nine (9) National Small Business Week Award winners in 2019. This year’s winners are:

Additionally, Mary Lemmer, “an entrepreneur, recovering venture capitalist, philanthropist, writer and improv comedian” will be presenting at SBA’s ceremony on how improvisational comedy techniques translate into entrepreneurial and leadership skills.

Visit the New York SBA’s event registration page to sign up for this year’s award ceremony.

More information about National Small Business Week is available here.





About the U.S. Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration makes the American dream of business ownership a reality. As the only go-to resource and voice for small businesses backed by the strength of the federal government, the SBA empowers entrepreneurs and small business owners with the resources and support they need to start, grow or expand their businesses, or recover from a declared disaster. It delivers services through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. To learn more, visit