SBA Eastern Penn.’s 2014 Small Business Award Winners Named

Release Date: 
Friday, April 25, 2014
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Advisory Date: 
Thursday, April 24, 2014
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Robert Goza (610) 382-3084 |

PHILADELPHIA – The U.S. Small Business Administration’s Philadelphia District Office announced its 2014 Small Business Week Award Winners Thursday, April 24. SBA mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator, Natalia Olson-Urtecho, and Philadelphia District Director, David Dickson, present the awards with Philadelphia’s NBC10 anchor and consumer reporter Tracy Davidson at the annual “SBA Day at the Ballpark” event on June 12. 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 awards ceremony begins at 10 a.m. June 2 with a luncheon at the “XFINITY Live! Philadelphia” restaurant at 1100 Pattison Ave. followed by a 1:05 p.m. Phillies game at nearby Citizens Bank Park.


Businesses being honored at the 2014 Eastern Pennsylvania Small Business Awards event:

  • Philadelphia District Small Business Person of the Year: Maria Frizelle Roberts, President and CEO, MFR Consultants, Inc., of Philadelphia; nominated by Robin Booth, President of Booth Management Consulting.

  • *Small Business Exporter of the Year Award: EcoTech Marine International, Inc., Allentown, Pa., Patrick L. Clasen, Director of Finance; Justin Lawyer, Director of Research and Development; Timothy M. Marks, Director of Manufacturing, nominated by Cora Landis, Program Director, International Trade Development Program, Lehigh University SBDC. *Philadelphia District and Mid-Atlantic Region Winner 

  • *8A Graduate Of The Year: Irving W. McConnell, CEO, The McConnell Group (TMG), Rockville, Md. *Philadelphia District and Mid-Atlantic Region Winner Philadelphia District Family-Owned Business of the Year Award: Community Marketing Concepts, Allentown, Pa., Linda Chandler, President and CEO, nominated by James Sanders, Director, Minority Business Development Agency’s (MDBA) Business Center Of Philadelphia.

  • Philadelphia District Minority Small Business of the Year: Michael A. Brown, President & CEO, Environmental Construction Services, Inc. of Philadelphia, nominated by Marsha Levell, Alumni & Business Support Manager, Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses, Community College Of Philadelphia.

  • Philadelphia District Veteran Small Business Person of the Year: Sam Coyl, President, Netrepid, Inc., Enola, Pa., nominated by Melissa N. McLaughlin, Director of Business Finance, Harrisburg Regional Chamber of Commerce & CREDC.

  • Philadelphia District Woman-Owned Small Business of the Year: Charliene A. Magaro, owner, Char’s – Tracy Mansion restaurant, Harrisburg, Pa., nominated by Marie Shires, Vice Pres., the Pennsylvania Community Development & Finance Corp and Michele Light, Senior Vice Pres., MileStone Bank.

Every year since 1963, the U.S. Small Business Administration takes the opportunity to highlight the impact of outstanding entrepreneurs, small business owners, and others from across the nation through National Small Business Week. Once again this year, events take place across the country to engage the small business community and highlight their importance as innovators and job creators who strengthen the nation’s economy.


SBA’s National Small Business Week Celebration takes place May 12-16 at locations across the nation. Individuals can register online and find additional information on National Small Business Week events at Aspiring entrepreneurs, small business owners and others are invited to attend the U.S. Small Business Administration’s National Small Business Week events. National Small Business Week culminates in Washington, D.C., where the 2014 National Small Business Person of the Year will be named. Events will also be live-streamed on SBA’s website at


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

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