SBA’s West Virginia District Office Announces 2015 Small Business Week Award Winners

Release Date: 
Friday, March 27, 2015
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Advisory Date: 
Friday, March 27, 2015
Nikki Bowmar | (304) 623-7445 |

The U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) West Virginia District Office is excited to announce their 2015 Small Business Week Award Winners. The winners receive recognition during a noon luncheon at the 25th annual Teaming to Win conference, Wednesday, May 27 at Canaan Resort and Conference Center in Davis. Secretary of State Natalie Tennant will emcee the event. Details regarding the luncheon and conference are forthcoming and can be found at

2015 award winners include:

  • West Virginia Small Business Person of the Year
    Jeannette L. King – Strategic Resolution Experts, Inc.
    Martinsburg, WV
    Nominated by: Jamye Eells, Strategic Resolution Experts, Inc.

  • West Virginia Family-Owned Small Business of the Year
    Rocco Muriale – Muriale’s Restaurant
    Fairmont, WV
    Nominated by: Tina Shaw, Marion County Chamber of Commerce

  • West Virginia Entrepreneurial Success
    Justin Seibert – Direct Online Marketing
    Wheeling, WV
    Nominated by: Chad Remp, Wheeling Truck Center, Inc.

  • West Virginia Financial Champion of the Year
    Jason William Shepherd – Peoples Bank, Huntington Branch
    Huntington, WV
    Nominated by: Amber Wilson, WV Small Business Development Center

  • West Virginia Minority Small Business Champion of the Year
    Sandra Moss – Black Business Association Supporting Entrepreneurs
    Saint Albans, WV
    Nominated by: Carolyn Stuart, Herbert Henderson Office of Minority Affairs

  • West Virginia Veteran Small Business Champion of the Year
    Marsha Hopkins – Excalibur Services, LLC
    Scott Depot, WV
    Nominated by: Jerry Henderson, WV SCORE

  • West Virginia Women in Business Champion of the Year
    Terri Cutright – Formerly of Main Street Morgantown
    Morgantown, WV
    Nominated by: Sharon Stratton, WV Small Business Development Center

West Virginia’s top small business SBA lenders also receive recognition during the celebration: West Virginia Community Bank of the Year is MVB Bank, for approving seven SBA-guaranteed loans in West Virginia totaling nearly $900,000. West Virginia Lender of the Year is Huntington National Bank for approving 78 SBA-guaranteed loans worth over $12 million.

“I have traveled the state to visit each of these winners and we are very lucky to have such a great group of small business owners and champions representing us this year,” states SBA West Virginia District Director Karen Friel. “It is important that we take time to recognize them for their ongoing commitment to making West Virginia a great place to work, live, and raise a family.”


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The mission of the SBA is to aid, counsel, assist and promote the interests of small businesses by providing financial, procurement and business development assistance and advocating on their behalf within the government.  All SBA programs are extended to the public on a non-discriminatory basis. 

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