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“SBA Day At The Ballpark” Awards Ceremony Celebrates Eastern Pa. 2016 Small Business Award Winners on June 8

Release Date: 
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Release Number: 
20160524-001
Contact: 
Robert Goza (610) 382-3084 | robert.goza@sba.gov

EASTERN PENNSYLVANIA – The U.S. Small Business Administration’s Eastern Pennsylvania District Office celebrates its 2016 Small Business Week Award Winners at the annual “SBA Day at the Ballpark” event on June 8. SBA Mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator Natalia Olson-Urtecho and Eastern Pennsylvania Director Antonio (Tony) Leta will present the awards. The event is open to the media.

“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 Olson-Urtecho, who will also be the event’s keynote speaker. “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.”

The annual “SBA Day at the Ballpark” awards event begins at 10 a.m. on June 8 with a networking luncheon at “XFINITY Live! Philadelphia” at 1100 Pattison Ave. Tickets available: www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1150475. The awards event is followed by a 1:05 p.m. Phillies game at nearby Citizens Bank Park. (Tickets available: www.phillies.com/sbaday. The event is cosponsored by Constant Contact and the U.S. Small Business Administration.

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

  •  SBA National Jody C. Raskind Mission-Focused Lender Award: FINANTA, Philadelphia, Pa.; Luis E. Mora Rechnitz, President.
  • Eastern Pennsylvania District Small Business Person of the Year: Backyard Ale House, Scranton, Pa.; Patrick Nasser, Owner; William Nasser III, Owner; Eric Miller, Owner; Anthony  Potis, Owner; 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.; 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 Small Business Champion of the Year: Martin Brill, Program Manager, International Trade, Kutztown University Small Business Development Center.
  • 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

SBA’s Eastern Pennsylvania Small Business Award winners are selected annually from among nominees located across Pennsylvania’s eastern 40 counties. These events are local observances of the annual Presidentially-designated National Small Business Week. National Small Business Week recognizes the small business community’s contribution to the American economy.

SBA is a Cabinet-level agency of the federal government that helps Americans start, build and grow small businesses. Through an extensive network of field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations, SBA delivers its services to people throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam. National Small Business Week is an annual event organized by SBA to recognize the achievements of the top small businesses in the nation and recognizes the small business community’s contribution to the American economy.

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To request interviews or photos, contact Robert Goza, SBA’s Public Information Officer in the Eastern Pennsylvania 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.