SBA Celebrates 2015 Small Business Week Award Winners

Release Date: 
Friday, May 8, 2015
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PORTLAND – This week the SBA celebrated the 2015 Small Business Week winners at its annual luncheon and awards gala. Two hundred guests assembled to laud the achievements of small business owners across the state of Oregon, representing manufacturing, retail, and services industry accomplishments. Lenders and providers of small business technical assistance were also highlighted for outstanding contributions to the local economy.


The 2015 Small Business Award Winners:


  • David Nelson, president of Design Craft Door, Inc. (Damascus, OR) was named this year’s Rising Star Award for triumph in the face of adversity after a fire in 2006 found him rebuilding his business virtually from scratch. It took time and energy to recover, but with strong support from family and friends, and an SBA loan guarantee, David has reestablished Design Craft Door as a thriving business. Design Craft Door is leaner, better equipped, and even more resilient after David’s perseverance in making a comeback.


  • Nancy Fedelem was selected to receive the Small Business Spirit Award for her business Salty’s Dog and Cat Shop (N. Portland) sister shop to Fang and Feather. Nancy’s business prowess teamed with assistance from the Portland Community College CLIMB Small Business Development Center has led her to expand her retail business and floor space. A steadfast contributor to both the Mississippi and Kenton Business Associations, Nancy’s commitment to the business community, pets, and their owners, makes her a standout entrepreneur and truly ‘spirited’ small business owner.  Nancy is a graduate of the Retail SBDC Small Business Management program.


  • Marks Brothers, Inc. (Boring, OR) under the leadership of Nathan Marks, was recognized as the Family-Owned Business of the Year. The metal fabrication company, founded in 1946, offers a diverse array of metal product solutions, from electronics-supporting components to major pipeline development. Defying so many odds associated with family-owned business, Marks Brothers has transitioned now to the next generation in good form. The company’s financials and business development efforts are as strong as ever, with promise for future growth. Marks Brothers has worked with the staff at Clackamas Community College Small Business Development Center for licensing and business expansion assistance.


  • Sadie Lincoln, co-owner and founder of Barre3 (N. Portland) was named Community Impact Award Business Owner of the Year. Sadie demonstrates community impact, both through the strength of the Barre3 business franchise model which creates livelihood and employment in communities across the world, and also through the organization’s holistic body-nutrition wellness approach, striving to invest in and facilitate healthier and happier community members. While originating in Portland, Barre3 now sustains 80 locations, and is present in 68 countries.


  • Robert Powell (Prineville, OR) earned the Portland District title of 2015 Small Business Person of the Year. His metal fabrication and structural steel company, FAB-TECH, Mfg., exhibits characteristics of strong financial stability, staying power, potential for scalable growth, and commitment to community. FAB-TECH manufacturing has matured considerably in the last five years, seizing opportunities to customize services offered to meet consumer needs. The ability of the firm to be nimble and create innovative solutions, has led to large scale project support for local and nationwide construction—including support in the build-out of Facebook data centers, 10 Barrel Brewing Company, and structural solutions for the world’s largest ferris wheel in Las Vegas, NV. FAB-TECH is a repeat SBA loan client, seeking the benefits of a variety of loan guarantee products.



2015 Champions of Small Business

  • Carol McIntyre, Deputy for Small Business at the Portland District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, was recognized for outstanding contributions in facilitating access to federal government contracting for local small business owners.


  • Kevin Leahy and the team at the Small Business Development Center at Clatsop Community College shared in the recognition as this year’s Small Business Development Center of Excellence and Innovation. In addition to the local SBA award, Clatsop CC SBDC also captured recognition in the same category by SBA Region X, covering Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington.


2015 Lending Awards

7a Lenders of the Year

(Loan Volume) U.S. Bank with $39.2 million, 274 units

(Dollar Amount) Wells Fargo with $42.4 million, 104 units


504 Lender of the Year

Evergreen Business Capital $39.9 million, 51 units