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Small Business Administration’s Buffalo District Office Celebrates National Small Business Week

Join us to recognize local small business owners during National Small Business Week May 3-9
Release Date: 
Tuesday, March 10, 2020
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Contact: (716) 551-3249

BUFFALO, NY— While the U.S. Small Business Administration will kick off National Small Business Week on May 3, 2020, in Washington, D.C., small business owners and entrepreneurs around the country will be celebrating with local and regional events. 

Locally, SBA Buffalo District winners will receive their awards during a small business recognition ceremony to be held in Buffalo on May 4.  They will also be recognized on May 8, 2020 at the Small Business Week Awards Luncheon. The luncheon will be held at the Salvatore’s Italian Gardens from 12:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m. Registrations for this event can be made online at  Further details and announcements will be forthcoming.

“National Small Business Week recognizes the hard work, ingenuity and complete dedication of our entrepreneurs.  I am proud of the Buffalo District office winners for their personal achievements and their contributions to the American economy,” said SBA Buffalo District Director Franklin J. Sciortino.

Franklin J. Sciortino, district director of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Buffalo district office today, announced all District SBA winners, today.  

The following is a list of the SBA’s 2020 Buffalo District Office Small Business Week award winners:

1.    Small Business Person of the Year
Larry Robb

2.    Financial Services Champion of the Year

Martin Griffith

3.    SBA Home-Based Business of the Year

Aging Well Care Management. LLC
4.    SBA Minority Small Business Champion of the Year

Mauricio Canton Diaz
5.    SBA Exporter of the Year

Garrett Leather Corp.

6.    Veteran Business Champion of the Year

Paul J. Marzello, Sr.

7.    SBA Women in Business Champion of the Year

Denise D. Damonti-Wright

8.    SBA Family-Owned Business of the Year

Vidler’s 5 & 10, Inc.
9.    SBA Government Contracting Champion of the Year

Benjamin M. Wood

District Director’s Small Business Week Special Recognition Award 
Denise M. Neamon, CPA
    The Bonadio Group

District Director’s Small Business Week Special Award of Distinction & Achievement 

Russell Grosjean
ECC Professor


About the U.S. Small Business Administration
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