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SBA’s 2014 Eastern Pa., mid-Atlantic 8(a) Graduate Of Year

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Tuesday, June 3, 2014
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Advisory Date: 
Monday, June 2, 2014
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Robert Goza (610) 382-3084 | robert.goza@sba.gov

The McConnell Group leverages SBA program to grow, succeed and create jobs

PHILADELPHIA – U.S. Small Business Administration mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator Natalia Olson-Urtecho and SBA Philadelphia District Director David Dickson are pleased to announce the eastern Pennsylvania and SBA mid-Atlantic Region’s 2014 8(a) Graduate of the Year, Irving W. McConnell, CEO of The McConnell Group (TMG).

Olson-Urtecho and Dickson recognize McConnell and present the district’s Small Business Week awards with Philadelphia’s NBC10 anchor and consumer reporter Tracy Davidson at the annual “SBA Day at the Ballpark” event June 12The event is open to the media.

“It’s an honor to recognize the accomplishments of our small business communities,” said mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator Natalia Olson-Urtecho.  “The successes Irving has accomplished have led TMG to provide an excellent example of a small business that starts, grows and goes on to great things.  Leveraging the 8(a) program can serve as a springboard into government contracting and SBA is proud to be a part of small business success stories, like Irving’s, that are helping to drive our nation’s economic recovery.”

As a regional and local recognition of the Presidentially-designated National Small Business Week award winners, this event recognizes the achievements of small business and its advocates in eastern Pennsylvania,” said Dickson.  “Every year the award winners, like Irving McConnell’s TMG, who are honored at this event have truly distinguished themselves and represent the very best that the eastern Pennsylvania small business community has to offer.”

Founded in Pennsylvania in 1996 as a health sciences company, TMG – now headquartered in Rockville, Md. – continues to focus on biomedical research and biodefense research support services, while expanding into related practice areas based on client requirements.

“Many of the successes TMG has seen over the years have been a direct reflection of the SBA and taking part in the 8(a) program,” McConnell said.  “It started with attending meetings held at the SBA Philadelphia office to receive lessons learned from other successful business owners to assistance in obtaining a Certificate of Competency for our first government contract.”

During the last fifteen months of TMG’s 8(a) program, Irving McConnell was deployed in Iraq.  Upon his return, he fought hard along with his 8(a) counselor to help change a major ruling which now will freeze 8(a) program time of business owners/reservists deployed on military missions. 

Driven by the professional interest and experience of a steadily-growing staff of over 150 nationwide, TMG has matured into several business sectors designed to work either together or independently.  The company’s services are focused on supporting the nation in the areas of research, environmental science, defense and homeland security.  SBA’s nine-year 8(a) Business Development Program helps socially and economically disadvantaged firms develop and grow their businesses and provides access to government contracting opportunities, allowing them to become solid competitors in the federal marketplace.

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: www.ticketfly.com/event/576227) followed by a 1:05 p.m. Phillies game at nearby Citizens Bank Park (tickets available: www.phillies.com/sbaday).  The event is cosponsored Constant Contact and the U.S. Small Business Administration.

 SBA’s Eastern Pennsylvania 8(a) Graduate of the Year award winner is selected annually from among nominees located across Pennsylvania’s eastern 40 counties. Mid-Atlantic regional winners are selected annually from the winning nominees in Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and Washington D.C. 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 robert.goza@sba.gov.


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.


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