U.S. Small Business Administration, Santa Ana District Office Announces 2016 Small Business Week Honorees

Honorees span a variety of industries to include manufacturing, retailing, professional services, information technology, bioengineering and food, in addition to business and community organizations
Release Date: 
Friday, April 15, 2016
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Advisory Date: 
Friday, April 15, 2016
Advisory Number: 
Doug Dare, (714) 560-7467 or Christopher Lorenzana, (714) 560-7453

Santa Ana, CA – The U.S. Small Business Administration, Santa Ana District Office is pleased to announce the following individuals, businesses and organizations will be honored as recipients in the Agency’s annual Small Business Week awards program:

  • Martha Daniel, President & Chief Executive Officer, Information Management Resources, Inc. – 2016 Small Business Person of the Year (Aliso Viejo)
  • Tuan Van Nguyen, President, Quoc Viet Foods – 2016 Small Business Person of the Year Finalist (Orange)
  • Ali Youssef, Owner/President, USOC Medical, Inc. – 2016 Small Business Person of the Year Finalist (Irvine)
  • David Hanson, President, Hands On Bicycles DBA Jax Bicycle Center – 2016 Small Business Person of the Year Finalist (Various locations)
  • Christopher G. Kuran, President, Waterstone Faucets – 2016 Region IX Exporter of the Year (Murrieta)
  • Taylor P. Hale, Chief Executive Officer, Crown Paper Converting – 2016 Family Owned Business of the Year (Ontario)
  • Venu Sarakki, Chief Executive Officer, Sarakki Associates, Inc. – 2016 8(a) Business Development Graduate of the Year (Santa Ana)
  • Jay Goth, Executive Director, InSoCalConnect – 2016 Small Business Champion of the Year (Temecula)
  • Bekele Demissie, Senior Community & Business Relations Specialist, Orange County Transportation Authority – 2016 Minority Small Business Champion of the Year (Santa Ana)
  • Robert V. “Bobby” McDonald, President & Executive Director, Black Chamber of Commerce of Orange County and Member, Orange County Veterans Advisory Council – 2016 Veteran Small Business Champion of the Year (Santa Ana)
  • Desiree Patno, Chief Executive Officer, National Association of Women in Real Estate Businesses – 2016 Women in Business Champion of the Year (Irvine)
  • Paul Symczak, Executive Director, Launchpad Small Business Development Center – 2016 Small Business Development Center - Excellence and Innovation Award (Aliso Viejo)

The awardees will be recognized and receive their awards at the local Small Business Week Awards program, which will be held on Tuesday, May 3, 2016 from 10:30 a.m. until approximately 2:00 p.m. at the Disneyland Hotel Grand Ballroom.  The event is being hosted by the Orange County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.  For more information on the event or to register, email events@ochcc.com or call (714) 953-4289.

About Small Business Week

Every year since 1963, the President of the United States has issued a proclamation announcing National Small Business Week, which recognizes the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners.  More than half of Americans either own or work for a small business, and they create about two out of every three new jobs in the U.S. each year.  As part of National Small Business Week, the agency takes the opportunity to highlight the impact of outstanding entrepreneurs, small business owners and others at local events around the country.  Every day, these individuals are working to grow small businesses, create 21st century jobs, drive innovation, and increase America’s global competitiveness.  For more information, please visit www.sba.gov/nsbw/nsbw