SBA'S 2013 Delaware Small Business Award Winners to be Lauded at Deerfield Country Club Event Tonight; Senators Carper and Coons Scheduled to Join Celebration

Advisory Date: 
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Advisory Number: 
Jennifer Pilcher | 302-573-6294, ext. 222 |



WILMINGTON, DEL. – Delaware Senators Tom Carper and Chris Coons are scheduled to join the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Delaware District Office in presenting its annual Small Business Awards tonight, May 21, at Deerfield Golf Club, 507 Thompson Station Road, Newark, Del. 19711. The awards presentation event will start at 5:30 p.m. and will include remarks from Sens. Carper and Coons. The event is open to the media.


WHO:       Senator Tom Carper (Del.)

                Senator Chris Coons (Del.)  

                John Fleming, Acting Director, U.S. SBA Delaware District Office


WHAT:    U.S. SBA Delaware District Office Small Business Awards


WHEN:    May 21, 2013 at 5:30 p.m.


WHERE:  Deerfield Golf Club, 507 Thompson Station Road, Newark, Del. 19711



“As a local commemoration of the Presidentially-designated National Small Business Week, this event is an opportunity to recognize the achievements of small business and its advocates in Delaware,” said Fleming. “Every year the award winners honored at this event have truly distinguished themselves and represent the very best that the Delaware small business community has to offer.” 


Businesses to be honored at SBA’s 2013 Delaware Small Business Awards event are:


Small Business Person of the Year: Coleman E. Bye, III, President/Owner, The Mercantile Press, Inc., Wilmington, Del.

Founded in 1884, this family-owned business is the oldest printing company in Delaware. The company is a full-service print communications firm serving clients in a variety of industries.


Small Business Exporters of the Year: Michael Linett, President; July Linett, Vice President, Operations, Zerowait Corporation, Wilmington, Del.

Zerowait Corporation provides cost-effective storage systems and technical support to customers worldwide. Founded in 1991, this Delaware business exports to Australia, New Zealand, Canada and Europe.


Family-Owned Business of the Year: Catherine Hopkins Grieco, President, Hopkins and Sons, Inc., New Castle, Del.

Founded in 1946, Hopkins and Sons, Inc., is a 4th generation, full-service relocation company. The company provides moving, packing, crating and storage services for local, nationwide, and international relocations for residential and commercial customers.



Minority Small Business Person of the Year: Felicia Enuha, Bristol Industrial Corporation, New Castle, Del. 

Bristol is a distribution firm located in New Castle, Del. Since its funding, the firm has grown substantially, winning a variety of public and private sector contracts.


Small Business Champions of the Year: Clinton Tymes, State Director; Barbara Necarsulmer, Associate State Director, Delaware Small Business and Technology Development Center (“SBTDC”), Newark, Del.

Clinton Tymes has been the State Director of the Delaware SBTDC network since 1994. In that role, he conducts the long range planning and program development for the statewide network. Tymes served as Training Coordinator for the SBTDC from 1989 to 1994.

Barbara Necarsulmer has been the Associate State Director of the Delaware SBTDC since 1993. In that role, she handles operations, marketing, IT and financial administration for the statewide SBTDC network as well as the PTAC. From 1987 through 1996, Necarsulmer was the SBTDC’s sole representative in Kent and Sussex counties, Delaware, where she directly assisted hundreds of business owners.


Top Delaware SBA 7(a) Program Lender by Number of Loans: M & T Bank


First Runner Up, Delaware SBA 7(a) Program Lender by Number of Loans: Citizens Bank


Top Delaware SBA 7(a) Program Lender by Dollar Amount: Applied Bank


First Runner Up, Delaware SBA 7(a) Program Lender by Dollar Amount: Cecil Bank


Top Delaware SBA 504 Program Lender: Delaware Community Development Corporation


Top Delaware SBA 504 Program Third Party Lender, by Dollar Amount: Susquehanna Bank


Top Delaware SBA 504 Program Third Party Lender, by Number of Loans: WSFS and Mid Coast Bank (tie)


SBA’s National Small Business Week will be celebrated with events nationwide, as follows:

Newark, DE: Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Seattle, WA: Monday, June 17, 2013

Dallas, TX: Tuesday, June 18, 2013

St. Louis, MO: Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Pittsburgh, Penn.: Thursday, June 20, 2013

Washington, DC: Friday, June 21, 2013

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To request interviews or photos, contact Jennifer Pilcher, SBA’s Public Information Officer in the Delaware District Office, at 302-573-6294, ext. 222 |



This news release does not constitute or imply an endorsement by SBA of any opinions, products or services of any private individual or entity.


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The SBA is an independent federal agency, created in 1953, to assist small businesses start, grow, and prosper. The SBA provides financial assistance by: (1) making loans to help families and businesses recover from national disasters and (2) providing loan guarantees to commercial financial institutions for working capital (7a loans), buildings/land/equipment (504 loans through the Certified Development Corporations), and for exports. Through our resource partners, the SBA also offers a variety of business development programs and services such as training, government contracting and export assistance. SBA resource partners include Small Business Development Centers, Women’s Business Centers, and SCORE (Counselors to America's Small Businesses). For information on the SBA’s programs and services contact us at 302-573-6294 or