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SBA Administrator Announces National Small Business Week Awardees

Awardees invited to Washington, D.C. recognition ceremony, April 30 – May 1
Release Date: 
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Release Number: 
17-13
Contact: 
Terry Sutherland 202-205-6919

WASHINGTONAdministrator Linda McMahon, the head of the U.S. Small Business Administration, today announced the 2017 National Small Business Week awardees for 16 different categories ranging from exporting, outreach, contracting, lending, disaster recovery to manufacturing and research and development. 

Last week McMahon announced the 54 Small Business Person of the Year state and territorial winners. These recipients are now competing for the 2017 National Small Business Person of the Year.  All awardees have been invited to Washington, D.C. to participate in events and ceremonies on April 30-May 1.  

“More than half of all Americans either own or work for a small business, and they create about two out of three net new jobs in the U.S. each year. I couldn’t be prouder of all the awardees this year – they are working to grow small businesses, create 21st century jobs, drive innovation, and increase America’s global competitiveness. It is an honor during National Small Business Week to honor and celebrate their hard work and success,” McMahon said.

Awards announced today:

Exporter of the Year

Jody C. Raskind Mission Lender of the Year

Small Business Investment Company of the Year

SCORE Chapter of the Year

 

Awards to SBA Resource Partners:

o   Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Excellence and Innovation Award

o   Women’s Business Center of Excellence Award

o   Veterans Business Outreach Center Excellence in Service Award

 

Phoenix Awards for Disaster Recovery:

o   Outstanding Small Business Disaster Recovery

o   Outstanding Contributions to Disaster Recovery, Public Official

o   Outstanding Contributions to Disaster Recovery, Volunteer

 

Federal Procurement Awards:

o   Small Business Prime Contractor of the Year

o   Small Business Subcontractor of the Year

o   Dwight D. Eisenhower Awards for Excellence (for large prime contractors who use small businesses as suppliers and contractors in Services, R&D and Manufacturing)

o   8(a) Graduate of the Year

Each year since 1963, the president has issued a proclamation calling for the celebration of National Small Business Week.  National Small Business Week is set as the first week in May, and this year the dates are April 30 – May 6 with national events planned in Washington, D.C., New York City, Indianapolis, Dallas and Fresno, Calif.

 

Awardees

 

National Exporter of the Year

 

Abram’s Bed LLC

Dba The Safety Sleeper

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

 

Rose Morris                           

President

 

Small Business Development Center – Excellence and Innovation Award

 

SBDC at Hamilton Mill

Hamilton, Ohio

 

Mr. David Riggs

Director

 

Women’s Business Center of Excellence

 

Mi Casa Women’s Business Center

Denver, Colorado

 

Elena Vasconez

Director

 

SCORE – Chapter of the Year

 

SCORE Boston – Chapter #20

Boston, Massachusetts

 

Laura Colcord

Co-Chair

 

Howard Fine

Past Co-Chair

 

Veterans Business Outreach Center Excellence in Service

VetBiz Central

Flint, Michigan

 

Matt Sherwood

Executive Director

 

8(a) Graduate of the Year

 

Healthcare Management Solutions LLC

Fairmont, West Virginia

 

Leah Joan Heimbach

President

 

Jody C. Raskind Mission Lender of the Year

 

Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation (WWBIC)

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

 

Wendy Katherine Baumann

President/Chief Visionary Officer

 

Small Business Investment Company (SBIC)

 

Deerpath Capital Management, LP

New York City

 

James H. Kirby

CEO & Director

 

Phoenix Awards:

 

Outstanding Small Business Disaster Recovery

 

Ember Industries, Inc.

Austin, Texas

 

Rob Leonardis

President

 

Outstanding Contributions to Disaster Recovery by a Volunteer

 

Susan Jack

Clendenin, West Virginia

 

Outstanding Contributions To Disaster Recovery by a Volunteer (two winners)

 

Carol Huchingson

Director of Social Services

Lakeport, California

 

Stephen K. Benjamin

Mayor, City of Columbia

Columbia, South Carolina

 

Small Business Prime Contractor of the Year

 

QMF Steel, Inc.

Campbell, Texas

 

Sherrill Lester

President

 

Small Business Subcontractor of the Year

 

IO Environmental and Infrastructure, Inc.

San Diego, California

 

Michael Bilodeau

Owner/CEO

 

Dwight D. Eisenhower Awards

Services:

 

Jacobs Engineering, Inc.

Huntsville, Alabama

 

Randy Lycans

Jacobs Vice President & ESSSA Group GM

 

Research and Development:

Wyle Laboratories, Inc.

Houston, Texas

 

Helen Lawley

Small Business Liaison Officer

 

Manufacturing:

Lockheed Martin Corp.

Bethesda, Maryland

Susannah Raheb

Corporate Supply Diversity Leader

 

For more information about National Small Business Week visit: www.sba.gov/nsbw

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ABOUT THE U.S. Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 and since January 13, 2012 has served as a Cabinet-level agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation.  The SBA helps Americans start, build and grow businesses.  Through an extensive network of field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations, the SBA delivers its services to people throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam. www.sba.gov