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SBA Celebrates 2016 National Small Business Week Award Winners

“SBA Day at the Ballpark” Awards Ceremony June 8 at XFINITY Live!
Release Date: 
Monday, June 6, 2016
Release Number: 
20160606-001
Contact: 
Robert Goza (610) 382-3084 | robert.goza@sba.gov

EASTERN PENNSYLVANIA – The U.S. Small Business Administration’s Eastern Pennsylvania District Office presents its 2016 Small Business Week Awards at its annual “SBA Day at the Ballpark” networking luncheon event June 8 at 10 a.m., followed by a 1:05 p.m. Phillies game at Citizens Bank Park. Media are invited.

SBA Mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator Natalia Olson-Urtecho and Eastern Pennsylvania Director Antonio (Tony) Leta present the 2016 Small Business Week Awards. The awards ceremony begins at 10 a.m. June 8 with a luncheon at the “XFINITY Live! Philadelphia” restaurant at 1100 Pattison Ave. (Ceremony tickets are available at www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1150475 and at the door   Game tickets are available through www.phillies.com/sbaday). The event is cosponsored by Constant Contact and the U.S. Small Business Administration.

“As a regional and local recognition of the Presidentially-designated National Small Business Week award winners, this event recognizes the achievements of small business and its advocates in eastern Pennsylvania,” said SBA Eastern Pennsylvania District Director Antonio Leta. “Every year the award winners honored at this event have truly distinguished themselves and represent the very best that the eastern Pennsylvania small business community has to offer.”

Businesses being honored at the 2016 Eastern Pennsylvania Small Business Awards events:

  • Eastern Pennsylvania District Small Business Person of the Year: Backyard Ale House, Scranton, Pa.; Patrick Nasser, William Nasser III, Eric Miller and Anthony Potis, Owners; nominated by Gretchen Kukuchka and Leigh Magnotta, University of Scranton Small Business Development Center
  • Pennsylvania Small Business Development Center Excellence and Innovation Award: Bucknell University Small Business Development Center, Lewisburg, Pa.; nominated by Steven Stumbris, Director, Bucknell University SBDC
  • Pennsylvania Small Business Exporter Of The Year Award: Colorfin, LLC, Kutztown, Pa.; Bernadette Ward and Ladd Forsline, Owners; nominated by Martin Brill, Program Manager, International Trade, Kutztown University SBDC
  • Eastern Pennsylvania District Family-Owned Small Business of the Year Award: Buttonwood Campground, Mifflintown, Pa.; Dennis, Nancy, Ryan and Michael McFarland, Owners; nominated by Michael Ryan and Linda Feltman, Business Analysts, Penn State SBDC
  • Eastern Pennsylvania District Minority-Owned Small Business of the Year: Exact Match Masonry Staining, Millerstown, Pa.; Jennifer Gill, President; nominated by Martin Brill, Program Manager, International Trade, Kutztown University SBDC
  • Eastern Pennsylvania District Veteran-Owned Small Business Person of the Year: Gaver Industries, Inc. dba Barker and Barker Paving, Bethlehem, Pa.; John James McGeehan and Gavin John McGeehan, Owners; nominated by Brett Smith, Robert Mineo, David Dunn, Consultants, Lehigh University SBDC
  • Eastern Pennsylvania District Woman-Owned Small Business of the Year: Magnum Group, Inc., Philadelphia, Pa.; Vivian R. Isaak, President; nominated by Geri Swift, President, Women’s Business Development Center
  • Eastern Pennsylvania District Young Entrepreneur of the Year: Pop! Promos, Philadelphia, Pa.; Sterling Wilson, President and Erin Reilly, CEO; nominated by Kelly Shermer, Director of Marketing, Pop! Promos
  • Eastern Pennsylvania District Small Business Champion of the Year: Martin Brill, Program Manager, International Trade, Kutztown University Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
  • SBA National Jody. C. Raskind Mission-Focused Lender of the Year: FINANTA (FINancing And Technical Assistance), Philadelphia, Pa.; President Luis Mora-Rechnitz

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To request an interview or photographs, please contact Robert Goza, SBA’s Public Information Officer in the Philadelphia District Office, at 610-382-3084 or robert.goza@sba.gov.

Cosponsorship Authorization #16-0303-111. SBA’s participation in this cosponsored activity is not an endorsement of the views, opinions, products or services of any cosponsor or other person or entity. All SBA programs and services are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Reasonable arrangements for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact: Robert Goza, 610-382-3084.