SBA Houston Honors Top Small Businesses

Winners to be formally recognized in Houston, Texas on May 8th
Release Date: 
Friday, March 22, 2019
Release Number: 
HDO 19-03
Contact: 
Charles Abell charles.abell@sba.gov

HOUSTON – The best small business owners are being honored as the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) elite during the 2019 annual awards recognition.  SBA Houston District Director Tim Jeffcoat proudly announced this week that Christi and Ragan Bond of Independence Coffee LLC, are the top small business in the Houston District.

“We are very proud of this selection as they represent rural Texas and the American Dream. They rose above many urban competitors with their desire to succeed and entrepreneurial spirit. I look forward to honoring their achievement publicly during the Small Business Awards Luncheon on May 8, 2019,” said SBA District Director Tim Jeffcoat.

This year there were 48 nominees in nine categories. The Small Business Person of the Year and 8(a) Graduate of the Year went on to the SBA Region 6 competition and were selected all-state for Texas. SBA Region 6 includes six districts in Texas along with Arkansas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and New Mexico.

Each year since 1963, the president has issued a proclamation calling for the celebration of a National Small Business Week. “Entrepreneurs are the innovators who take risks on ideas, invest in their communities, and create jobs.  Their skills and creativity not only support their own families, but they also make our neighborhoods and cities vibrant places to live and work, fueling our overall economic strength. These small business owners best represent the nation’s 30 million small businesses and I look forward to welcoming the winners to Washington, D.C. in May when they are officially honored for their accomplishments,” said Administrator Linda McMahon, head of the SBA.

National Small Business Week is set as the first week in May, and this year the dates are May 5 – May 11, 2019.  The Houston Small Business Awards Luncheon, sponsored by SCORE Houston, will be held at the Westin Galleria on May 8, 2019.  The event will kick off at 9 a.m. with a workshop before the luncheon. SBA Administrator, Linda McMahon, will visit from
Washington, D.C. for a special appearance at the awards event. The emcee of the ceremony will be Bob Charlet, the president of the Houston Business Journal. The keynote speaker will be Scott McClelland, the Chairman of the Greater Houston Partnership and president of H-E-B.

For more information about the event, visit www.houston.score.org or call SCORE at (713) 487-6565.

 

2019 Small Business Persons of the Year Winners

Small Business Person of the Year         

Christi Bond                                         

Co-Founder/President                                       

Ragan Bond

Co-Founder/Vice President

Independence Coffee

Brenham, TX

 

Small Business Entrepreneur Success of the Year           

Michael G. Scheurich, Founder/CEO

Arch-Con Corporation

Houston, TX

 

Family Owned Small Business of the Year                      

Janet and Robert Jucker                                                                            

Co-Owners

Three Brothers Bakery

Houston, TX

 

8(a) Graduate of the Year                     

Denise Navarro

President/CEO

Logical Innovations, Inc.

Houston, TX

 

Veterans Champion of the Year

Kevin Doffing                                                                                                               

President                                                                     

Sam’s Safety Equipment                                                

Houston, TX

 

Financial Services Champion of the Year

Richard Gianni

Senior Executive VP

LiftFund

Houston, TX

 

Minority Small Business Champion of the Year

Estella Gonzalez                                   

Assistant Director of Economic Opportunity                                                        

BakerRipley

Houston, TX

 

Women in Business Champion of the Year        

Nancy Opoku Mensah                                                   

Founder/CEO                                                   

Triumphant Women Inc.

Houston, TX

 

Home-Based Business Champion of the Year     

Jasmin Augustin                                    

Benefits Specialist                                             

LegalShield Independent Associate

Houston, TX

 

For more information regarding National Small Business Week, please visit: https://www.sba.gov/nsbw

 

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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 www.sba.gov

 

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