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SBA Names Regional 8(a) Graduate of the Year

Andrew Harold named Region IV Winner
Release Date: 
Thursday, March 23, 2017
Release Number: 
Nayana Sen (904) 443-1900

Jacksonville, Fla. – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) North Florida District Office is proud to announce the 2017 North Florida District (NFDO), State of Florida, and Region IV 8(a) Graduate of the Year is Andrew “Andy” Harold, President of A. Harold and Associates, LLC located in Jacksonville, Florida. This award is part of National Small Business Week and will be presented locally by the NFDO.

“I’m proud to have one of our local 8(a) graduates recognized at the regional level. Congratulations to Andy Harold on this win. Our office has worked closely with Andy throughout his time in the program. I look forward to presenting Andy with this award in May,” stated Wilfredo J. Gonzalez, SBA District Director.

Today, Administrator Linda McMahon, the head of the U.S. Small Business Administration, announced the 2017 National Small Business Week awardees for 16 different categories ranging from exporting, outreach, contracting, lending, disaster recovery to manufacturing and research and development. 

Other winners for the District and State of Florida Small Business Week winners will be announced shortly. The North Florida District Office will present its business and lender recognition awards during the 2017 Small Business Week Celebration hosted by the Small Business Development Center at the University of North Florida on May 4, 2017 in Jacksonville, Florida.  Central Florida area winners will be honored at a private event hosted by the Small Business Development Center at the University of Central Florida, on May 16, 2017 at the Citrus Club in Orlando, Florida. 

Each year since 1963, the president has issued a proclamation calling for the celebration of National Small   Business Week.  National Small Business Week is set as the first week in May, and this year the dates are April 30 – May 6 with national events planned in Washington, D.C., New York City, Indianapolis, Dallas and Fresno, Calif.

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The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 as an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation. We recognize that small business is critical to our economic recovery and strength, to building America's future, and to helping the United States compete in today's global marketplace. Although SBA has grown and evolved in the years since it was established in 1953, the bottom line mission remains the same. The SBA helps Americans start, build and grow businesses. Through an extensive network of field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations, SBA delivers its services to people throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, the U. S. Virgin Islands and Guam.