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Sandra Ledbetter Recognized for Outstanding Public Service

Release Date: 
Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Release Number: 
Norman Eng 617-565-8510

BOSTON – The Small Business Administration (SBA) has named Sandra Ledbetter, Government Sales Advisor for the Mass Small Business Development Center sponsored by UMass Amherst Isenberg School of Management the awardee of the 2016 District Director’s Award.

“The SBA District Director Award is presented annually to a business, individual or entity that stands out amongst the small business community,” said Robert Nelson, SBA Massachusetts District Director.  “Sandra has been leveraging her 20 years of experience in contracting and aerospace sales to prepare small business owners for working with the government. The region is extremely fortunate to have Sandra serving our small business community.”   

Prior to joining PTAC in January 2001, Sandra handled government, export and all U.S. sales east of the Mississippi for a large New England aerospace contractor. She was also responsible for the company’s Small Business Outreach Program and was the appointed Small Business Liaison Officer (SBLO). From 1987 to 1998, Sandra was the director of the SW Michigan PTAC. During her administration, Sandra’s 300 clients reported winning 4,744 government contracts totaling over $173 million. These awards directly created and retained over 4,513 jobs. 

“Working with small businesses is very invigorating,” said Ledbetter.  “Their passion for what they do and the hurdles they face makes me work that much harder to help them succeed in the government marketplace.”

Sandra received a BA in Psychology from Adrian Methodist College located in SE Michigan. She has furthered her education, taking business, computer and government marketing courses from Marquette University (Wisconsin), Eastern & Western Michigan Universities and at numerous community colleges. She has also participated in a one-year leadership training program sponsored by the Kalamazoo County Chamber of Commerce and received certification for completing a national economic development program for business leaders taught by Western Michigan University, Economic Development Institute. Sandra also attended a series of intensive export training sessions taught by the premier Thunderbird Institute. 

Sandra resides in Westborough with her husband, two children and a variety of pets. In her spare time, she and her husband are renovating and landscaping their historic cottage.

Sandra Ledbetter will be honored along with the other Massachusetts Small Business Week 2016 award winners at a luncheon event at the Westborough Doubletree on May 6, 2016.  


About SBA National Small Business Week:

Every year since 1963, the President of the United States has issued a proclamation announcing National Small Business Week, which recognizes the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners.  More than half of Americans either own or work for a small business, and they create about two out of every three new jobs in the U.S. each year.  As part of National Small Business Week, the U.S. Small Business Administration takes the opportunity to highlight the impact of outstanding entrepreneurs, small business owners, and others from all 50 states and U.S. territories.  Every day, they’re working to grow small business, create 21st century jobs, drive innovation, and increase America’s global competitiveness.


About Procurement Technical Assistance Center:

With funding from the U.S. Department of Defense and the Massachusetts Department of Business Development, through the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Isenberg School of Management, the Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) was established in November 1999. Many forms of service are provided to PTAC clients. The most valuable of these services is one-on-one counseling, both during the proposal process and the subsequent contract period. When a client talks to a PTAC specialist, he/she is talking to a member of one of the strongest PTACs in the nation. The Massachusetts PTAC specialists have over 150 years of combined experience, both as government buyers and industry sellers.  For more information on Cape & Plymouth Business, please visit: