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SBA celebrates National Small Business Week with virtual event slated for third week in September

Indiana honors local small businesses and partners for their efforts building a strong economy for residents
Release Date: 
Monday, September 14, 2020
Release Number: 
91420
Advisory Date: 
Monday, September 14, 2020
Contact: 
Laura Schafsnitz, Indiana District Public Affairs

INDIANA– For nearly 60 years, the SBA has held National Small Business Week to honor outstanding entrepreneurs and shine a spotlight on the nation’s small businesses. In 2020, National Small Business Week has gone virtual and will take place the third week in September.

In recognition of National Small Business Week, SBA’s Indiana District has recognized its 2020 area winners. The local winners include:

National Small Business Week

·       Indiana Small Business Person of the Year: Sherri Davis, Paragon Force in Bloomfield

·       8(a) Graduate of the Year: Michele Meyer, CSCI Consulting in Indianapolis

·       Women’s Business Center of the Year: Central Indiana Women’s Business Center, Indianapolis

·       Small Business Development Center of the Year: Central Indiana SBDC, Butler University

“Small businesses in Indiana are the backbone of our state’s economy and employee almost half of its workforce,” said SBA Indiana District Director Stacey Poynter.  “They also bring in much needed revenue through federal contracting, as demonstrated by our Indiana Small Business Person and 8(a) Graduate award winners this year.  Just last year, Indiana small businesses were awarded over $876 million in federal contracts.  This has allowed companies like Paragon Force and CSCI Consulting to thrive; creating new jobs, building stronger communities and improving the quality of life of all who live in Indiana.”

This small business success extends outside state borders.  According to Naval Station Warfare Center Crane (NSWC Crane) Commanding Officer CAPT Duncan McKay, small businesses play a huge role towards achieving the military’s strategic goals.

“Partnerships with small business help us in our mission to support our nation’s warfighters,” said CAPT Duncan McKay, NSWC Crane Commanding Officer. “Being a Women-Owned Small Business, makes it that much more exciting to see Ms. Davis and Paragon Force receive this tremendous honor, right here in our backyard. This well-deserved recognition from the U.S. Small Business Administration is a testament to the strength of the NSWC Crane Innovation Ecosystem and our outstanding partners.”

Along with recognizing the national award winners, including 2020’s National Small Business Person of the Year, this year’s National Small Business Week virtual event will feature business expert presentations, mentoring, and online networking designed to help the nation’s entrepreneurs retool, pivot and recover toward a stronger economy.

For free registration to the virtual conference and additional information on National Small Business Week, visit sba.gov/NSBW and follow #SmallBusiness Week via social media.

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About the U.S. Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration makes the American dream of business ownership a reality. As the only go-to resource and voice for small businesses backed by the strength of the federal government, the SBA empowers entrepreneurs and small business owners with the resources and support they need to start, grow or expand their businesses, or recover from a declared disaster. It delivers services through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. To learn more, visit https://www.sba.gov.

Cosponsorship Authorization #SBW2020. 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.