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SBA Fresno District Office To Honor Local Companies During National Small Business Week

Release Date: 
Monday, April 18, 2022
Release Number: 
Victor Bribiesca – 559.487.5791

FRESNO, CA – The SBA Fresno District office today announced three San Joaquin Valley and Central Coast as 2022’s  outstanding small businesses. These companies will be honored next month during National Small Business Week.

Small Business Person of the Year

Tom Carolan, Owner, Digital Media Marketing, Inc  San Luis Obispo, California

Digital Market Media is a fully remote marketing consulting company with 140 employees full time. The SBDC has served in the area of COVID funding, Human Resource strategies, Growth strategies, and Acquisition strategies.  Digital Market Media provides media buying, advertising, inbound call generation, exclusive lead generation, and live transfer calls.  With insurance and financial services clients world-wide, DMM has achieved an industry leading reputation for the quality of the marketing services it delivers. DMM serves, and has retained since its' founding year, many fortune 500 companies, for example: Mutual of Omaha, Swiss Re, TransAmerica, eHealth, SelectQuote and Prudential.

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JI Garcia Construction, Inc   Fresno, California

J.I. Garcia Construction, Inc. is a licensed (California) General Building and General Engineering Contractor founded in 1982.  The company, owned by Joe Garcia, specializes in Commerical and Institutional Building construction, with an emphasis on Design Build while operating in the private and public sectors.

Exporter of the Year

 REPSCO, Inc.    Modesto, California

REPSCO, Inc. is an independent manufacturer of custom-designed extruded plastic sheet products. Innovation is a tradition at REPSCO, Inc. For over 35 years the Modesto based company has focused on improving every step of the recycling process from sourcing materials to refining their processes to net the highest quality polymers in the post-consumer market. This attention to detail has allowed REPSCO Inc to continuously reduce costs in recycling and to pass those savings on to their customers around the world.

“This year’s National Small Business Week theme, “Building a Better America Through Entrepreneurship,” highlights the resilience, ingenuity, and creativity of these award winners who, like millions of small businesses, faced and overcame unprecedented challenges from the pandemic,” said Dawn Golik, Director of the Fresno SBA District Office which serves the 15 county San Joaquin Valley and Central Coast Region.  “These honorees and all of this region’s small businesses are key to America’s economic strength and success and we are proud to honor them during National Small Business Week.”

National Small Business Week will be observed May 1-7, 2022. It will celebrate our small businesses, provide critical resources and recognize SBA partners for their support in providing startups and small business owners with counseling and advice, skills development, disaster preparedness and recovery, as well as access to capital, government contracting, and market opportunities to start, grow and build resilient businesses. 

About National Small Business Week

For more than 60 years, the President of the United States has issued a proclamation announcing National Small Business Week, which recognizes the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners. More than half of Americans either own or work for a small business, and they create about two out of every three new jobs in the U.S. each year. As part of National Small Business Week, the U.S. Small Business Administration takes the opportunity to highlight the impact of outstanding entrepreneurs, small business owners, and others from all 50 states and U.S. territories. Every day, they’re working to grow small businesses, create 21st century jobs, drive innovation, and increase America’s global competitiveness.

To register for National Small Business Week and for other event information, visit


About the U.S. Small Business Administration
The U.S. Small Business Administration helps power the American dream of business ownership. 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, 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