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SBA Names Eastern Pa. 2014 Small Business Person Of Year

Advisory Date: 
Monday, June 9, 2014
Advisory Number: 
Robert Goza (610) 382-3084 |

Maria Frizelle Roberts of MFR Consultants, Inc. introduced June 10th

PHILADELPHIA – U.S. SBA Philadelphia District Director David Dickson officially introduces Eastern Pennsylvania’s Small Business Person of the Year, Maria Frizelle Roberts, President and CEO of MFR Consultants, Inc. June 10 at 1 p.m. Media are invited to attend.


WHO:       David Dickson, U.S. SBA Philadelphia District Director

                Maria Frizelle Roberts, President & CEO of MFR Consultants, Inc.

                Robin Booth, President, Booth Management Consulting

WHAT:    Maria Frizelle Roberts, President & CEO of MFR Consultants, Inc. introduced as 2014 Eastern Pennsylvania Small Business Person of the Year; media tour of business with interview and photo opportunities

WHEN:    June 10th at 1 p.m.

WHERE: 128 Chestnut St., Atrium at Olde City, Terrace Level, Philadelphia, PA 19106

“It’s wonderful to have the opportunity to recognize the achievements of the Eastern Pennsylvania small business community leaders like Maria,” said David Dickson, U.S. SBA Philadelphia District Director. “Small businesses like MFR Consultants are where the rubber meets the road, helping drive our nation’s economic recovery. SBA and our lending and resource partners are proud to play a role in helping them start and succeed.”

Roberts founded MFR Consultants, Inc. of Philadelphia more than 25 years ago. The company has since evolved into a firm specializing in business advisory and information technology services, providing technical, management and operations support to government, transportation, defense and public safety, health and human services, life sciences, energy and environment, and education industries across the country. Roberts was nominated by Robin Booth, President of Booth Management Consulting.

“Receiving the ‘Small Business Person of the Year Award’ is an honor.  It’s a wonderful feeling to be recognized for work that I wake up every day excited to do,” Roberts said.  “My goal for the company has always been to find creative ways to bring about change and to solve problems for our clients.  It’s what sets us apart, along with our deep understanding of the public sector which we gained over the past 25 years.  Working with the SBA Philadelphia District Office and utilizing the services and assistance that they offer to small businesses has been nothing but a great experience.  When the time came for MFR to expand its client base into the federal arena, the SBA provided invaluable expertise and advice.”

In 2005, MFR turned to SBA Preferred Lending Partner Citizen’s Bank of Pennsylvania for a $100,000 SBA-guaranteed loan. The firm has grown from its beginnings in 1989 as a sole proprietorship into a corporation that has more than quadrupled its number of employees since 2011 from 10 to 44, enabling MFR to keep pace with the growing demand for the company’s services. MFR is also an SBA 8(a) Business Development Program participant.

“MFR remains driven by the values of strong ethics and hard work,” Booth said. “She gains daily inspiration from her mother and late father and she strives to incorporate her strong values and work ethic into her business mission and everyday approach. Maria has created a company that for more than two decades has committed to a number of diverse and rewarding projects that demonstrate the core of who they are – fresh ideas, creativity, and innovation that drive the best outcomes for their clients.”

SBA’s nine-year 8(a) Business Development Program helps socially and economically disadvantaged individuals develop and grow their businesses through one-on-one counseling, training workshops and management and technical guidance. The program also provides access to government contracting opportunities, allowing firms to become solid competitors in the federal marketplace.

SBA mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator, Natalia Olson-Urtecho, and Philadelphia District Director, David Dickson, present the 2014 Small Business Week awards with Philadelphia’s NBC10 anchor and consumer reporter Tracy Davidson at the annual “SBA Day at the Ballpark” event June 12. The event is open to the media.

The awards ceremony begins at 10 a.m. June 12 with a luncheon at the “XFINITY Live! Philadelphia” restaurant at 1100 Pattison Ave. (tickets available: followed by a 1:05 p.m. Phillies game at nearby Citizens Bank Park (tickets available: The event is cosponsored Constant Contact and the U.S. Small Business Administration.

SBA’s Eastern Pennsylvania Small Business Person of the Year award winner is 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.


To request interviews or photos, contact Robert Goza, SBA’s Public Information Officer in the Philadelphia District Office, at 610-382-3084 or

Cosponsorship Authorization #14-0303-67. 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.