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SBA Annual Award Winners Announced

St. James based business takes top award
Release Date: 
Friday, March 17, 2017
Release Number: 
Trish Freeland 314-539-6606

Philip Cohen, founder and CEO of Cohen Architectural Woodworking, has been named 2017 Small Business Person of the Year, the St. Louis District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration announced Friday.

“This is one of the best parts of my job,” SBA St. Louis District Director Maureen Brinkley said. “Starting a small business takes so much sacrifice and hard work and to be able to recognize those who give it their all and reach the top of the their game is the highlight of my year.”

For more than 50 years, SBA has recognized the outstanding achievements of America’s small businesses for their contributions in their local communities, and to the nation’s economy. Every day they’re working to grow small businesses, create 21st century jobs, drive innovation, and increase America’s global competitiveness.

Other winners are:

Technology Small Business of the Year: CEdge, Sekhar Prabhaker-Founder

Home-Based Small Business of the Year: All Solutions Inc., Michelle Sherod

Minority-Owned Small Business of the Year: Geodata IT, LLC, Justin Bennett

Woman-Owned Small Business of the Year: Lalo Salon, Angela Lorenz

Veteran-Owned Small Business of the Year:  The Range, John Henderson-Founder

Rural Small Business of the Year: Geisert Farms, Katherine Geisart

Small Business Exporter of the Year:  BeWell Health, LLC (DBA Nasopure)

Start-up Business of the Year: Hey, Dollcakes, Connie Nyland

Winners will be honored at an awards luncheon during Small Business Week in May.


About the Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 and since January 13, 2012 has served as a Cabinet-level 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.  The SBA helps Americans start, build and grow businesses.  Through an extensive network of field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations, the SBA delivers its services to people throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam.