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SBA Announces Eastern Missouri Small Business Week Winners

Release Date: 
Monday, March 21, 2011
Release Number: 
Local Release 11-4
Advisory Date: 
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Advisory Number: 
Nicki Massie,, (314) 539-6600 x229

ST. LOUIS, MO – The SBA St. Louis District Office would like to announce the Eastern Missouri winners for Small Business Week 2011. Small Business Week of Eastern Missouri will be celebrated May 9 - 14, 2011 with events throughout the metropolitan area celebrating small businesses.

*Small Business Team of the Year--Elizabeth Pecha-Poelker, CEO; Steve Baum, President; and Jeff Feeney, General Manager of PrintFlex Graphics Inc., St. Louis

*SBA Young Entrepreneur of the Year--Derek Weber, President and Brandon Dempsey, Partner of goBRANDgo!, St. Louis

*Financial Services Champion of the Year--Richard M. Palank, Senior Vice President of Business Finance of St. Louis County Economic Council, St. Louis

*Home-Based Business Champion of the Year--Suzanne M. Lunnemann, Accountant and Owner of Lunnemann Accounting Services, LLC, Kirkwood

*Minority Small Business Champion of the Year--Robert J. Peters, Senior Associate of Dungy, Peters & Associates, LLC, St. Louis

*Veteran Small Business Champion of the Year--Jeremy P. Amick, Assistant Director of Missouri U.S. Department of Labor, Veterans' Employment and Training Service, Jefferson City

*Women in Business Champion of the Year--Dorothy Gaynor Lockard, President of Dietrich Lockard Group, Inc., St. Louis

Suzanne Lunnemann and Jeremy Amick advanced to become SBA Region VII winners—which includes the states of Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, and Nebraska.

Further information about Eastern Missouri Small Business Week can be found at and further information about National Small Business Week which runs May 18 – 20, 2011 can be found at
Please join the SBA and the Small Business Week of Eastern Missouri in congratulating our local winners and wish our regional winners success at the national level.

For further information about any of the Eastern Missouri Small Business Week winners or events, please contact Nicki Massie or Patti Guttmann (314) 539-6600 x255 or

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