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Newark's Soffrito's Italian Grill is SBA 2014 Del. Woman-Owned Small Business of the Year

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Advisory Date: 
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
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Jennifer Pilcher |302-573-6294, ext. 222 |

Agency’s Delaware Director to Recognize Restaurant’s Job Growth, Excellence at May 15 Restaurant Tour

WILMINGTON, DEL. – SBA’s Delaware District Director John Fleming will officially introduce the agency’s Delaware Woman-Owned Business of the Year, Soffrito’s Italian Grill, at the  newly-expanded restaurant on May 15 at 10 a.m. The event is open to media.

WHO: John Fleming, District Director, U.S. SBA Delaware District Office
Stefania Panza, Owner and Managing Member, Soffrito’s Italian Grill
WHAT: Soffrito’s Italian Grill introduced as SBA’s 2014 Woman-Owned
Small Business of the Year for Delaware, followed by tour of the newly-expanded restaurant
WHEN: May 15, 2014 at 10:00 a.m.
WHERE: Soffrito’s Italian Grill, 1130 Capital Trail, Newark, Del., 19711

Since 2004, Stefania Panza has grown her Kirkwood Highway restaurant, Soffritto’s Italian Grill, into an acclaimed dining destination. With that growth, the restaurant has doubled its employee roster, logged steady sales volume increases, despite the Great Recession’s toll on the restaurant industry, and become a Delaware favorite. Soffritto’s has been named the Best Italian Restaurant in the world outside of Italy by Ospitaliata Italiana (a prestigious international title awarded in Rome, Italy) and the Best Italian Restaurant in Delaware by Delaware Today Magazine. Most recently, Panza dramatically expanded the restaurant with SBA-backed financing. 

SBA’s ‘2014 Delaware Woman-Owned Small Business of the Year’ award will be presented by Tim Furlong, NBC10 Delaware Bureau Reporter, at SBA’s “Celebrate Success” awards ceremony on May 21 at 4:30 p.m. at DuPont Country Club, 1001 Rockland Road, Wilmington, Del. 19803. The May 21 event is a local observance of the annual National Small Business Week, held this year May 12-16, which recognizes the small business community’s contribution to the American economy and culminates in the announcement of the National Small Business Person of the Year.


To request an interview or photographs, please contact Jennifer Pilcher, the SBA’s Public Information Officer in the Delaware District Office, at 302-573-6294, ext. 222 or

This media alert does not constitute or imply an endorsement by SBA of any opinions, products or services of any private individual or entity.

The SBA is an independent federal agency, created in 1953, to assist small businesses to start, grow, and prosper. The SBA provides financial assistance by: (1) making loans to help families and businesses recover from national disasters and (2) providing loan guarantees to commercial financial institutions for working capital (7(a) loans), buildings/land/equipment (504 loans through the Certified Development Corporations), and for exports. Through our resource partners, the SBA also offers a variety of business development programs and services such as training, government contracting and export assistance. SBA resource partners include Small Businesses Development Centers, Women’s Business Centers, and SCORE (Counselors to America’s Small Businesses). For information on all of SBA’s programs and services, visit the Delaware District web site at or call (302)573-6294.