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SBA Announces 2018 Small Business Week Winners

Release Date: 
Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Release Number: 
CT 18-06
Moraima Gutierrez (860) 240-4654

HARTFORD, CT – April M. Lukasik, President & CEO of Bright & Early Children’s Learning Centers of No. Branford, CT has been named the U.S. Small Business Administration’s 2018 Connecticut Small Business Person of the Year, SBA’s top award, according to an announcement made by Anne Hunt, SBA’s District Director.

“We are extremely excited to honor a truly amazing line up of small business owners and champions this year, said Anne Hunt, SBA’s Connecticut District Director.  It is important to recognize these outstanding small businesses in the state as they are the job creators, innovators and the fabric of our local communities!”  “We hope the small business community will join the SBA and our host, SCORE for an inspiring awards luncheon on May 3rd in New Haven, CT.”   

2018 Connecticut SBA Honorees:



Company & Town

Region 1 & Connecticut Manufacturer of the Year

Brian Weinstein

CHAPCO - Chester

Region 1 & Connecticut Family-Owned Small Business

Charles Buck Jr.,

Buck’s Spumoni Company, Inc., - Milford

Exporter of the Year

Dennis Nash

Control Station Inc., - Manchester

Woman-Owned Small Business  

Erin Emmons

Lucky Taco Cantina and Tap Room - Manchester

Minority-Owned Small Business

Marilyn Ortiz

Borinquen Bakery – New Britain

Veteran Owned Business of the Year

Nicholas W. Wright

Unlimited Fun LLC., - Prospect

Home-Based Business of the Year

Linda Longobardi

ReGift the Wrap, LLC., - Glastonbury

Young Entrepreneur of the Year

Alyssa DeMatteo

Wildflour Confections - Seymour

CT Microenterprise Award

Stefanie Toise

At Once LLC., - Vernon

Financial Services Champion

Aaron M. Bohigan

Webster Bank - Hartford


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.  This year, the dates are April 30-May 4, 2018 with national events planned in Washington, D.C., and other states in the nation.  The slate of leading small business owners in Connecticut will be honored at the Annual Small Business Week Awards Luncheon at Anthony’s Ocean View in New Haven on May 3rd.  To attend our event please register at:  For more information and a complete list of events during the week of April 30 – May 4, 2018 please visit our website: