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SBA Announces 2017 District and State of Florida Small Business Week Winners
Jacksonville, FLA. - The U.S. Small Business Administration(SBA) North Florida District Director Wilfredo J. Gonzalez is pleased to announce the winners of SBA's 2017 District and State of Florida Small Business Week Awards.
"Small Business Week is an opportunity for the SBA to recognize the hard-work and accomplishments of small business owners throughout the country. I am pleased to announce the winners in our area. These winners are highly deserving of their respective awards and recognition,” stated Gonzalez.
North Florida District Small Business Person of the Year
Gabriel Ruiz, LTC, USA (Ret)
Advanced IT Concepts, Inc., Winter Springs, Fla.
North Florida District and State of Florida Minority Owned Small Business Person of the Year
Hanan Hamed-Furqan, CEO
THREEZ Company, LLC, Jacksonville, Fla.
North Florida District and State of Florida Small Business Woman-Owned Person of the Year
Sheryl Page, President and CEO
Page One Consultants, Inc., Orlando, Fla.
North Florida District Small Business Advocate of the Year
James Stallings, Managing Partner
PS27 Ventures, Jacksonville, Fla.
North Florida District Small Business Financial Advocate of the Year
Janice Bounds, Vice President of SBA Lending
CBC National Bank, Jacksonville, Fla.
North Florida, State of Florida, and Region IV 8(a) Graduate of the Year
Andrew “Andy” Harold, President
A. Harold and Associates, Jacksonville, Fla.
The 2017 South Florida District and State of Florida Small Business Person of the Year is Paul Morrow, President of South Dade Air Conditioning and Refrigeration based out of Homestead, Fla. For a full list of South Florida winners, please contact Heather Hines at (305) 536-5521 x104.
The 2017 Small Business Week Award Winners from the Jacksonville area will be recognized at the Annual Small Business Week & Lender Awards Celebration on May4, 2017 in Jacksonville at the University of North Florida’s University Center from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. This event is hosted by Janice Donaldson, Regional Director for the Small Business Development Center at the University of North Florida. 2016 Top Lenders will also be recognized at this event.
The Orlando area Small Business Week winners will be honored at a private event hosted by Eunice Choi, Regional Director for the Small Business Development Center at the University of Central Florida, on May 16, 2016, at the Citrus Club.
Each year since 1963, the president has issued a proclamation calling for the celebration of National Small Business Week. National Small Business Week is set as the first week in May, and this year the dates are April 30 – May 6 with national events planned in Washington, D.C., New York City, Indianapolis, Dallas and Fresno, Calif.
For more information about local winners or programs available through the Small Business Administration, please visit the agency Website at www.sba.gov/fl/north or call (904) 443-1900.
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The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 as an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation. We recognize that small business is critical to our economic recovery and strength, to building America's future, and to helping the United States compete in today's global marketplace. Although SBA has grown and evolved in the years since it was established in 1953, the bottom line mission remains the same. The SBA helps Americans start, build and grow businesses. Through an extensive network of field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations, SBA delivers its services to people throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, the U. S. Virgin Islands and Guam.