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William N. Byers, Jr., Owner of Explorer Studios, Selected at 2014 Minority Small Business Champion of the Year

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Monday, May 5, 2014
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Monday, May 5, 2014
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Doug Dare (714) 560-7467 or Christopher Lorenzana (714) 560-7453

Long-time member of Black Chamber of Commerce works to increase business opportunities for minorities and minority-owned businesses  

SANTA ANA, CA – William N. Byers, Jr., owner of Explorer Studios, Inc., has been selected to receive the 2014 Minority Small Business Champion Award, in recognition of his efforts to support ethnic business organizations.  Byers was nominated for the award by Bobby McDonald, President & Executive Director of the Black Chamber of Commerce of Orange County. 

William N. Byers and his company, Explorer Studios, are a full service professional video production company with services including screenwriting, video production, interactive programming, custom sound design, voice-over, shooting, editing, duplication and DVD authoring.  Clients and organizations Byers and his company have supported include Advantage Certified Development Company, African Child Foundation, Community Action Partnership of Orange County, and the Boeing Company.  Byers is a Vietnam veteran who served as a military police officer in the United States Air Force. 

According to his nomination package, Byers identified a need in the community for young minority storytellers, and over the past ten years, has taken the initiative to find entrepreneurs such as Jason Woo, Theo Miller and Ami Ide.  Coordinated through the California State University Fullerton LINKS Mentoring Program, Byers has brought these individuals into his company as interns to provide them an opportunity to hone their craft on the job. 

Byers has been involved with the Black Chamber of Commerce and the Black Chamber Education Fund since 2000, where his innovative and conscientious efforts have been lauded by President Bobby McDonald.  The Black Chamber awarded Byers the 2003 Business Person of the Year and in 2009, his company Explorer Studios, the Michael R. Jones Business Impact Award, in recognition of his contributions assisting minorities to increase their business opportunities.

According to J. Adalberto Quijada, District Director for SBA Santa Ana District Office, “Byers longstanding support of ethnic and multicultural business organizations and willingness to invest time, energy, and professional services is commendable.  We are pleased to recognize his contributions with this award.” 

Every year since 1963, the President of the United States has issued a proclamation announcing National Small Business Week, in order to recognize the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners.  As part of National Small Business Week, SBA takes the opportunity to highlight their impact, working to grow small businesses, create 21st century jobs, drive innovation, and increase America’s global competitiveness.

Byers will be recognized and receive the 2014 Minority Small Business Champion Award at the Small Business Awards program produced by the Orange County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce at the Disney Grand Californian Hotel on May 21, 2014 from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm.  For information about the event and to RSVP, please contact Jessica Salcedo at 714-953-4289 or email jsalcedo@ochcc.com

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