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SBA to Honor Small Businesses via National Virtual Event and Local Awards and Training Events across the Great Lakes Region in September

Release Date: 
Thursday, September 10, 2020
Reda Taleb,

MICHIGAN – 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, which now total more than 30 million. In 2020, National Small Business Week has gone virtual and will take place the third week in September. U.S. Small Business Administration Administrator Jovita Carranza will highlight it via a national Recovery, Adaptation and Innovation virtual conference Sept. 22 to 24 with an emphasis on how small businesses have pivoted and retooled in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

“I am thrilled to host SBA’s virtual National Small Business Week ceremony and provide this opportunity to recognize inspiring entrepreneurs from across the country for their innovation, and in many cases this year, resilience,” said SBA Administrator Carranza. “This year, we will spotlight America’s outstanding small businesses and their stories of perseverance and their ability to pivot and overcome adversity. This event will also feature many educational forums that will inspire entrepreneurs around the country as they recover and sustain their operations.”

National Small Business Week, typically held in May with in-person award ceremonies in Washington, D.C., is a tribute to the nation’s small businesses, many of which are veteran-, women- and minority-owned, for their achievements and dedication to their communities. Along with recognizing the national award winners, including 2020’s National Small Business Person of the Year, this year’s national 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.

“America’s small business owners exemplify the epitome of persistence every day and have done so more than ever throughout this COVID-19 pandemic. It is only fitting that during this time, SBA’s National Small Business Week celebrates their contributions to our nation and we reinforce our endless commitment to empowering those who help create jobs and drive America’s economy,” said SBA Great Lakes Regional Administrator Rob Scott.

SBA’s Michigan District recognized its 2020 area winners at the 2020 Michigan Celebrates event, earlier this summer in July. In recognition of National Small Business Week, the office will host virtual trainings for microlenders. The local winners included:

  • Michigan Small Business Person of the Year: Nate McFadden, Elevated Technologies Inc. in Grand Rapids
  • Exporter of the Year: Andrew Nickodemus, Redi-Rock International in Charlevoix
  • 8(a) Graduate of the Year: Amarjit Singh Sidhu, Advanced Environmental Management Group, LLC in Plymouth
  • Women’s Business Center of the Year: Great Lakes Women’s Business Council in Livonia
  • Small Business Development Center of the Year: Ed Garner, West Michigan SBDC in Grand Rapids

“I am honored to celebrate and recognize the resilience of Michigan’s small businesses throughout all 83 counties in our great state. Their ability to adapt their services and products to the changing needs during this COVID-19 pandemic illustrates that resilience and underscores their invaluable contributions locally and nationally,” said SBA Michigan District Director Constance Logan.

National Small Business Week also will recognize small business advocates for their involvement in disaster recovery, government contracting and their support for small businesses and their owners. Awards will be presented to SBA partners in financial and entrepreneurial development, including top SCORE Chapter, Small Business Development Center, Women’s Business Center, and Veterans Business Outreach Center.

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

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

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