SBA Portland District Office Hosts 2017 Small Business Week Awards Luncheon May 3

Troutdale Business Owner Named SBA Oregon Small Business Person of the Year
Release Date: 
Thursday, April 13, 2017
Sean Wilson – | 503-326-7251

PORTLAND, Ore.  – The Small Business Administration Portland District Office has named Brandon Vaughn, owner and president of All-Clean Property Maintenance LLC, as Oregon's Small Business Person of the Year.  The Portland District will also award winners across a range of competitive categories.

Each spring the SBA recognizes small businesses across the country during National Small Business Week (NSBW) April 30-May 6, 2017.  Winners will be recognized during the SBA Portland District’s annual awards luncheon  May 3 at the Portland Art Museum.

“These winners represent the rich history of entrepreneurship and innovation that Oregon and southwest Washington are known for,” SBA Portland District Director Martin Golden said.  “During National Small Business Week, our communities celebrate the tremendous contributions small businesses have made in creating new jobs and their role as the engine for today’s economy.”

2017 NSBW Award Winners by Category:

  • Small Business Person of the Year – Brandon Vaughn, All-Clean Property Maintenance, LLC (Troutdale, Oregon) All-Clean President Brandon Vaughn took over management of the company in 2011, when his father could no longer continue in that role due to health concerns. For more than 30 years, the company was a home-based business with a single service van. Today, All-Clean employs more than 20 employees, operates in double the service area and recently introduced the only waste container sanitation service in Portland. With one-to-one business counseling from advisors at the Mount Hood Small Business Development Center, All-Clean is primed to see another year of significant growth.  Vaughn and other state Small Business Person of the Year winners are finalists for the SBA National Small Business Person of the Year award to be announced in Washington, D.C. during NSBW.
  • Family-Owned Business of the Year – La Morenita Tortilleria, Inc.  (Woodburn, Oregon) Miguel Diaz Sr. sold his three tortilla factories when he emigrated from Mexico to the United States with his family.  In 1994, after 15 years of working in other industries, Diaz started La Morenita Tortilleria, the same name as the ones he owned in Mexico.  Today, the Diaz family work together to continue the tradition that started back in Mexico.  La Morenita Tortilleria is on a steady growth trajectory with the purchase of a new warehouse facility and the refinancing of two of their current buildings.  These were made possible with the SBA Loan Program. La Morenita delivers tortillas from Eugene, Oregon to Vancouver, Washington and has distribution channels throughout the Pacific Northwest.
  • 8(a) Graduate of the Year – Carmen Nazario, ELYON International, Inc. (Vancouver, Washington) ELYON International, Inc. President Carmen Nazario is a U.S. Army veteran from Puerto Rico.  Her technology and management consulting company serves government and Fortune 500 companies. In addition to participating in the SBA 8(a) Business Development Program, Nazario grew her business with assistance from the SBA Veteran Business Outreach Center and SCORE counseling.  Today the company has more than 80 employees working across seven states.  Nazario was also selected as the SBA Region 10 8(a) Graduate of the Year among winners from the Pacific Northwest including Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington. She was one of 10 finalists for the SBA National 8(a) Graduate of the Year.
  • Nano Business of the Year – Lauren Purvis, Mizuba Tea Co. (Portland, Oregon) Combining her love of tea and a fateful visit to Japan, Lauren Purvis’ Mizuba Tea company brings traditional as well as modern Japanese matcha tea experiences to America.  During the past three years, Mizuba has grown an established clientele base of more than 200 wholesale accounts to include major gourmet grocery stores, chocolatiers, spas, coffee shops and bakeries across the country.  The company has doubled its revenue each year since starting in 2013.  Purvis was a member of the SCORE Women’s CEO Roundtable in 2015.


Small Business Champion Awards are presented to individuals or organizations that promote, assist and aid small business:

  • Small Business Champion of the Year – Jennifer Fern, KeyBank (Beaverton, Oregon) Vice President and Senior SBA Specialist Jennifer Fern of KeyBank has been working with small businesses in Oregon and southwest Washington for nearly 12 years.  Fern assists companies in planning for and obtaining capital through the SBA Loan Program to help them improve, grow and transition.  Fern’s banking career spans more than 20 years starting in 1996 as a teller and to various roles to include underwriting and commercial banking. Fern’s approach to helping local businesses has earned the respect of her colleagues.  “Her clients appreciate her for life – since she often puts solutions in place that save businesses, jobs and our community’s health,” said KeyBank Senior Vice President and Business Banking Team Leader Barbara Cardinale.


Small Business Lending Awards presented to leading SBA lenders:

The Small Business Week luncheon also recognizes the leading SBA lenders who provide the capital small businesses need to grow and succeed. In the SBA Portland District, there have been six record breaking years of lending since 2010. In fiscal year 2016, lenders delivered nearly $549 million in supported SBA small business loans, topping the previous record year of $463 million. The lender awardees are representative of the more than 80 qualified lenders in Oregon.

Portland District Lending All-Stars
SBA 7(a) Lenders that processed at least 20 loans and/or $10 million

  • U.S. Bank - 260 loans, $61.2 million 
  • Wells Fargo Bank - 177 loans, $52.4 million
  • KeyBank - 70 loans, $33.3 million
  • JPMorgan Chase – 53 loans, $8.4 million,
  • Banner Bank - 40 loans, $3.6 million,
  • Bank of the Cascades – 34 loans, $5.7 million,
  • Bank of the West - 24 loans, $14.7 million,
  • Columbia State Bank - 24 loans, $5.4 million,
  • Stearns Bank NA - 23 loans, $8.5 million,
  • Summit Bank - 21 loans, $7.4 million,
  • Live Oak Banking Company - 17 loans, $21.2 million,
  • Pacific Western Bank - 16 loans, $26.2 million,
  • Umpqua Bank - 16 loans, $13.2 million,


SBA 504 CDC’s that processed at least 10 loans and/or $5 million (A CDC is a Certified Development Company; a nonprofit corporation set up to contribute to the economic development of its community):


  • Evergreen Business Capital - 43 loans, $31.1 million,
  • Northwest Business Development Association - 16 loans, $18.1 million,
  • CCD Business Development - 5 loans, $5.2 million,


For more information about SBA tools and programs, visit the SBA Portland District Office webpage at For information on National Small Business Week, visit